OSU Heads for NCAAs; Seeks Super Six Performance
April 13, 2009
BEAVERS TRAVEL TO LINCOLN FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Oregon State gymnastics team (20-9) concludes the 2009 season, April 16-18, at the NCAA Championships at Lincoln, Neb. ... The meet will be held at the University of Nebraska's Devaney Center ... Competition begins Thursday with the preliminary rounds of the team competition; Oregon State competes in the evening session beginning at 7 p.m. CT ... The excitement continues Friday with the Super Six team finals and concludes Saturday with the Individual Event Finals ... This is Oregon State's 20th trip to the NCAA Championships and 23rd total to the gymnastics national championships ... This is the fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships for the Orange & Black ... The Beavers will be vying for their third-ever Super Six appearance and first since 1996 ... The meet will be televised by CBS via tape delay ... It will air on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. PT ... The CBS talent will be Tim Brando and Amanda Borden ... Live stats of all of the competition will be available online at www.Huskers.com and www.NCAA.com.
OSU'S HISTORY AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
2009 marks the Beavers' 20th appearance at the NCAA Championships ... In addition, this is the fourth straight trip to nationals ... This is also the seventh trip to nationals under the guidance of 12th year head coach Tanya Chaplin ... OSU's best finish at NCAAs was a fourth place finish in 1996 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. ... The Beavers finished for 11th in 2008 for the third straight year ... OSU's most recent top 10 finish came in 2000 when the Beavers finished 10th.
LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Beavers finished the afternoon preliminary session at Athens, Ga. disappointed with the conclusion to their season, another 11th place finish. Despite 'hitting' 22-24 routines and not counting a fall, OSU scored only 195.475 to take sixth in the session after having won the NCAA West Regional earlier in the month. Three gymnasts earned All-America honors with Yuki Lamb reaching individual finals on the vault. Lamb finished seventh place overall to earn first team honors. Jen Kesler added second team All-American honors on the uneven bars and Jami Lanz earned second team on the balance beam.
RETURNING TO NATIONALS
Oregon State once again returns an experienced group to the NCAA Championships. Seven current OSU gymnasts competed at Athens in 2008 consisting of 19 out of 24 routines ... In addition, seven gymnasts were also in the competitive lineup at the 2007 championships meet at Salt Lake City that included 18 routines ... Further, three of OSU's seniors (Kera Bolen, Jami Lanz and Tasha Smith) combined for 10 routines at the 2006 NCAA meet in Corvallis, Ore.
OSU returns all four gymnasts who have combined for six All-America honors. Tasha Smith earned second team All-America on vault in 2006 and was a first team member in 2007. Jami Lanz was a second team All-American on bars in 2007 and earned second team on the beam in 2008. Mandi Rodriguez earned first team honors on the vault in 2007 and Jen Kesler earned second team on the bars in 2008.
RODRIGUEZ CLAIMS REGIONAL TITLES
Junior Mandi Rodriguez staked a claim to two individual event titles at the NCAA Central Regional Championships. Rodriguez recorded a career-high tying 9.95 on the vault for the second meet in a row to tie for the event title. She added a 9.925 on the floor exercise to win the event outright. The titles give Rodriguez 11 vault wins and 10 floor wins in 2009. Rodriguez currently ranks No. 5 in the nation on both events.
OSU RANKED ON ALL FOUR EVENTS
Oregon State finished the regular season with all four of its individual lineups ranked among the top 12 in the nation. The Beavers are ranked No. 5 on balance beam, No. 8 on the uneven bars, No. 10 on the floor exercise and are No. 12 on vault.
OTHER BEAVERS IN THE RANKINGS
Several OSU gymnasts can be found ranked among the top 50 in the nation. On vault, Mandi Rodriguez ranks 5th in the nation (9.925 RQS) and Jami Lanz ranks 38th (9.865). Leslie Mak ranks 4th (9.915) and Jen Kesler is 8th on uneven bars (9.895). Laura-Ann Chong (9.870) ranks 27th, Lanz (9.865) is 29th, Mak (9.855) is 36th and Rodriguez (9.850) is 41st on the balance beam. Rodriguez (9.930) ranks 5th and Lanz (9.885) ranks 25th on the floor exercise. Rodriguez also ranks 7th in the all-around (39.480) while Lanz is 21st (39.335).
BEAVERS' BARS TEAM TALLIES NATION'S TOP SCORE
The Oregon State bars team was lights out at the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational against Pacific Northwest rivals Washington and Seattle Pacific. Three OSU gymnasts set or tied career-highs on the event to total a school record score 49.575 ... The lineup that night was: Olivia Vivian, 9.850; Mandi Rodriguez, 9.875; Jami Lanz, 9.925; Laura-Ann Chong, 9.875; Jen Kesler, 9.925 and Leslie Mak, 9.975 ... The previous school record on bars was 49.525, which was set at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships at UCLA.
RACKING UP THE INDIVIDUAL TITLES
Mandi Rodriguez now tallied 26 individual titles this season and has remains in fourth place on the all-time list at Oregon State with 47 career wins. In addition, her 26 titles sets a personal-high for wins in a season and is the fifth-most in a season by an OSU gymnast. Despite Rodriguez's season-long success, she still trails teammate Jami Lanz in the career wins department. Lanz ranks third in Beaver history having taken the top spot 48 times.
LANZ THE RECORD BREAKER
For nearly four years there has been a common theme when people discuss the value Jami Lanz has to the Oregon State gymnastics program -- consistency. The thing her teammates, coaches, fans and media have come to expect is that Jami Lanz will perform every time there is a competition. Heading into the Pac-10 Championships, Lanz has performed in the all-around in all 55 meets of her career -- 220 straight routines and she's hit 94% of them. Competing in the all-around in 55 straight meets is a school record.