Future OSU Gymnast Wins National Championship

May 18, 2009

PUYALLUP, Wash. - Oregon State gymnastics recruit Makayla Stambaugh won the Level 10 Junior Olympic national championship title in the all-around in the Senior D division Saturday. Stambaugh also tied for national titles on the uneven bars and balance beam. Fellow recruits Kelsi Blalock and Leilani Alferos also enjoyed successful performances at the national meet.

Stambaugh (Antelope, Calif./Byers Gymnastics Center), along with Blalock and Alferos signed National Letters of Intent to join the Beavers' gymnastics program in the fall, finished in the top three on each event, recording an all-around score of 38.500 to win the title. She added gold medals on the bars and beam with scores of 9.50 and 9.625 respectively. Stambaugh added a score of 9.65 on the floor exercise to tie for second and scored 9.725 on the vault to tie for third.

Blalock (Puyallup, Wash./Gymnastics East) finished third in the all-around of the Senior C division with a score of 38.150. She scored 9.525 to tie for second on the beam, 9.65 on the floor to tie for fourth and used a 9.75 on the vault to tie for fifth.

Alferos (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.,/Olympics Gymnastics Academy) tied for 20th in the all-around in the Senior D division.

Oregon State finished 11th at the NCAA Championships last month after earning its fourth straight appearance at the championship meet. The Beavers, who lose six seniors including nine routines from the championships, return 10 gymnasts from the 2009 squad including two All-Americans, four All-Pac-10 gymnasts and the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year in Mandi Rodriguez.

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