No. 5 Gymnastics Travels to California, Readies for Another Pink Meet

Feb. 5, 2010

THE MEET ... The No. 5 Oregon State gymnastics team (7-0) travels for just the second time in 2010 this Sunday to face California (0-4). The meet at Haas Pavilion is set to start at 2 p.m.

ANOTHER PINK MEET ... The Beavers will don their pink leos for the second week in a row as the meet at California is not only the Bears' Senior Day but also their annual Pink Meet. The meet is an effort to raise breast cancer awareness and donations to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area affiliate.

THE SERIES ... The Beavers leads the all-time series with the Bears 74-4 with OSU's last loss coming in 2004. All four losses for the Beavers have come on the road.

LAST TIME ON THE FLOOR ... Last week, OSU extended its unbeaten record to 7-0 beating then-No. 5 Stanford and Seattle Pacific. The Beavers used a season-high team score of 196.225 to move up a spot in the rankings to No. 5, moving past the Cardinal. Oregon State used stellar rotations on the bars and beam and had the meet in hand heading to the final event. For the first time this year, OSU - which ranked No. 2 in the nation on the floor entering the meet - counted a fall on the floor exercise ... Mandi Rodriguez enjoyed another great outing and scored 39.475 to win the all-around while Makayla Stambaugh scored 39.375 to finish second - Rodriguez and Stambaugh have finished 1-2 in the all-around in all four meets this season ... Olivia Vivian returned to the bars lineup and scored a career-high 9.90 ... the Beavers swept the final awards with Rodriguez tying for first on vault (9.90), Laura-Ann Chong winning on bars (9.925), Leslie Mak and Stambaugh tying on beam (9.875), and Rodriguez winning on the floor (9.90) ... Kelsi Blalock performed on the floor exercise for the first time and scored 9.750.

WHAT'S COMING UP ... Next week, Oregon State returns to the legendary Gill Coliseum to host Arizona. The Beavers and Wildcats will face off Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m.

PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK ... Just one week after Makayla Stambaugh was awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors Mandi Rodriguez followed the feat. Rodriguez scored 39.475 in the all-around and won three individual titles to earn the third Pac-10 GOW award of her career. In addition to the all-around win, Rodriguez tied for first on vault with a 9.90 and took sole possession of first on the floor with a 9.90.

TICKETS ... Tickets for the 2010 season are on sale for for Oregon State's two remaining home meets.

The Beavers are scheduled to face Arizona (Feb. 12) and Kentucky (Mar. 19).

Individual meet tickets are also available by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, in person at the OSU Ticket Office located in room 107 of Gill Coliseum or by going online to osubeavers.com.

IN THE RANKINGS ... All four of Oregon State's lineups are ranked in this week's Top 10. The Beavers are ranked sixth on vault, tied for seventh on the uneven bars, seventh on the balance beam and ninth on the floor exercise ... in addition, several OSU gymnasts are ranked among the top 15 in the nation: Mandi Rodriguez (9.881 average) is seventh and Becky Colvin (9.862) is tied for 13th on the vault; Leslie Mak (9.925) is ranked second, Laura-Ann Chong (9.894) is fourth on bars and Olivia Vivian (9.862) is ranked 10th; Makayla Stambaugh (9.862) is fifth and Chong (9.831) is tied for 14th on the beam; Rodriguez (9.875) is tied for eighth and Stambaugh (9.869) is 12th on the floor; Stambaugh ranks ninth in the all-around (39.294) and Rodriguez is 10th (39.231).

PINK OUT SUCCESS ... The OSU gymnastics program and The Corvallis Clinic hosted the fifth annual Pink Out meet Jan. 29 against Stanford and Seattle Pacific. The goal of the meet is to raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer awareness with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Corvallis Clinic's Project H.E.R. (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.). A crowd of 6,143 cheered the Beavers to victory in a fantastic gymnastics meet - it was the largest crowd for a regular season meet since 1997 ... The following morning the Beavers' booster club, the 10.0 Club, hosted the third annual Pink Out Breakfast and Silent Auction in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. More than 180 supporters joined the team and raised more than $9,000 in all for Project H.E.R.

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