No. 7 Gymnastics Scores Season-High, Beats No. 21 Arizona
Feb. 13, 2010
CORVALLIS - The No. 7 Oregon State gymnastics team scored a season-high as it tumbled past No. 21 Arizona 196.725-194.675 to extend its season opening unbeaten streak to nine. The Beavers' one-two all-around duo of senior Mandi Rodriguez and freshman Makayla Stambaugh continued to dominate the all-around competition finishing first and second for the third straight meet.
Oregon State's record improved to 9-0 while Arizona falls to 2-4. Besides the all-around win for Rodriguez, she also wrapped up individual titles on the vault with a career-high tying 9.95. Stambaugh, meanwhile, scored 9.875 on the bars and 9.85 to secure individual titles on those events. Stambaugh and Rodriguez executed back-to-back scores of 9.95 on the floor for the third time this season to finish the meet and share the title. The pair has finished first and second in all six meets in 2010.
'This was a really nice performance tonight,' head coach Tanya Chaplin said. 'We've still got some injuries with Kelsi (Blalock) out and Leslie (Mak) still not all the way back, but we've been able to put different people in different spots of different lineups and everybody believes that the next person will get the job done. The belief they have in each other is wonderful.'
Oregon State took a half-point lead during the opening rotation posting a team score of 49.200 with the opening salvo, the Beavers best vault score since setting the season-high against Washington last month. Whitney Watson, who has come around recently after a rough patch early in the season, scored 9.775 in the lead off position for the second straight week. Freshman Melanie Jones, a relatively new addition to the vault lineup, added a season-best 9.725 before the Beavers' quest for a 24-for-24 performance was ended by a missed vault by Stephanie McGregor. Stambaugh quickly corrected course for OSU with a 9.85 vault and was followed by Becky Colvin, who took a small bounce on the landing for a 9.90. Rodriguez closed the rotation by nailing her vault to tie her career-high of 9.95.
The Beavers expanded their lead to a full point in the second rotation with a score of 49.200 for the second rotation in a row. McGregor, performing in the competitive bars lineup for the first time in her career, hit her routine for a solid score of 9.70. Rodriguez followed with a gorgeous routine and a score of 9.85, raising the bar for her teammates. Olivia Vivian, Jen Kesler and Laura-Ann Chong added solid routines and scores of 9.80, 9.85 and 9.825 respectively. Swinging in the anchor spot, Stambaugh finished the rotation with a 9.875 and the individual title.
In the third rotation, steps on the landings cost OSU's beam team early on with Jones and Vivian receiving scores of 9.675 and 9.75 respectively. Rodriguez scored 9.80 and Leslie Mak followed with a 9.825 with solid beam work. Stambaugh added another excellent performance and a score of 9.85. However, an uncharacteristic fall by Chong left the Beavers with a team score of 48.900.
Moving to the floor exercise and the final rotation, the Beavers were seeking to finish the meet with a gusto. McGregor led off with a great routine and a season-high score of 9.80. Vivian and Colvin followed with solid routines and scores of 9.75 and 9.825. Next, Jones, who was performing in the floor lineup for just the second time, tumbled to her second straight 9.90. Providing the gusto were Stambaugh and Rodriguez, who brought the crowd of 3,531 to its feet with back-to-back 9.95's. It is the third time this season the pair has scored 9.95's back-to-back, but only the first time at home. The Beavers totaled a team score of 49.425.
Next week, the Beavers begin a long string of meets that has them away from home for the next four weeks. Oregon State travels to face No. 5 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
NOTE: OSU did not count a fall for the second week in a row ... Sophomore Stephanie McGregor performed on the uneven bars for the first time in the competitive lineup and scored 9.700 ... Makayla Stambaugh and Mandi Rodriguez scored back-to-back 9.50's on the floor exercise for the second week in a row and third time in 2010. The duo has finished 1-2 in the all-around in all six meets this year.
Team Scores: No. 7 Oregon State 196.725; No. 21 Arizona 194.675.
All-Around: 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 39.550; 2. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 39.525; 3. Sarah Tomczyk (ARIZ) 39.175.
Vault (49.200): 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.950; 2. Becky Colvin (OSU) 9.900; 3. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Whitney Watson 9.775, Melanie Jones 9.725, Stephanie McGregor 9.150 (Exhibition - Leilani Alferos 9.600).
Uneven Bars (49.200): 1. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.875; t2. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU), Jen Kesler (OSU) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Laura-Ann Chong 9.825, Olivia Vivian 9.800, Stephanie McGregor 9.700 (Exhibition - Whitney Watson 9.700).
Balance Beam (48.900): 1. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.850; t2. Leslie Mak (OSU), Molly Quirk (ARIZ) 9.825. Other OSU Scores: Mandi Rodriguez 9.800, Olivia Vivian 9.750, Melanie Jones 9.675, Laura-Ann Chong 9.150 (Exhibition - Jen Kesler 9.725).
Floor Exercise (49.425): t1. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU), Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.950; 3. Melanie Jones (OSU) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Becky Colvin 9.825, Stephanie McGregor 9.800, Olivia Vivian 9.750.