No. 3 Gymnastics Faces No. 9 UCLA in First of Four Straight on the Road

Feb. 18, 2010

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THE MEET ... The No. 3 Oregon State gymnastics team (9-0) is back on the road this week to face No. 9 UCLA (6-2) at Pauley Pavilion, Sunday at 2 p.m. The trip to Southern California is the first of four straight road trips to face top 25 teams for the Beavers.

THE SERIES ... The Beavers trail the all-time series with the Bruins 23-69 and lost to the Pac-10's traditional powerhouse in all three of the teams' meetings in 2009. However, OSU did knock off UCLA at the Pac-10 Championships in 2008 ... OSU has beaten UCLA at Pauley four times with the most recent road win coming at Pac-10's in 1991. The `91 Beavers had beaten the Bruins in Pauley earlier that season as well.

WE'RE NO. 3 ... Oregon State is ranked No. 3 in the nation this week according to GymInfo. This is the first time since the week of March 30, 1992 that the Beavers have been ranked as high as No. 3.

UNDERSTANDING THE RANKINGS ... Unlike many other collegiate athletic rankings, gymnastics rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Teams are ranked purely on their scores. At the beginning of the season, teams are ranked by their season average. Beginning the week of Feb. 22, teams and individual gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is a formula based on a team's top six regular season scores (three of which are required to be from away meets). To calculate the RQS, the highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.

MORE RANKINGS ... All four of Oregon State's lineups are ranked in this week's Top 10. The Beavers are tied for fourth on vault, tied for fifth on the uneven bars, are ranked eighth on the balance beam and third on the floor exercise ... in addition, several OSU gymnasts are ranked among the top 15 in the nation: Mandi Rodriguez (9.888 average) is tied for fifth and Becky Colvin (9.879) is eighth on vault; Leslie Mak (9.925) is ranked first and Laura-Ann Chong (9.867) is 10th on bars; Melanie Jones and Rodriguez (9.90) are tied for third and Stambaugh (9.896) is seventh on the floor; Rodriguez is tied for ninth in the all-around (39.308) and Stambaugh is seventh (39.254).

WHAT'S COMING UP ... Next week, Oregon State remains on the road to travel to Tempe, Ariz. to face Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena next Friday, Feb. 26.

UPDATES FROM THE PRACTICE GYM ... Freshman Kelsi Blalock, who sprained her ankle during warm-ups two weeks ago at California, has resumed light practice in the gym. She is performing basic skills on the uneven bars and is working on conditioning this week. She is not expected to travel with the team to UCLA this week ... Sophomore Leslie Mak, who sprained her elbow during warm-ups at Ohio State last month, returned to the beam lineup a week later. Mak has begun tumbling on the floor exercise and could be ready to perform this Sunday. However, due to a deep lineup there is no guarantee of a floor performance this week. Mak has also begun to swing on the bars, but her return to the event is not considered imminent.

TICKETS ... Tickets for the 2010 season are on sale for the final home meet of the season.

The Beavers are scheduled to face 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.

LAST TIME ON THE FLOOR ... The Beavers continued their strong start to the 2010 campaign and extended their unbeaten streak to 9-0 with another impressive win over then-No. 21 Arizona, 196.725-194.675. The mark is the highest of the season for the Beavers, who despite a couple missed routines didn't have to count a fall for the second week in a row ... for the third straight week, and fourth time this year, Mandi Rodriguez won the all-around tallying a season-best 39.525 including scoring 9.95 on the vault as well as the floor exercise to claim individual titles ... Makayla Stambaugh added three individual titles of her own scoring a 9.875 on the uneven bars and 9.85 on the beam to go with a 9.95 on the floor to tie Rodriguez ... Stambaugh and Rodriguez scored back-to-back 9.95's on the floor for the second week in a row and third time this season ... Melanie Jones performed in the floor lineup for the second week in a row and scored 9.90 for the second time as well ... Stephanie McGregor performed in the competitive uneven bars lineup for the first time in career. She scored a 9.70.

BEAVERS ALL ACCESS ... The Oregon State gymnastics team was featured at the beginning of the season on Beavers All Access on FSN NW. The 30-minute television program can now be seen via Beaver Nation Online, the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.

MORE MEDIA FOR THE BEAVS ... Senior Mandi Rodriguez was published in the Feb. 15 issue of Sports Illustrated's Faces In The Crowd ... sophomore Leslie Mak was recognized at Inside Gymnastics Magazine, Feb. 17.

NO WEBCAST FOR SEASON FINALE ... Due to a schedule conflict, Oregon State Athletics will be unable to provide a web stream of the March 19 gymnastics meet against Kentucky. In place of the live webcast, the Oregon State Sports Video team will provide a highlight video the following day, free of charge.

PAC-10 HONORS OSU GYMNASTS ... Three Oregon State gymnasts have received the Pac-10 weekly awards in 2010 ... Makayla Stambaugh was named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 18-24. Stambaugh won four individual titles, scoring what was then her career-high with a 39.500 in the all-around. Stambaugh added career-highs on vault (9.875) and bars (9.85) ... Mandi Rodriguez received Gymnast of the Week honors the very next week (Jan. 25-31) when she led the then-No. 6 Beavers past then-No. 5 Stanford, 196.225-195.775. Rodriguez scored 39.475 in the all-around and added a pair of 9.90's on the vault and floor to earn individual titles ... Becky Colvin kept the Beavers streak alive earning Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week during the week of Feb. 1-7. Colvin vaulted to a career-best 9.925 and the individual title at California as the Beavers topped the Bears 196.375-190.100.

RACKING UP THE INDIVIDUAL TITLES ... With 13 individual titles through six meets in 2010, Mandi Rodriguez has moved into third place on the all-time list at Oregon State with 60 career wins. Her 13 wins at the halfway point in the season has her on pace to equal the 26 event titles she posted in 2009, which is the fifth-most in a single season by an Oregon State gymnast ... amazingly, freshman Makayla Stambaugh actually leads the Beavers with 14 individual titles in 2010.Gymnast Titles
1. Chari Knight (1991-94) 116
2. Joy Selig (1988-91) 89
3. Mandi Rodriguez (2007-present) 60
4. Jami Lanz (2006-09) 48
5. Megan Murphy-Barcroft (1996-99) 37
6. Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (2000-04) 33
7. Tasha Smith (2006-09) 31
8. Lara Degenhardt (1998-2001) 26
9. Annie Campbell (2000-04) 21
Amy Durham (1990-93) 21
Rändi Miller (1994-97) 21
Linda Pierce (1988-91) 21

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