Beavers Fall to the Tigers

March 5, 2010

BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 6 Oregon State gymnastics team counted two falls for the first time this season and lost to No. 10 LSU, 196.925-195.525. Mandi Rodriguez finished second in the all-around and tied for vault title and Laura-Ann Chong tied for the beam title.

Oregon State's record dropped to 10-2 while LSU improves to 6-4-1.

Oregon State got off to an unfortunate start to the meet counting a fall in the first rotation. Whitney Watson cast over on her routine and scored 9.025. Mandi Rodriguez corrected the course for the Beavers and hit her routine to score 9.80. Olivia Vivian followed with a 9.75 and Jen Kesler nailed a brilliant routine to score 9.85. Laura-Ann Chong added a 9.80 setting up Makayla Stambaugh in the anchor position. Stambaugh had an excellent routine going until she missed her Jaeger (major release) and fell, scoring 9.150.

The Beavers swiftly put their opening rotation misfortunes behind them as they moved to the vault. Watson and Melanie Jones opened with matching scores of 9.725 and Stephanie McGregor tallied a 9.800. Stambaugh and Colvin followed with tiny hops on their landings to score 9.825 each. Rodriguez finished the vault parade with a huge vault that scored 9.925 to tie for the individual title and the Beavers finished with a team score of 49.100.

Trailing by more than a point at the halfway point, the Beavers moved to the floor exercise, where they are ranked third in the nation. As expected their tumbling and choreography was brilliant as the Beavers scored 49.300 on the event. McGregor and Leslie Mak got the rotation started with matching scores of 9.825. Colvin followed by setting a career-high with a 9.875 and Jones matched the effort setting up OSU's one-two punch floor finishers of Stambaugh and Rodriguez. Stambaugh, competing on the floor for the first time in three weeks came back to score 9.90. Rodriguez finished with a strong performance but stepped out of bounds to finish with a 9.80.

Moving to the beam, Jones led off for the Beavers with a career-best routine and a score of 9.825. However, a fall by Kesler on her series halted OSU's momentum. Mak and Rodriguez recovered to score matching 9.875's but a fall on Stambaugh's series forced the Beavers to count their second fall of the night. Chong finished the meet for the Beavers with a career-high tying 9.925 to tie for the individual title.

Oregon State ends its string of four straight road meets next Friday with a trip to face Utah in Salt Lake City, Mar. 12.

NOTE: OSU counted a fall for the first time in five weeks ... Makayla Stambaugh performed in the all-around for the first time in three weeks.

Team Scores: No. 10 LSU 196.925; No. 6 Oregon State 195.525.
All-Around: 1. Susan Jackson (LSU) 39.650; 2. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 39.400; 3. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 38.150.
Vault (49.100): t1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU), Susan Jackson (LSU) 9.925; 3. Ericka Garcia (LSU) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Becky Colvin 9.825, Makayla Stambaugh 9.825, Stephanie McGregor 9.800, Whitney Watson 9.725, Melanie Jones 9.725.
Uneven Bars (48.350): 1. Summer Hubbard (LSU) 9.925; 2. Susan Jackson (LSU) 9.900; 3. Ericka Garcia (LSU) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Jen Kesler 9.850, Laura-Ann Chong 9.800, Mandi Rodriguez 9.800, Olivia Vivian 9.750, Makayla Stambaugh 9.150, Whitney Watson 9.025 (Exhibition - Stephanie McGregor 8.975).Balance Beam (48.775): t1. Laura-Ann Chong (OSU), Samantha Engle (LSU) 9.925; 3. Susan Jackson (LSU) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Laura-Ann Chong 9.925, Mandi Rodriguez 9.875, Leslie Mak 9.875, Melanie Jones 9.825, Makayla Stambaugh 9.275, Jen Kesler 9.175.
Floor Exercise (49.300): 1. Susan Jackson (LSU) 9.925; 2. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.900; 3. Becky Colvin (OSU), Melanie Jones (OSU) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Leslie Mak 9.825, Stephanie McGregor 9.825, Mandi Rodriguez 9.800 (Exhibition - Laura-Ann Chong 9.775).

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