No. 7 Beavers Seek Pac-10 Title Saturday at Arizona
March 24, 2010
THE MEET ... No. 7 Oregon State (13-3) heads back to the desert for the 2010 Pac-10 Conference Championships hosted by Arizona. The championships will be held at McKale Center, Sat., Mar. 27 at 4 p.m.
ROTATION ORDER ... Oregon State has an interesting rotation to follow at the Pac-10 Championships beginning the meet on the floor exercise, the Beavers' best event. The draw means that the Beavers will finish the meet on a bye (with Washington and California) and will have to wait for the other teams to determine the outcome.
LAST YEAR AT PAC-10's... Oregon State stumbled out of the gate at the 2009 conference championships with a fall and two major wobbles on the balance beam. After getting the early jitters out ov the way, OSU recovered with a 6-for-6 performance on the floor exercise including a career-best 9.875 for Leslie Mak and a 9.90 from Mandi Rodriguez, which tied for the conference title. On the vault, the Beavers scored a season-high team score of 49.325. Stephanie McGregor (9.80), Brooke Barclay (9.85)and Whitney Watson (9.875) each posted career-best scores to start the rotation. Rodriguez added a 9.95to win the Pac-10 title. After three events, OSU was vying with UCLA for second place until Stanford struggled with a pair of falls on the floor exercise with the Beavers watching from the corral. With the door open, the Bruins, who led OSU by .125, the Beavers needed a strong finish. Jen Kesler and Mak tallied matching scores of 9.90 to tie for the event title and despite a big finish, the Beavers fell short for a second place finish.
OSU HISTORY AT PAC-10's ... Oregon State is one of only three schools (UCLA and Stanford) to ahve won the Pac-10 Championships in the 23 year history of the event. The Beavers will be seeking their fifth Pac-10 title and their first since 1996.
IN THE RANKINGS ... All four of Oregon State's lineups are ranked in this week's top 12. The Beavers are ranked 12th on vault, are ranked seventh on the uneven bars, are tied for sixth on the balance beam and tied for fourth on the floor exercise ... in addition, several OSU gymnasts are ranked among the top 15 in the nation: Mandi Rodriguez (9.935 RQS) is tied for second and Becky Colvin (9.900) is tied for 13th on vault; Laura-Ann Chong (9.915) is fourth on bars; Chong (9.875) is ranked 15th on the beam; Rodriguez (9.930) is tied for second and Makayla Stambaugh (9.920) tied for fifth on the floor; Rodriguez is tied for 13th in the all-around (39.405).
LAST WEEK AGAINST KENTUCKY ... OSU's three seniors, Laura-Ann Chong, Mandi Rodriguez and Whitney Watson enjoyed stellar performances on their Senior Night last Friday when the Beavers defeated Kentucky 196.650-195.275. Rodriguez won three event titles - vault, floor and all-around - and Chong wrapped up the other two - bars and beam. Rodriguez's 9.95 on the vault tied her career-best score for the third time this season.
RACKING UP THE INDIVIDUAL TITLES ... With three more individual titles last week against Kentucky, Mandi Rodriguez now has 21 event titles in 2010 - which ranks seventh on OSU's single season list. In addition, Rodriguez moved into third place on OSU's career wins list.
EVENT TITLES GALORE ... Oregon State began the season with a 9-0 record through the first six meets. During that streak the Beavers earned at least a share of every single individual event and all-around title! Over the last month of the season, of which OSU has been on the road four out of the last five weeks, the Beavers have continued to rack up shares of 12 more individual titles despite the travel and competing against seven top 25 teams, three of which are ranked among the top 10 ... Mandi Rodriguez and Becky Colvin have combined to win on vault in all 11 meets.
PACKING GILL ... As is usual during gymnastics season in Corvallis, fans arrived at Gill Coliseum in droves in 2010. The Oregon State gymnastics performed before 20,853 fans over the vourse of five home meets - an average of 4,171 per meet, which is the highest average since the Beavers brought in 4,800 fans per meet in 1998. Currently Oregon Sate unofficially ranks sixth in the nation in average attendance.
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