Six Gymnasts Recognized by Pac-10 for Work in Classroom

April 1, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Six Oregon State gymnasts received recognition for their work in the classroom when the Pac-10 Conference's All-Academic teams were announced Thursday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

With two OSU gymnasts earning first team honors, three earning second accolades and one receiving honorable mention, only two teams - Stanford and Washington, with seven apiece - had more selections in the conference. Stephanie McGregor and Olivia Vivian each received first team recognition while Laura-Ann Chong, Leslie Mak and Whitney Watson earned second team. Mandi Rodriguez was honorable mention.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor and have attended their institution for a year or more.

McGregor, a sophomore Pre-Bioengineering major in OSU's Honors College, has performed in the vault lineup in all 12 of the Beavers' meets this year and has been in the floor exercise lineup nine times and has one bars performance as well. In 2010, the Calgary, Alberta native has posted career-highs of 9.825 on the floor and 9.70 on the bars and has a season-best of 9.825 on the vault. This is the first academic award of McGregor's career.

Vivian, a sophomore from Perth, Australia, has been a regular in three lineups for OSU in 2010. Vivian, a New Media Communications major, has established career-high marks of 9.90 on the uneven bars, 9.85 on the balance beam and 9.825 on the floor. This is the first academic award of Vivian's career.

Chong, the 2010 Pac-10 Champion on the balance beam, has competed in the Beavers' bars and beam lineups in every meet this season. Chong, a senior studying Exercise and Sport Science, set a career-high on beam last week to win the Pac-10 title with a 9.95. The Coquitlam, B.C. native has also set career-highs on the bars with a 9.925 and on the floor exercise with a 9.85. This is the third straight year Chong has been a second team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

Mak, a sophomore studying Pre-Business with an emphasis in Marketing, earned second team all-academic team honors for the first time in her career just one day after being named to the All-Pac-10 first team on the balance beam. Mak, who has battled an elbow injury most of the year, was runner-up on the bars and beam at last weekend's Pac-10 Championships. The Toronto, Ontario native has performed on the beam 11 times in 2010, on the floor five times and on the bars four times.

Watson, a senior who is majoring in Applied Visual Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design, has been a regular in the vault and bars lineups for most of the season. In 2010, the Tustin, Calif. native has set season-highs of 9.825 on the vault and 9.80 on the bars. Watson received honorable mention in 2008 and 2009.

Rodriguez, a senior from Baldwin Park, Calif., received honorable mention for the third year in a row. Rodriguez, an Exercise and Sport Science major, has performed in the all-around in all 12 of OSU's meets this season. Earlier this year, she scored a career-best 9.90 on the balance beam to become the sixth gymnast in OSU history to record scores of 9.90 or better on all four events during her career.

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