Beavers Set to Travel to Missouri as Second Seed of South Central Regional

April 7, 2010

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THE MEET ... No. 8 Oregon State (17-5) heads to the central time zone to compete at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships hosted by Missouri. The Beavers will be the second seed at the regional with No. 5 Georgia earning the top seed. Joining the Bulldogs and Beavers are No. 15 Missouri, No. 25 Minnesota, No. 30 Iowa and No. 36 North Carolina ... Saturday's championship meet marks the second year in a row that the Beavers have made the trek to Columbia and the third overall. Last year, OSU was beaten by the Tigers on Senior Night ... Oregon State's all-time record against the four teams seeded 3rd through 6th is: 17-1 (3-1 vs. Missouri; 12-1 vs. Minnesota; 2-1 vs. Iowa; 0-0 vs. North Carolina) ... The Beavers are 2-15 all-time against Georgia.

MULTIMEDIA COVERAGE ... The NCAA South Central Championships will not be televised. Fans trying to follow the action can go to to view live stats and a live video feed throughout the meet ... Fans are also encouraged to follow the Beavers via Twitter ( for up-to-the-minute updates.

ROTATION ORDER ... Oregon State begins the meet on the floor exercise at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships. The Beavers followed the same rotation at the Pac-10 Championships and have been practicing in the rotation for the last two weeks. OSU will follow third seed Missouri all evening, while No. 1 seed Georgia will follow the Beavers. This rotation means the Beavers will finish the meet on a bye, while Missouri will be on the floor and Georgia will finish on the beam.

LAST YEAR AT REGIONALS ... Oregon State earned its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships when the Beavers finished second at the NCAA Central Regional at Ohio State. The Beavers scored 196.80, to finish less than one-tenth of a point behind LSU, and scored over 49-points on each event. Mandi Rodriguez earned individual regional titles on the vault (9.95) and floor exercise (9.925).

OSU HISTORY AT REGIONALS ... This is the 39th straight season that Oregon State has reached the regional round. The Beavers have won regional championships nine times with the most recent coming in 2008 when the OSU hosted the NCAA West Regional.

OSU HISTORY IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL REGION ... This is the third time that Oregon State has qualified to the South Central regional. In 2003, UCLA and OSU were both sent to Columbia, Mo. and the Beavers came up short finishing third and missed the NCAA Championships. In 2007, the Beavers were sent to the South Central at Tucson, Ariz. That season the Beavers weathered a furious comeback by Arizona in the final rotation to finish second and move on to the championship round.

OSU HISTORY AT REGIONALS ... This is the 39th straight season that Oregon State has reached the regional round. The Beavers have won regional championships nine times with the most recent coming in 2008 when the OSU hosted the NCAA West Regional.

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR ... OSU's Tanya Chaplin was selected by her peers as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career.

Chaplin's Beavers opened the season 9-0 and were ranked as high as No. 3 at midseason, which is the highest ranking for OSU since the 1992 season. Chaplin was previously honored with the award in 1999, 2005 and 2008.

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR ... OSU's Makayla Stambaugh was announced as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year following the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago.

Stambaugh was selected by the conference's head coaches prior to the conference championship meet. Stambaugh is the third Oregon State gymnast to earn the award joining Jami Lanz (2006) and Chelsea Plourde (2004).

CHONG EARNS PAC-10 TITLE ... Senior Laura-Ann Chong claimed the Pac-10 title on the balance beam with a career-best score of 9.95. The Beavers' beam team produced its best performance of the season scoring 49.325 in the rotation to outscore the rest of the field. Chong was aided by impressive routines directly in front of her from Mandi Rodriguez (9.85) and Leslie Mak (9.90), who warmed up the judges. Mak's routine even elicited a 10.0 from the head judge. Still it was Chong's routine from the anchor spot of the lineup that drew the highest praise from the four judges, as she drew 9.95's from three judges.

IN THE RANKINGS ... All four of Oregon State's lineups are ranked in this week's top 13 in the nation. The Beavers are ranked 13th on vault, are ranked seventh on the uneven bars, are sixth on the balance beam and rank fifth 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 third and Becky Colvin (9.900) is tied for 14th on vault; Laura-Ann Chong (9.915) is tied for fourth on bars; Chong (9.890) is tied for 10th on the beam; Rodriguez (9.930) is tied for third and Makayla Stambaugh (9.920) tied for sixth on the floor; Rodriguez is tied for 15th in the all-around (39.405).

ALL-PAC-10 HONORS ... Five Oregon State gymnasts received All-Pac-10 Conference honors when the awards were announced last Wednesday. OSU's all-conference gymnasts are Laura-Ann Chong, Becky Colvin, Leslie Mak, Mandi Rodriguez and Makayla Stambaugh.

Rodriguez earned first team honors in the all-around for the second year in a row and now has five first team honors in her career (2007 on vault and 2008 on vault and floor). Mak earned first team accolades for the second year in a row as well, this time on the balance beam (2009 on bars).

For Chong, who was named to the first team on bars and beam, this marks the first time she has received first team honors. Chong was second team on beam in 2009.

These are the first all-conference awards for Colvin and Stambaugh. Colvin was recognized as a second team member on the vault and Stambaugh is first team on the floor exercise.

PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC ... Six OSU gymnasts received recognition for their work in the classroom when the Pac-10 All-Academic team was announced last Thursday. OSU's first team all-academic selections are Stephanie McGregor and Olivia Vivian while Laura-Ann Chong, Leslie Mak, and Whitney Watson were second team selections. Mandi Rodriguez earned honorable mention.

This is the third straight year Chong, Rodriguez and Watson have been recognized for their academics.

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 and a half of the season, of which OSU has been on the road five out of the last six weeks, the Beavers have continued to rack up shares of 13 more individual titles despite the travel and competing against 10 top 25 teams, five of which were ranked among the top 10 ... Mandi Rodriguez and Becky Colvin combined to win on vault in the season's first 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 course 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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