Beavers Seek Super Six in Gainesville

April 19, 2010

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BEAVERS TRAVEL TO GAINESVILLE FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Oregon State gymnastics team (21-6) concludes the 2010 season, April 22-24, at the NCAA Championships at Gainesville, Fla. ... The meet will be held at the University of Florida's Stephen C. O'Connell Center ... Competition begins Thursday with the preliminary rounds of the team competition; Oregon State competes in the afternoon session beginning at 1 p.m. ET ... The excitement continues Friday with the Super Six team finals and concludes Saturday with the Individual Event Finals ... This is Oregon State's 21st trip to the NCAA Championships and 24th total national championships appearance (including AIAW) ... This trip marks the fifth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships for the Beavers ... The Beavers will be vying for their third-ever Super Six appearance and first since 1996.

MEDIA
The 2010 NCAA Championships will be televised by CBS via tape delay ... It will air on Saturday, May 8 at noon PT ... The CBS talent will be Tim Brando and Amanda Borden ... Live stats and a live webcast of all of the competition will be available online at www.NCAA.com ... OSU Athletics will provide a live chat at www.osubeavers.com.

LAST TIME ON THE FLOOR
Oregon State squeaked through the NCAA Columbia Regional to earn its fifth straight berth at the NCAA Championships after finishing tied (196.275) for second with Georgia, the five-time defending national champion. Host Missouri, the third-seeded team at the regional, stuck their routines to score 196.500 and secured the win. The tiebreaker - using all 24 scores - sent the Orange & Black on its way to Gainesville. It was the first time all season that the Beavers have 'hit' 24-for-24. Individually, Laura-Ann Chong scored a 9.900 on the uneven bars to tie for the event title, while Mandi Rodriguez scored 39.300 in the all-around to finish second.

OSU'S HISTORY AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
This trip to Gainesville marks the Beavers' 21st appearance at the NCAA Championships ... In addition, this is the fifth straight trip to nationals ... This is also the eighth trip to nationals under the guidance of 13th year head coach Tanya Chaplin ... OSU's best finish at NCAAs was a fourth place finish, which it has accomplished three times - most recently in 1996 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. ... The Beavers finished for 11th in 2009 for the fourth straight year ... OSU's most recent top 10 finish came in 2000 when the Beavers finished 10th.

LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The meet was over as soon as it started in 2009 as the Beavers', opening the meet on the balance beam, first two routines were falls. OSU never fully recovered and eventually counted a second fall on the uneven bars leaving the Beavers in 11th place. Mandi Rodriguez scored a 9.950 on the vault and 9.875 on the floor to qualify for Individual Event Finals. Rodriguez finished sixth on floor and seventh on vault. Jami Lanz scored a 9.900 on the vault to earn second team All-America status, Jen Kesler added her second straight All-American honor on the bars with a 9.850 and Tasha Smith tallied a 9.850 on the floor to also earn second team All-America honors.

RETURNING TO NATIONALS
Oregon State once again returns an experienced group to the NCAA Championships. Seven current OSU gymnasts competed at Lincoln, Neb. in 2009 consisting of 14 out of 24 routines ... In addition, four gymnasts were also in the competitive lineup at the 2008 championships meet at Athens, Ga. that included 11 routines ... Further, two of OSU's seniors (Laura-Ann Chong and Mandi Rodriguez) combined for six routines at the 2007 NCAA meet in Salt Lake City.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS
OSU returns two gymnasts who have combined for six All-America honors. Mandi Rodriguez earned first team All-American recognition on vault and floor exercise in 2009 and was second team in the all-around. In addition, Rodriguez earned first team All-America honors as a freshman in 2007 on the vault. Jen Kesler has received second team All-America accolades on the uneven bars each of her first two seasons at Oregon State in 2008 and 2009.

OSU RANKED ON ALL FOUR EVENTS
Oregon State finished the regular season with all four of its individual lineups ranked among the top 13 in the nation. The Beavers are ranked No. 5 on floor exercise, No. 6 on the balance beam, No. 7 on the uneven bars and are No. 13 on vault.

OTHER BEAVERS IN THE RANKINGS ...
Several OSU gymnasts can be found ranked among the top 30 in the nation. On vault, Mandi Rodriguez is tied for 3rd in the nation (9.935 RQS) and Becky Colvin is tied for 14th (9.900). Laura-Ann Chong is tied for 4th (9.915) and Makayla Stambaugh is 25th on uneven bars (9.865). Chong (9.890) is tied for 10th, Rodriguez (9.860) is tied for 25th and Leslie Mak (9.855) is 27th on the balance beam. Rodriguez (9.930) is tied for 3rd, Stambaugh (9.920) is tied for 6th and Melanie Jones ranks 31st on the floor exercise. Rodriguez is also tied for 15th in the all-around (39.405) while Stambaugh is 27th (39.220).

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Makayla Stambaugh was selected as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year by a vote of the conference's head coaches prior to the Pac-10 Championship meet. Stambaugh is the third Oregon State gymnast to earn the award joining Jami Lanz in 2006 and Chelsea Plourde in 2004.

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 was previously honored with teh award in 1999, 2005 and 2008 ... Former OSU head coach Jim Turpin also won the award four times - 1988, 1991, 1992 and 1996.

BEAVERS GO AS HIGH AS NO. 3
Oregon State was ranked No. 3 in the nation during the week of Feb. 22-28. It was the first time since March 30, 1992 that the Beavers had been ranked as high as No. 3.

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 State unofficially ranks sixth in the nation in average attendance.

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