Beavers Finish Fifth in Afternoon Session; Rodriguez, Stambaugh Qualify to Event Finals
April 22, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 8 Oregon State gymnastics team finished fifth in the afternoon semifinal of the NCAA Championships Thursday at Florida's Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Senior Mandi Rodriguez and freshman Makayla Stambaugh qualified to compete for individual national titles at Saturday's Individual Event Finals.
The Beavers finished the season with a record of 22-10. UCLA (196.875), Utah (196.625) and Oklahoma (196.550) advanced from the afternoon session to compete in Friday's Super Six. Nebraska finished fourth with a score of 196.175, while OSU finished at 196.050, just ahead of LSU at 196.025.
'I'm really proud of this team today,' head coach Tanya Chaplin said after the meet. 'I very satisfied with the performances we put out there today. (The gymnasts) did everything I've asked of them and left everything out there on the floor. That's all you can ask and then it's up to the judges. We can only control what how we perform and then it's out of our hands. Overall we had a good meet. We took several steps forward today. We competed hard in a close meet with some of the best teams in the nation. There's nothing easy about competing at the NCAA Championships. Every gymnast and team is really good and it's just up to the judges to determine who the best of the best is.'
OSU drew a favorable rotation beginning the meet on the uneven bars. Jen Kesler, a two-time All-American on the apparatus, led off for the Beavers and performed a nice routine to earn a 9.80 to open the meet. Big dismounts and solid landings were a theme for OSU's bars lineup but the judges were less than generous in the early stages of the meet. Olivia Vivian scored 9.725 followed by Rodriguez and Stambaugh tallying matching 9.80's. Laura-Ann Chong performed a an outstanding routine and scored 9.850, but Leslie Mak cast over breaking her momentum and needed an extra swing and eventually scored 9.60. The Beavers totaled 48.975 in the first rotation to sit in third behind Utah and Oklahoma with UCLA and LSU yet to perform.
The Beavers moved to the balance beam knowing they needed a bigger score to get back into contention in the meet. OSU's Australian connection of Melanie Jones and Olivia Vivian got the Beavers off to a good start for the Orange and Black with scores of 9.75 and 9.80. A fall by Jen Kesler broke the rhythm before Rodriguez mounted the beam with confidence and performed a wobble-less routine to get the Beavers back on track with a 9.775. Mak bounced back in the second rotation with a beautiful routine to score 9.80. Chong wrapped up the rotation with a near-flawless routine and a score of 9.85 to temporarily lead the meet. The Beavers duplicated their bars total of 48.975 on the beam.
Following their first bye, the Beavers found themselves in fifth place at the halfway point with just .275 separating first and fifth. With scores beginning to climb, the Beavers mounted the floor exercise. Opening the rotation for the Beavers, Leslie Mak hit all of her landings and performed a wonderfully choreographed routine, as usual, and received a 9.80, including a 9.90 from one judge. Vivian followed with her heavy metal routine, but stumbled out of her second tumbling pass (a 2 ½ twist) and received a 9.775. Becky Colvin performed a nice routine to score 9.80 and get the scores heading north again. Jones had a great routine going until she landed short on her finish tumbling pass (a double tuck) and stumbled forward forcing her to briefly put her hand on the ground, which counts as a fall and a .500 deduction. Stambaugh was next and stuck all of the landings on her tumbling passes and scored a 9.90 to finish tied for second on the event and qualified for Saturday's event finals. Rodriguez, in her traditional anchor position, nailed a huge double Arabian on her initial tumbling pass but had a small step on her second pass and scored 9.875 just missing a berth in the individual finals. OSU finished with a 49.150 on the floor, the third-highest score of the meet on the event.
In the fifth rotation, OSU moved to vault again hoping for some generous scores from the judges but to no avail. The Beavers went six-for-six in the rotation. Jones started things off for the Beavers with a big hop on the landing to score 9.625. Whitney Watson performed a nice vault but was crooked on her round-off leading up to the vault and ended up off-center on the vault table and therefore the landing mats and she stepped off the mat to score a 9.70. Stephanie McGregor performed a solid vault but had a low landing to score a second straight 9.70. Stambaugh came next sticking a nice vault but scored a 9.80 for her effort. Colvin executed a beautiful vault but had a slight bounce on her landing and tallied just a 9.825. Rodriguez ended the meet for the Beavers nailing an incredible vault to score 9.925 to finish second and qualify for the individual finals.
NOTE: The top three teams from each of Thursday's sessions advanced to tomorrow's Super Six. UCLA, Utah and Oklahoma advanced from the afternoon session ... Senior Mandi Rodriguez (vault) and freshman Makayla Stambaugh (floor exercise) advanced to the Individual Event Finals on Saturday. It is the third time in Rodriguez's career that she's qualified for event finals on the vault.
1) UCLA 196.875
2) Utah 196.625
3) Oklahoma 196.550
4) Nebraska 196.175
5) Oregon State 196.050
6) LSU 196.025
1) Susan Jackson (LSU) 9.950
2) Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.925
t3) Ashley Lee (LSU) 9.900, Anna Li (UCLA) 9.900, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (UCLA) 9.900, Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 9.900, Brittany Skinner (Nebraska) 9.900, Lora Evenstad (Nebraska) 9.900, Sharaya Musser (Penn State) 9.900, Mary Atkinson (Arizona State) 9.900, Allison Buckley (Illinois) 9.900
UNEVEN BARS Results
1) Susan Jackson (LSU) 9.925
t2) Daria Bijak (Utah) 9.900, Summer Hubbard (LSU) 9.900, Anna Li (UCLA) 9.900, Hollie Vise (Oklahoma) 9.900
BALANCE BEAM Results
t1) Jamie Deetscreek (Utah) 9.900, Kyndal Robarts (Utah) 9.900, Susan Jackson (LSU) 9.900, Courtney McCool (Georgia) 9.900
FLOOR EXERCISE Results
1) Brittani McCullough (UCLA) 9.925
t2) Annie DiLuzio (Utah) 9.900, Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.900, Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 9.900, Hollie Vise (Oklahoma) 9.900
1) Susan Jackson (LSU) 39.625
2) Sharaya Musser (Penn State) 39.450
t3) Daria Bijak (Utah) 39.425, Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 39.425
OSU: VAULT: 48.950, BARS: 48.975, BEAM: 48.975, FLOOR: 49.150
VAULT: Mandi Rodriguez 9.925, Becky Colvin 9.825, Makayla Stambaugh 9.800, Stephanie McGregor 9.700, Whitney Watson 9.700, Melanie Jones 9.625
BARS: Laura-Ann Chong 9.850, Makayla Stambaugh 9.800, Mandi Rodriguez 9.800, Jen Kesler 9.800, Olivia Vivian 9.725, Leslie Mak 9.600
BEAM: Laura-Ann Chong 9.850, Leslie Mak 9.800, Olivia Vivian 9.800, Mandi Rodriguez 9.775, Melanie Jones 9.750, Jen Kesler 9.225
FLOOR: Makayla Stambaugh 9.900, Mandi Rodriguez 9.875, Becky Colvin 9.800, Leslie Mak 9.800, Olivia Vivian 9.775, Melanie Jones 9.275
ALL-AROUND: Mandi Rodriguez 39.375