Three Gymnasts Garner All-America Honors
April 24, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Oregon State gymnasts Laura-Ann Chong, Mandi Rodriguez and Makayla Stambaugh were recognized as 2010 NCAA All-Americans at the NCAA Championships Banquet Saturday morning. Chong and Stambaugh are first time All-Americans becoming the 35th and 36th gymnasts to be honored in OSU history.
Rodriguez, a senior from Baldwin Park, Calif., earned first team All-America honors on the vault for the third time in her career. Rodriguez's nailed her vault on Thursday afternoon to score 9.925 to finish second in the session. Rodriguez added second team honors on floor exercise with a score of 9.875, which tied for sixth, and in the all-around with a score of 39.375, which tied for fifth. Three All-America honors in 2010 brings Rodriguez's career total to seven, having earned first team accolades on vault as a freshman in 2007 and first team honors on vault and floor in 2009 and second team in the all-around in 2009. Rodriguez's four career first team All-America honors puts her in a class of only two other OSU gymnasts to accomplish the feat - Joy Selig (7) and Chari Knight (6). She'll compete in the Individual Event Finals tonight and in a blind draw will be the 13th (out of 20) competitor.
Stambaugh, a freshman from Antelope, Calif., garnered first team All-America accolades on the floor exercise when she scored a 9.90 in Thursday's session to tie for second. This marks the fourth time in five years that the Beavers have had a freshman earn All-America status (Jen Kesler in 2008, Mandi Rodriguez in 2007, and Tasha Smith in 2006).
Chong, a senior from Coquitlam, B.C., is also a first time All-American. Chong earned second team All-American recognition on the uneven bars and balance beam. She had a brilliant senior season that included a Pac-10 title on the balance beam with a career-best 9.95 and an NCAA Regional title on the uneven bars.
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