Gymnastics Wraps Up Year with Season-End Banquet
May 4, 2010
CORVALLIS - The Oregon State gymnastics team, which finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, its best finish since 1996, put the finishing touches on the 2010 season with its annual season-end banquet Sunday afternoon. The event was provided a chance for teammates, coaches, families and boosters to recognize the many accomplishments of the 2010 season and to say good-bye to the teams' three seniors.
Stephanie McGregor was awarded the Joy Selig Award, an award that annually goes to the gymnast who most distinguishes herself academically and athletically and exemplifies courage and leadership, both on and off the competition floor. McGregor, a sophomore from Calgary, Alberta, is involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was chosen as one of OSU's everyday champions in 2010. In addition to being a standout in the classroom, McGregor was a regular in the vault and floor exercise lineups for the Beavers. This season, she set a career-high of 9.825 on the floor and a season-high of 9.825 on the vault. McGregor also made the first appearance of her career on the uneven bars scoring 9.70. She 'hit' 22 out of 24 routines in 2010.
Seniors Laura-Ann Chong and Mandi Rodriguez received Most Valuable Gymnast honors. Rodriguez, from Baldwin Park, Calif., wrapped up the honor for the second year in a row after a season in which she was a first team All-Pac-10 selection in the all-around and added three All-America honors in 2010 to bring her career total to seven. Rodriguez capped her career at the NCAA Championships by finishing third on the vault earning first team All-America honors as well as second team honors on the floor exercise and in the all-around. Chong, a native of Coquitlam, B.C., ended her gymnastics career as an All-American earning second team honors for the first time for her work on the uneven bars and balance beam. Chong added All-Pac-10 first team accolades on both events.
McGregor was also recognized as the team's Outstanding Scholar. Claiming the award for the second straight year, McGregor studies Pre-Bioengineering and studies within OSU's Honors College. Last month, she received Pac-10 All-Academic first team honors in her first year of eligibility.
Makayla Stambaugh, a freshman from Antelope, Calif., received OSU's Newcomer of the Year award. Stambaugh enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign earning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors and became a first team All-American on the floor exercise where she finished 12th at the NCAA Championships. In her inaugural season of college gymnastics, Stambaugh set personal-highs of 9.875 on the vault, 9.925 on the bars, 9.90 on the beam and 9.95 on the floor, and 39.525 in the all-around. Stambaugh earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors early in the season.
Chong also earned the team's Most Inspirational Award, an award voted on by her teammates. Chong, a team captain, put together the best gymnastics of her college career in 2010, setting career-highs on bars, beam and floor and earning conference and All-America honors on bars and beam.
Oregon State coaches, families and boosters concluded the festivities by saying good-bye to three seniors, who have finished their gymnastics careers at OSU. The seniors are: Chong, Rodriguez and Whitney Watson.
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