Beavers Claim Pac-10 Weekly Gymnastics Accolades
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- OREGON STATE juniors Leslie Mak and Olivia Vivian have been awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Jan.10-16, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Mak, a native of Toronto, Ontario led Oregon State past No. 15 Ohio State Friday night in a lopsided home win over a ranked opponent, 195.925-193.300. Following a tightly scored opening rotation on the vault, she helped lead her team past the team's initial bumps in the meet to post a season-high team score of 195.925. Mak scored a 9.90 on the bars to help set up her teammate, Vivian, for a career-best 9.975. On the beam, Mak tied her career-high with a score of 9.925 to win the event title. Overall she finished the meet with an all-around score of 39.100, her third-straight meet scoring 39+ and the all-around win.
This is Mak's first Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor and 15th in Beavers' history.
For the second time in two weeks, Vivian performed a near-flawless uneven bars routine this time earning another career-high score of 9.975 and the Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honor. Vivian, a native of Perth, Australia received a 10.0 from the head judge on the apparatus in the meet vs Ohio State, the first of her career. Vivian's score earned her the individual title, a feat she has accomplished in all three of OSU's meet so far in 2011. Vivian is the top ranked gymnast in the country on the uneven bars.
The Special Performance of the Week nod is Vivian's second in a row this season and Oregon State's 13th all-time
The Beavers travel to Norman, Okla. for a tri-meet featuring No. 23 Denver and No. 3 Oklahoma on Friday, Jan. 21.
Gymnast of the Week: Madisyn O'Brien, CAL; Olivia Courtney, UCLA; Aliza Vaccher, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Miranda Russell, ARIZ; Dallas Crawford, CAL; Talia Kushynski, UCLA; Ruby Engreitz, WASH.