Gymnastics Travels to Mexico to Open Season
Dec. 30, 2008
The meet ... Oregon State opens the 2009 season at the Cancun Classic in Mexico against Pac-10 rival No. 5 Stanford as well as No. 14 Denver and BYU, Jan. 2. The meet begins a 4:30 p.m. PST. The matchup between OSU and BYU is the first of two in the next two weeks. The Beavers travel to Provo, Utah next week for a Jan. 9 showdown. OSU also travels to Stanford twice this season with the first visit coming Feb. 15 when the Beavers and Cardinal will compete in a triangular meet with UC Davis. OSU will return to the Bay Area in late March for the Pac-10 Championships. This is the first meeting for OSU and Denver since 2004 at the Super Six Challenge at Alabama.
What's coming up ... As mentioned previously, Oregon State returns to action next week at BYU, Jan. 9. The Beavers return to Corvallis to open their home season against Pac-10 foe California and No. 12 Arkansas. The triangular meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at legendary Gill Coliseum.
Beavers All Access ... The Oregon State was recently featured on by FSN NW on Beavers All Access. The 30-minute television program can now be seen via Beaver Nation Online, the audio/visual service of www.OSUBeavers.com.
The Beavers ... Oregon State returns three All-Americans from the 2008 squad -- Jami Lanz (2007-bars & `08-beam), Jen Kesler (2008-bars) and Mandi Rodriguez (2007-vault). Joining the Beavers' All-Americans are nine other letterwinners from 2008. In all, OSU returns six gymnasts who competed at the NCAA Championships last year. OSU welcomes back sophomore Becky Colvin, who had secured positions in the vault and floor lineups before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury. In addition, D'Anna Piro, who did not compete in 2008 while returning from injury, also returns to add competition to the bars lineup. The Beavers have added another talented group of four newcomers to provide competition and depth to all four lineups. Olivia Vivian brings with her the most accolades after competing in the 2008 Olympics for Australia and helped her home country to its best finish ever - seventh. Canadians Leslie Mak and Stephanie McGregor also join the squad with each bringing 'High Performance' (similar to Elite in the U.S.) experience. Adonica Glatt, a two-time regional champion in the all-around, will provide depth on all four events. Oregon State coaches claim that top to bottom, this is the most talented team they've had at OSU.
Vivian finally cleared ... Oregon State freshman Olivia Vivian was finally cleared to officially join the Oregon State gymnastics program in late November. While dealing with NCAA eligibility issues, Vivian was not allowed to practice with the team. Due to those restrictions, Vivian has spent the last six weeks catching up to her new teammates. Vivian could be ready to compete as early as this week but is certainly expected to play an integral role for the Beavers in 2009.
OSU signs solid recruiting class ... As is always the goal, Oregon State signed another top flight class of recruits during the early signing period in November. Joining the Beavers for the 2010 season are Leilani Alferos of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Kelsi Blalock of Puyallup, Wash. and Makayla Stambaugh of Antelope, Calif. Alferos, who trains at the Olympic Gymnastics Academy, is a powerful yet graceful gymnast whose gymnastics is expected to blossom in the coming years at OSU. Blalock, a former pupil of new assistant coach John Carney at Gymnastics East, is a Junior Olympic National Team member after a second place finish in the all-around in 2007. In 2008, Blalock earned an eighth place finish in the all-around and won the USAG Region 2 titles on vault, bars and floor. Stambaugh, is a former U.S. National Team member. In 2008, she won national titles on beam, floor and all-around at Level 10.OSU in openers ... Oregon State has a record of 13-12 in season opening meets during Tanya Chaplin's 11-season tenure ... During the past three seasons when the Beavers have reached the NCAA Championships, OSU is 5-3 on opening night.
Pink Out ... The Beavers are set to hold the fourth annual Pink Out, Feb. 6 when they host the No. 24 Arizona State Sun Devils. The Pink Out has brought in some of the largest crowds of the past three seasons as the Beavers, along with The Corvallis Clinic and Samaritan Health help to raise awareness for breast and cervical cancer. Fans are encouraged to trade in their Orange & Black for pink.
Tickets ... Tickets for the 2009 season are on sale for Oregon State's five regular season home meets. The Beavers are scheduled to face California and Arkansas (Jan. 16), Utah (Jan. 30), Arizona State (Feb. 6), UCLA (Feb. 27), and the annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational (Mar. 6) when they host Washington and Seattle Pacific. Season tickets are available starting at $30. Individual meet tickets are also available by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, in person at the OSU Ticket Office located in room 107 of Gill Coliseum or by going online to www.OSUBeavers.com.