Gymnasts Travel to No. 4 Stanford Sunday

Feb. 12, 2009

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The meet ... The 10th-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team returns to the road the next two weeks with the first trip coming this weekend at No. 4 Stanford. This week, the Beavers are scheduled for their only Sunday competition of the season in a double dual against the Cardinal and the UC Davis Aggies at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion ... The Beavers will start the meet on the uneven bars then go to beam, floor and vault (in that order) ... Stanford will provide a live webcast of the meet at ... Oregon State will provide live stats at


Last week ... Oregon State beat Arizona State 196.275-194.025 in the fourth annual Pink Out meet at legendary Gill Coliseum.

          Over the years, the Pink Out, which is designed to help raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer, has drawn some of the largest crowds in recent years and Friday was no exception with 5,028 fans in attendance.

          Though the Beavers' performance wasn't the sharpest of the season, OSU posted its third straight score of 196-points and set a season-high on the floor with a 49.350 team effort.

          Mandi Rodriguez locked up the all-around title (39.375) for the third straight week and also tallied wins on vault (9.9) and floor (9.95). Leslie Mak and Jen Kesler shared top honors on the uneven bars (9.925).


What's coming up ... The Beavers are back on the road next week when they travel to Washington for a quadrangular meet with Eastern Michigan and Illinois, Saturday, Feb. 21. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

UPDATES FROM THE PRACTICE GYM ... Freshman Olivia Vivian has resumed practicing after resting a foot injury that was aggravated prior to the meet at Arizona last month ... Senior Tasha Smith, who recently returned to the team following the birth of her daughter, has resumed basic tumbling.


Tickets ... Tickets for the 2009 season remain for Oregon State's final two regular season home meets.

          The Beavers are scheduled to face UCLA (Feb. 27), and the annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational (Mar. 6) when they host Washington and Seattle Pacific.

          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


RACKING UP THE INDIVIDUAL TITLES ... With 13 individual titles in 2009, Mandi Rodriguez has moved into fifth place on the all-time list at Oregon State with 34 career wins. In addition, her 13 titles through six meets already ties her career-high which she set in 2008. Despite Rodriguez's early season success, she still trails teammate Jami Lanz in the career wins department. Lanz ranks third in Beaver history having taken the top spot 47 times.

1.       Chari Knight - 116 individual titles

2.       Joy Selig - 89

3.       Jami Lanz - 47

4.       Megan Murphy-Barcroft - 37

5.       Mandi Rodriguez - 34

6.       Tanya Ricioli-Hebron - 33

7.       Tasha Smith - 31


REMAINING HOME MEETS to be webcast ...

Oregon State Athletics will webcast the remainder of the Beavers' 2009 home meets via Beaver Nation Online (BNO), the audio/visual home of

          Oregon State has two home meets left on the 2009 calendar with the first coming Feb. 27 against UCLA and the final meet coming Mar. 6 against Washington and Seattle Pacific. Both meet will be webcast on BNO for free. OSU Media Services will produce the webcasts. The webcast's audio feed will be provided by Oregon State public address announcer Brian Brooks.

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