No. 9 Beavers Set for Annual Trek to Seattle

Feb. 18, 2009

The meet ... The No. 9 Oregon State gymnastics team remains on the road this week when the Beavers make their annual trip to Seattle to face the No. 24 GymDawgs. This week, OSU will be part of a quadrangular meet with No. 14 Illinois and Eastern Michigan also competing. The competition is set to start at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

          Oregon State has won the last 16 meeting with Washington dating back to the 2003 Pac-10 Championships ... This week’s meet marks just the second time OSU and Illinois have met. The Beavers beat the Illini at the 2007 NCAA South Central Regional Championships at Arizona ... Oregon State and Eastern Michigan have never met ... Similar to last week at Stanford, the Beavers will start the meet on the uneven bars then go to beam, floor and vault (in that order) ... Washington will provide a live webcast as well as live stats of the meet at


Last week ... Oregon State finished second in a triangular meet at No. 4 Stanford. Despite falling to the Cardinal for the second time in 2009, the Beavers tallied their second-highest score of the year, 196.600. The score helped OSU move up to No. 9 in this week’s rankings.

          Mandi Rodriguez notched two more individual titles (9.925’s on vault & floor) to give her a career-best 15 titles this season. Jami Lanz added a pair 9.9’s on beam and floor and Becky Colvin recorded a career-best 9.85 on the vault.


What’s coming up ... The Beavers return to the friendly confines of legendary Gill Coliseum next week when they host No. 3 UCLA, Friday, Feb. 27. The meet will be OSU’s Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night and the gymnastics program will honor three OSU staff members. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.


Pac-10 AwardS ... Oregon State gymnasts have accounted for four Pac-10 awards in 2009 ... Mandi Rodriguez earned the Beavers’ first award of the year (Special Performance of the Week) following OSU’s home meet against California and Arkansas in which Rodriguez scored 9.975 on the floor exercise to set a career-high and to secure the win for the Beavers ... Two weeks later, Rodriguez (Gymnast of the Week) and Leslie Mak (Special Performance of the Week) swept the Pac-10 awards following the Utah meet. Rodriguez scored a career-high 39.500 in the all-around, a career-best 9.85 on the beam and also won the floor title. Meanwhile, Mak scored a personal-best, 9.95, on the bars and tied her previous best of 9.9 on the beam ... Mak followed up the next week with another stellar performance scoring 9.925 on the bars to share the event title with teammate Jen Kesler.


UNDERSTANDING THE RQS ... Unlike most other collegiate athletics rankings, gymnastics rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Teams are ranked purely on their scores.

          From January 12 through February 15 teams were ranked by their total season average. Starting the week of February 16, teams and individual gymnasts are ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is an equation based on a team’s top six regular season scores (three of which are required to be from away meets).

          To calculate the RQS, the highest score is dropped and the remaining fives scores are averaged.


IN THE RANKINGS ... This week, all four of OSU’s lineups are ranked among the top 10 in the nation. The beam team is the Beavers’ top ranked lineup at 6th (48.950), followed by floor (7th - 49.020), vault (9th - 49.035) and bars (10th - 48.960).

          Individually, Mandi Rodriguez ranks No. 1 in the nation on the floor exercise. Rodriguez also ranks 6th on the vault and 8th in the all-around. Leslie Mak and Jen Kesler rank 5th and 6th on the bars respectively. Jami Lanz ranks 9th on beam and floor and is 12th in the all-around.


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