No. 8 Beavers Return to Gill to Host No. 4 UCLA

Feb. 25, 2009

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The meet ... The No. 8 Oregon State gymnastics team returns to the friendly confines of legendary Gill Coliseum for the Beavers’ final home stand of the 2009 season. This week the Beavers host No. 4 UCLA with the competition beginning at 7 p.m.

          Oregon State split two meeting with the Bruins in 2008, finishing second to Stanford at the Pac-10 Championships last March. The Beavers also defeated the Bruins the time the teams met in Corvallis, in 2007.

          Friday night will also be OSU’s third annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night hosted by the OSU gymnastics program and the Department of Athletics. The event is intended to recognize and thank faculty members from various academic units on campus for their accomplishments at Oregon State University.

          The meet will be webcast live via Beaver Nation Online, the audio/visual home of, and will stream free of charge. Live Stats will also be available at


Last week ... Oregon State counted a fall (on beam) for the first time in 2009 in a disappointing third place finish at Washington last week.

          Despite losing to then-No. 24 Washington and then-No. 14 Illinois, there are plenty of positives to point out in last week’s performance among them:

          • OSU scored 195.800 and was only two-tenths out of first despite counting a fall and two out of bounds deductions on floor exercise.

          • The bars team opened the night with an impressive, season-high score of 49.300.

          • The vault team recovered in the final rotation to nearly score a season-high, settling for 49.150.

          Laura-Ann Chong scored a career-best 9.9 on beam and averages 9.867 on the event in the last three meets. She added a season-high, 9.85, on bars.

          Mandi Rodriguez matched her career-high in the all-around with a 39.500, tied her career-high on beam (9.85), tied her season-high on vault (9.925) and set a season-high on bars (9.85). She won the individual titles on vault and in the all-around.

          Leslie Mak bounced back from a forgettable meet at Stanford with scores of 9.9, 9.7 and 9.825 on bars, beam and floor respectively.

What’s coming up ... The Beavers remain at home next week to host Pacific Northwest rivals Washington and Seattle Pacific in the annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, Friday, Mar. 6.

          The Salbasgeon Suites Invitational will also serve as Senior Night for Oregon State’s six seniors. Brooke Barclay, Kera Bolen, Jami Lanz, Johnnie Rae Schmelzer and Tasha Smith, who will perform at legendary Gill Coliseum for the final time in their careers, will be honored following the meet.

HELP IS ON THE WAY ... OSU gymnasts performed gymnasts performed three exhibitions at last week’s meet and all were significant and are worth monitoring. Freshman Olivia Vivian performed on the uneven bars, earning her first action since aggravating a foot injury at Arizona (1/23). Vivian scored 9.75 in her exhibition which is her highest score of the season ... Junior Laura-Ann Chong performed on the floor exercise for the first this season. Although no score was recorded, Chong’s performance adds depth to an already strong event for the Beavers ... Senior Tasha Smith, a two-time All-American on the vault, performed an exhibition on the last week and continues to show progress toward a possible late season return.


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 two more individual titles last week at Washington, Mandi Rodriguez now has 17 this season and has moved into fourth place on the all-time list at Oregon State with 38 career wins. In addition, her 17 titles through eight meets already this season sets a personal-high for wins in a season. 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.

                        Gymnast        Titles

          1.       Chari Knight (91-94)  116

          2.       Joy Selig (88-91)      89

          3.       Jami Lanz (06-present)        47

          4.       Mandi Rodriguez (07-present)         38

          5.       Megan Murphy-Barcroft (96-99)     37

          6.       Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (00-04) 33

          7.       Tasha Smith (06-present)    31

          8.       Lara Degenhardt (98-01)     26

          9.       Annie Campbell (00-04)       21

                   Amy Durham (90-93)          21

                   Randi Miller (94-97)   21

                   Linda Pierce (88-91)  21


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. This equation explains how the Beavers could lose last week and still move up in the rankings - the 195.800 score of last week removed a previous score of 194.950 and increased the RQS dramatically.


IN THE RANKINGS ... This week, all four of OSU’s lineups are ranked among the top 10 in the nation. The floor team is the Beavers’ top ranked lineup at 6th (49.120), followed by vault (9th - 49.105), bars (9th - 49.015) and beam (9th - 48.950).

          Individually, Mandi Rodriguez is tied for No. 1 in the nation on the floor exercise. Rodriguez is also tied for 4th on the vault and is 6th in the all-around. Leslie Mak is tied for 6th on the bars and Jen Kesler ranks 10th. Jami Lanz is tied for 11th on beam and floor and is 16th in the all-around.








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