Beavers Set for Pac-10 Championships Saturday
March 18, 2009
The meet ... No. 10 Oregon State (11-7) returns to the Bay Area for the 2009 Pac-10 Conference Championships hosted by Stanford. Oregon State is one of only three schools (UCLA and Stanford) to have won the Pac-10 Championships in the 22 year history of the event. The Beavers are seeking their fifth Pac-10 title and first since1996. The Championships will be held at Maples Pavilion on Saturday, March 21 at 4 p.m. OSU performed at Maples earlier in the season in a triangular meet with the Cardinal and UC Davis. No other Pac-10 teams have competed at Maples in 2009.
MEDIA COVERAGE ... The Pac-10 Championships will be televised on a tape delay basis on FSN. Jim Watson will provide the play-by-play and Amanda Borden will provide analysis. Live stats are currently not scheduled for the championship meet.
ROTATION ORDER ... Oregon State has a tough rotation to follow at the Pac-10 Championships beginning the meet on the balance beam. Despite the difficulty of beginning a meet on the beam, it is the Beavers’ best event ranking fifth in the nation.
Rot. Bye V Bye UB BB Bye FX
1 CAL STAN ARIZ WASH OSU UCLA ASU
2 ASU CAL STAN ARIZ WASH OSU UCLA
3 UCLA ASU CAL STAN ARIZ WASH OSU
4 OSU UCLA ASU CAL STAN ARIZ WASH
5 WASH OSU UCLA ASU CAL STAN ARIZ
6 ARIZ WASH OSU UCLA ASU CAL STAN
7 STAN ARIZ WASH OSU UCLA ASU CAL
last year ... Oregon State gymnasts went 23-for-24 and earned at least a share of three individual titles en route to a second place finish to Stanford in Seattle. Tasha Smith scored a 9.9 on the vault in the first rotation setting a mark that proved unbeatable and then added a 9.95 on the floor to reclaim the vault and floor titles that she originally won as a freshman in 2006. Jami Lanz scored a 9.95 on the beam to tie (Carly Janiga, Stanford) for the event title and tallied a 39.425 in the all-around to finish second.
IN THE RANKINGS ... This week, all four of OSU’s lineups are ranked among the top 13 in the nation. The beam team is the Beavers’ top ranked lineup at 5th (49.205), followed by bars (10th - 49.110), floor (tied for 12th - 49.135) and vault (tied for 13th - 49.130).
Individually, Mandi Rodriguez ranks No. 3 in the nation on the floor exercise. Rodriguez also ranks 5th on the vault and 6th in the all-around. Leslie Mak is 3rd on the bars and Jen Kesler ranks 8th. Laura-Ann Chong is the Beavers’ top-ranked beam worker, ranking 22nd. Jami Lanz ranks 23rd on beam, is 17th on the floor and is 18th in the all-around.
Last week at missouri ... The Beavers came up short last Friday at No. 13 Missouri. The Tigers, who celebrated their Senior Night, rode the emotional wave to a 24-for-24 performance and the victory over the Beavers 196.425-195.950. In addition to the loss, the Beavers suffered three minor injuries in the process. Brooke Barclay (knee) was scratched from the vault lineup but still scored a 9.8 on the beam, Whitney Watson (ankle) was injured on the landing of her vault, and Jen Kesler aggravated a previous ankle injury on her beam dismount.
Despite the loss, the evening wasn’t awful. Oregon State went 23-for-24 and the Beavers finished the meet on the beam with a strong performance and a team score of 49.350. Mandi Rodriguez scored a career-best 9.875 during the rotation. Freshman sensation Leslie Mak continued her recent success with a 9.9 on the bars and tied her career-high on the beam with a 9.925.
• NOTE: Barclay and Kesler have practiced throughout the week and are expected to compete this week. Watson has been limited in practice and is considered doubtful.
RECORD BREAKER ... For nearly four years there has been a common theme when people discuss the value Jami Lanz has to the Oregon State gymnastics program — consistency. The thing her teammates, coaches, fans and media have come to expect is that Jami Lanz will perform every time there is a competition. Heading into the Pac-10 Championships, Lanz has performed in the all-around in all 53 meets of her career — 212 straight routines and she’s hit 94% of them. Competing in the all-around in 53 straight meets is a school record.