Beavers Headed for Midwest Showdown with Ohio State

Jan. 14, 2010

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THE MEET ... The Oregon State gymnastics team (3-0), ranked No. 5 in the nation, travels to Columbus, Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes (0-1) at St. John Arena this Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. ET.

The Beavers are familiar with the trip to the Eastern Time Zone having made the trip last April for the NCAA Central Regional Championships. OSU finished second, beating Ohio State, at the regional to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Saturday's event will be the home opener for the Buckeyes and will be webcast via 'Buckeye Vision' ( for a fee.

LAST TIME ... Oregon State got the season off to a great start last at last Friday's Salbasgeon Suites Invitational. The Beavers tallied their highest season-opening score since 2003 when they notched a 195.625 including the uneven bars lineup scored 49.400, a mark which the Beavers bested only once in 2009 ... freshman Makayla Stambaugh won the all-around in her first collegiate meet with a score of 39.275 and also took the individual title on the floor exercise (9.85) ... Laura-Ann Chong and Leslie Mak tied for first on the bars (9.925) and Chong took the title on the beam with a 9.85 ... Mandi Rodriguez scored 9.85 on the vault to earn a share of the individual title.

WHAT'S COMING UP ... Next week, the Beavers return to Corvallis to finish out the month with consecutive home weekends. Oregon State faces Pacific Northwest rival Washington Jan. 22 for alumni night. OSU continues the homestand the following Friday, Jan. 29, for the fifth annual Pink Out against Stanford and Seattle Pacific. Fans are encouraged to support the cause by purchasing an official Pink Out t-shirt from Beaver Authentics at its location in Gill Coliseum. All fans that purchase the official t-shirt and wear it to the meet will receive one free general admission ticket to the event. The Pink Out has annually brought some of the largest crowds in recent seasons as the Beavers, along with The Corvallis Clinic, help to raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer.

WE'RE NO. 1 ... The Beavers are ranked No. 1 in the nation on the uneven bars after their grand performance last Friday that resulted in an impressive score of 49.400. Making the feat even more impressive is that OSU recorded the score with two-time All-American on bars, Jen Kesler, not in the lineup. Kesler performed in exhibition as she continues to fight her way back from offseason surgery. Senior Laura-Ann Chong tallied a career-best 9.925 and was matched immediately after by sophomore Leslie Mak.

PINK OUT BREAKFAST AND SILENT AUCTION ... The Beavers are set to host the fifth annual Pink Out, Jan. 29 when they host Stanford and Seattle Pacific. And with the Pink Out gymnastics meet comes the third annual Pink Out Breakfast and Silent Auction which will be held Jan. 30 in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. Sign in begins at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast starting at 10. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the breakfast and silent auction go to The Corvallic Clinic's Project H.E.R. (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.).

TICKETS ... Tickets for the 2010 season are on sale for for Oregon State's four remaining home meets.

The Beavers are scheduled to face Washington (Jan. 22), Stanford and Seattle Pacific (Jan. 29), Arizona (Feb. 12) and Kentucky (Mar. 19). 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

BEAVERS ALL ACCESS ... The Oregon State gymnastics team was featured recently on Beavers All Access on FSN NW. The 30-minute television program can now be seen via Beaver Nation Online, the audio/visual service of

MORE MEDIA FOR THE BEAVS ... FSN's 'Runnin' with the Pac' was on campus this week gathering interviews and footage for a future episode that will feature the Oregon State men's basketball and women's gymnastics teams. The show is expected to air Jan. 28.

ANOTHER SOLID GROUP WAITS IN THE WINGS ... The Oregon State gymnastics coaching staff is up to its annual trick of bringing in another incredible recruiting class. Head coach Tanya Chaplin has signed three student-athletes for the 2010-11 season. Brittany Harris (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Britney Ranzy (Chesapeake, Va.) and Amanda Schulberg (Henderson, Nev.) will join the Beavers in the fall ... Harris, who trains at Krafft Gymnastics Academy, finished sixth in the all-around and fourth on the uneven bars at the J.O. Championships last year and in 2008 she finished 10th in the all-around ... Ranzy, who currently trains at Excalibur Gymnastics, is a U.S. Senior International Elite veteran. She participated in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials finishing third on vault ... Schulberg, who trains at Gymcats, has had an illustrious career at the J.O. National Championships and is a 2009 J.O. National Team member. She finished second at the national championships in 2009.

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