No. 5 Beavers Remain Unbeaten with Victory Over Bears
Feb. 7, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team trounced California soundly 196.375-190.100 to remain unbeaten through five meets in the 2010 season. Senior Mandi Rodriguez won the all-around for the second straight meet and third time overall.
Oregon State's record improved to 8-0 while California falls to 0-5. Rodriguez corralled two other individual titles to go with her all-around win earning first place on the balance beam and tying for the top spot on the floor exercise.
Sunday's meet was California's Pink Meet, an event designed to raise breast cancer awareness and donations to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area affiliate.
'There were a lot of positives today, the floor team was spectacular,' head coach Tanya Chaplin. 'They did a great job of focusing in after Kelsi (Blalock) got hurt and got the job done. There are still some areas to clean up and we'll be back in the gym this week to work on those things.'
Oregon State took command of the meet from the opening rotation going six-for-six on the uneven bars, for the first time since the season's opening meet, to score 49.025. Whitney Watson, who had missed her bars routine the last two weeks, set the Beavers off on the right foot with a 9.70 to start the meet. Rodriguez and Olivia Vivian followed with solid routines and scores of 9.725 and 9.775 respectively. Jen Kesler tied her season-high with a 9.825 and Laura-Ann Chong added a 9.80. Makayla Stambaugh wrapped up the first rotation by tying her career-best with a 9.90 to win the event.
With a lead of nearly a full point heading into the second rotation, the Beavers were struck by the only bump in the road of the afternoon. During timed warm-ups for the vault freshman Kelsi Blalock took a bad landing and injured her left ankle, but the rest of the team gathered itself and pushed forward. Stephanie McGregor started the team off with a 9.80 and Watson followed with a 9.65. Freshman Melanie Jones stepped into the lineup, for the first time, in place of Blalock and delivered a 9.675. Stambaugh stuck her vault to tie her career-high with a 9.875. Becky Colvin followed by nailing her vault for a career-best 9.925 to win the event. Rodriguez hit for a 9.85 as the teams reached the halfway point.
Moving to the floor exercise and the third rotation, the Beavers had opened the lead to nearly three points - 98.150-95.225. McGregor opened the rotation with a solid routine and a score of 9.75 setting the bar for her teammates. Vivian and Colvin followed with career-best performances and scores of 9.825 and 9.85. In the fourth spot, Jones performed her first competitive floor routine and earned an impressive 9.90. Stambaugh and Rodriguez delighted the judges to close the rotation with back-to-back 9.95's. It is the second time this season the duo has accomplished the feat, having also nailed scores of 9.95 at Ohio State. The Beavers totaled a team score of 49.475, the second-highest floor score in the nation this season entering the weekend.
Entering the final rotation, the Beavers had the meet in hand 147.625-142.000. Kesler scored a 9.60 to gets things rolling for the Beavers and Vivian scored 9.75. Rodriguez tallied a season-high 9.85 to win the event in the third spot. Leslie Mak scored 9.725 before an uncharacteristic miss by Stambaugh. Chong wrapped up the meet with a 9.825 and the Beavers settled for a beam score of 48.775.
The Beavers return to legendary Gill Coliseum this Friday, Feb. 12 to host No. 18 Arizona at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
NOTE: OSU scored 49.475 on the floor exercise - the second-highest score of the season - in the nation - entering the week ... Sunday's meet is the first time in 2010 that the Beavers haven't had to count a miss ... Freshman Melanie Jones performed on the floor exercise for the first time in her career and scored 9.900 ... Freshman Kelsi Blalock did not compete Sunday after injuring her left ankle during timed warm-ups on the vault. Blalock will be re-evaluated upon the team's return to Corvallis.
Team Scores: No. 5 Oregon State 196.375; California 190.100.
All-Around: 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 39.375; 2. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 38.825; 3. Avery Gee (CAL) 37.775.
Vault (49.125): 1. Becky Colvin (OSU) 9.925; 2. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.875; 3. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Stephanie McGregor 9.800, Melanie Jones 9.675, Whitney Watson 9.650 (Exhibition - Leilani Alferos 9.075).
Uneven Bars (49.025): 1. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.900; 2. Jen Kesler (OSU) 9.825; 3. Laura-Ann Chong (OSU) 9.800. Other OSU Scores: Olivia Vivian 9.775, Mandi Rodriguez 9.725, Whitney Watson 9.700 (Exhibition - Stephanie McGregor 9.625, Leilani Alferos 9.575).
Balance Beam (48.750): 1. (OSU) ; 2. (OSU) ; 3. (OSU) . Other OSU Scores: Mandi Rodriguez 9.850, Laura-Ann Chong 9.825, Olivia Vivian 9.750, Leslie Mak 9.725, Jen Kesler 9.600, Makayla Stambaugh 9.100.
Floor Exercise (49.475): t1. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU), Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.950; 3. Melanie Jones (OSU) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Becky Colvin 9.850, Olivia Vivian 9.825, Stephanie McGregor 9.750.