Gymnastics Ranked No. 3

Feb. 16, 2010

CORVALLIS - The Oregon State gymnastics team is ranked 3rd in this week's standings according to GymInfo, the official NCAA national rankings for women's gymnastics.

No. 3 is the highest ranking for the Beavers since the week of March 30, 1992, when they were also ranked third.

Oregon State is one of six teams from the Pac-10 Conference to be ranked in the top 25, and is one of three Pac-10 teams in the top 10. Stanford is No. 8 and UCLA is No. 9 in this week's standings.

Unlike many other collegiate athletic rankings, gymnastics rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Teams are ranked purely on their scores. At the beginning of the season, teams are ranked by their season average. Beginning the week of Feb. 22, teams and individual gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is a formula 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 five scores are averaged.

Several individuals are also ranked in the top 10 in various events: Mandi Rodriguez is No. 5 on vault and tied for No. 3 on the floor exercise and tied for No. 9 in the all-around, Leslie Mak is No. 1 on the bars, Melanie Jones is tied for No. 3 on the floor, Makayla Stambaugh is No. 7 on the floor, Becky Colvin is No. 8 on vault and Laura-Ann Chong is No. 10 on the bars.

This week, the Beavers begin a string of four straight road meets against top 25 teams with a trip to face Pac-10 rival UCLA, ranked No. 9, this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Fans can follow the Beavers this week via a free video and audio at

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