2010 Gymnastics Season Wrap-Up

May 14, 2010

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For the fifth consecutive year, Oregon State's gymnastics program concluded the season with a trip to the NCAA Championships, and the eighth time overall under head coach Tanya Chaplin's direction. Oregon State took steps forward at the 2010 NCAA Championships scoring 196.050 to reach the 196-point mark for the first time in school history and finished eighth overall, which is OSU's best finish since 1996.

Oregon State had a solid performance at the NCAA Championships and didn't have to count a fall on its way to finishing fifth in the afternoon semifinal. Despite a strong effort, the Beavers eclipsed the 49-point barrier on only the floor exercise, still they managed to earn All-America honors on each event. Mandi Rodriguez scored 9.925 to finish second in the session on vault and earned a berth in Individual Event Finals. Makayla Stambaugh scored 9.90 on the floor to tie for second also earning a chance to compete in Event Finals. Laura-Ann Chong scored 9.850 on the uneven bars and balance beam to earned second team All-America status and Rodriguez added second team honors on the floor with a 9.875 and in the all-around at 39.375 ... In Saturday's Individual Event Finals, Rodriguez finished third on the vault with a combined score of 9.8438 and Stambaugh finished 12th on the floor. Both earned first team All-America honors.

Makayla Stambaugh was selected as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year by a vote of the conference's head coaches prior to the Pac-10 Championship meet. Stambaugh is the third Oregon State gymnast to earn the award joining Jami Lanz in 2006 and Chelsea Plourde in 2004.

OSU's Tanya Chaplin was selected by her peers as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career. Chaplin was previously honored with the award in 1999, 2005 and 2008 ... Former OSU head coach Jim Turpin also won the award four times - 1988, 1991, 1992 and 1996.

Five Oregon State gymnasts earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors in 2010. The all-conference gymnasts were Laura-Ann Chong, Becky Colvin, Leslie Mak, Mandi Rodriguez and Makayla Stambaugh ... Rodriguez earned first team honors in the all-around for the second year in a row. She had previously earned first team accolades twice on vault and once on the floor exercise ... Mak earned first team honors for the second straight year. This year Mak received recognition on the balance beam after earning first team honors on the uneven bars in 2009 ... Chong received first team all-conference recognition for the first time in her career earning accolades on uneven bars and balance beam after being second team on the balance beam in 2009 ... Stambaugh received first team honors on floor exercise ... Colvin was recognized as a second team member on the vault.

Senior Laura-Ann Chong staked a claim to the uneven bars titles at the NCAA's Columbia Regional Championship. Chong recorded a 9.900 on the bars to tie for the event title. The title gave Chong 11 in 2010 - five on bars and six on beam - which is the most in her career. Chong finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation on the bars.

Oregon State was ranked No. 3 in the nation during the week of Feb. 22-28. It was the first time since March 30, 1992 that the Beavers had been ranked as high as No. 3.

Mandi Rodriguez won 21 event titles in 2010 - which ranks seventh on OSU's single season list. In addition, in 2009 Rodriguez tallied 26 event wins - the fifth-most in single season history - and now finished her career with 68 wins putting third on OSU's all-time list.

Laura-Ann Chong put an exclamation point on the finest season of her career at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships by wrapping up the first conference title in her final conference meet. Chong scored a career-high 9.950 on the balance beam to earn the title of Pac-10 Champion. She also scored a 9.875 on the uneven bars to tie for third ... This is the third year in a row that OSU gymnasts have earned Pac-10 titles. In 2008, Tasha Smith (vault and floor) and Jami Lanz (beam) combined for three Pac-10 titles and last year, Mandi Rodriguez (vault and floor), Jen Kesler (bars) and Leslie Mak (bars) repeated the feat.

Oregon State finished the regular season with all four of its individual lineups ranked among the top 13 in the nation. The Beavers are ranked No. 5 on floor exercise, No. 6 on the balance beam, No. 7 on the uneven bars and are No. 13 on vault.

Several OSU gymnasts ended the season ranked among the top 30 in the nation. On vault, Mandi Rodriguez finished tied for 3rd in the nation (9.935 RQS) and Becky Colvin tied for 14th (9.900). Laura-Ann Chong tied for 4th (9.915) and Makayla Stambaugh 25th on uneven bars (9.865). Chong (9.890) tied for 10th, Rodriguez (9.860) tied for 25th and Leslie Mak (9.855) 27th on the balance beam. Rodriguez (9.930) tied for 3rd, Stambaugh (9.920) tied for 6th and Melanie Jones ranked 31st on the floor exercise. Rodriguez also tied for 15th in the all-around (39.405) while Stambaugh finished 27th (39.220).

As is usual during gymnastics season in Corvallis, fans arrived at Gill Coliseum in droves in 2010. The Oregon State gymnastics performed before 20,853 fans over the course of five home meets - an average of 4,171 per meet, which is the highest average since the Beavers brought in 4,800 fans per meet in 1998. Oregon State ended the season unofficially ranked sixth in the nation in average attendance.

Six OSU gymnasts received Pac-10 All-Academic recognition for their work in the classroom. OSU's first team all-academic selections were Stephanie McGregor and Olivia Vivian while Laura-Ann Chong, Leslie Mak, and Whitney Watson were second team selections. Mandi Rodriguez earned honorable mention ... This is the third straight year Chong, Rodriguez and Watson have been recognized for their academics.

The OSU gymnastics program and The Corvallis Clinic hosted the fifth annual Pink Out meet Jan. 29 against Stanford and Seattle Pacific. The goal of the meet is to raise money and awareness for breast and cervical cancer awareness with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Corvallis Clinic's Project H.E.R. (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.). A crowd of 6,143 cheered the Beavers to victory in a fantastic gymnastics meet - it was the largest crowd for a regular season meet since 1997 ... The following morning the Beavers' booster club, the 10.0 Club, hosted the third annual Pink Out Breakfast and Silent Auction in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. More than 180 supporters joined the team and raised more than $9,000 in all for Project H.E.R.

The departure of six seniors who combined to provide 10 routines at the 2009 NCAA Championships meant that several younger gymnasts would be needed to fill the void, fortunately the Beavers were able to rely on a strong group of freshman to fill the abyss. Oregon State's freshman foursome was chosen as the No. 3 recruiting class of 2009 by CollegeGymFans.com. Leading the impressive class was two-time junior elite National Team member Makayla Stambaugh, who dominated Level 10 the last two years, winning back-to-back national titles in the all-around. Joining her was Kelsi Blalock, who had three straight top 10 all-around finishes at the national championships, Melanie Jones, who was an alternate to the 2008 Australian Olympic Team, and Leilani Alferos, who also had impressive showings at the Level 10 championships and who the OSU coaching staff believes has her best gymnastics ahead of her.

The Oregon State gymnastics coaching staff is up to its annual trick of bringing in another incredible recruiting class. Head coach Tanya Chaplin 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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