No. 15 Oregon State (3-1) remains in Corvallis for the second of four straight home meets when the Beavers host the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal (10-0) Mon., Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. ... the meet is OSU’s ninth annual Pink Out designed to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer ... the meet will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. Jim Watson will be on the call with 1996 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden providing analysis.
FOLLOWING THE BEAVS
Live stats will be available at osubeavers.com ... fans can also follow @OregonStateGym on Twitter for all game day information, including score updates and observations.
IT’S A PINK WEEK
Oregon State’s Pink Week begins Saturday morning with the Pink Out Breakfast and Silent Auction and continues Mon., Feb. 3 with the ninth annual Pink Out gymnastics meet against Stanford. The special week concludes Fri., Feb. 7 when the OSU women’s basketball team takes on Colorado ... the Oregon State gymnastics program’s seventh annual Pink Out Breakfast and Silent Auction is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 1 beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. Register for this fantastic event hosted by the gymnastics booster club - the 10.0 Club - at osubeavers.com.
MISS OREGON TEEN
Miss Oregon Teen Alexandra Perry, a native of Corvallis, will have a meet and greet session in the front lobby of Gill Coliseum prior to the Monday’s Pink Out from 6-6:45 p.m.
Oregon State leads the all-time series with Stanford 56-27. In the last 10 meetings, dating back to 2010 the Beavers are 6-4 against the Cardinal. The last time the two teams met was at last year’s Pac-12 Championships meet when the Beavers won the title with the Cardinal finishing fourth, 197.850-196.625.
CHAPLIN THE RECORD-SETTER
Head coach Tanya Chaplin, in her 17th season at OSU, set the school’s record for win last week with a 196.425-194.850 decision over Iowa State. It was the 318th victory of Chaplin’s career pushing her into sole possession of first on Oregon State’s all-time list moving past Jim Turpin (1986-97) at 317 wins. She also holds the school record with 256 regular season wins.
TANG NAMED GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Tuesday Chelsea Tang was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the first time in her career. Tang led the Beavers to their best performance of the year and a season-best 196.425 in a victory over Iowa State. Tang tallied season-highs on bars (9.875) and floor (9.80) as well as the all-around (39.275) earning individual titles on bars and in the all-around. It is the 24th GOW award in OSU history.
Season and single-meet tickets for the 2014 OSU gymnastics season are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at BeaverTickets.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or in person at the OSU Ticket Office located in room 107 of Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers remain in Corvallis for the next two weeks with meets scheduled for Feb. 8 and Feb. 15. OSU hosts California in the next meet Sat., Feb. 8 and then the annual Comfort Suites Invitational Sat., Feb. 15 when Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific visit Gill Coliseum. Both meets will be stream live.
LAST WEEK’S ACTION
Oregon State won its home opener 196.425-194.850 over Iowa State giving head coach Tanya Chaplin the 318th win of her career to become the winningest gymnastics coach in OSU history. The Beavers notched season-highs on vault, bars and floor on their way to surpassing the 196-point mark for the first time in 2014. Chelsea Tang won the all-around with a season-best score of 39.275 and added an event title on bars tying with Erika Aufiero for first with a score of 9.875. Kelsi Blalock had her best meet of the year scoring 9.875 on vault and floor to earn a pair of event titles and Kaytianna McMillan tallied a 9.90 on the beam with win the individual title.
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon State is ranked No. 15 in this week’s rankings, which are currently based on season average. See page 3 for the preseason top 25 and complete rankings. All four of OSU’s lineups are ranked among the top 25 in the nation with beam (49.008) at No. 9, bars (49.033) tied at No. 11, vault (48.933) at No. 18 and floor (48.775) at No. 25 ... individually Chelsea Tang is ranked No. 20 in the nation on the balance beam (9.842) and No. 20 in the all-around (39.192) and Kaytianna McMillan is tied for No. 22 on beam (9.833) ... ten of OSU’s 2014 opponents were ranked in the preseason top 25: No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Utah, No. 9 Stanford, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 17 Arizona, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 20 Washington, No. 22 California, No. 23 Boise State and No. 25 Arizona State.
WALK-ONS MAKE IMPACT
In Oregon State’s season opener walk-ons Hannah Casey, Taylor Keeker and Katelyn Ohlrich made a dramatic impact on the Beavers’ lineups. Casey, a senior from Portland, Ore., has played a key role in the OSU bars lineup since her sophomore year mostly filling the lead-off position. This year, Casey has moved to the latter half of the lineup performing in the four-spot where she scored a career-best 9.875 and tied for first earning the first event title of her career ... Ohlrich, a junior from Bend, Ore., joined the beam lineup last year “hitting” all 12 of her routines despite a nagging knee injury that prevented her from training other events. Ohlrich has now solidified herself as a fixture in the middle of the lineup and has scored her career-high of 9.85 on three occasions ... Keeker, a junior from Keizer, Ore., is performing in the competition lineup for the first time in her career. She is lead off for the bars lineup and resides near the end of the vault lineup.
Through three meets, Oregon State’s routines have been split fairly evenly throughout the squad with the juniors leading the way with 35% (25 out of 72) of the routines performed this year. The seniors are providing 26% (19 of 72), the freshmen 22% (16 of 72) and the sophomores 17% (12 of 72). In comparision, in 2013, the senior class accounted for 53% (151 of 287) of the production while the sophomores provided 23% (65 of 287), the juniors accounted for 18% (53 of 287) and freshmen 6% (18 of 287).
NEW ROUTINES GALORE
The Beavers entered the season seeking to replace four gymnasts and nine routines - three vault, two bars, two beam, two floor - from the 2013 lineup at the NCAA Regionals last April. Instead head coach Tanya Chaplin slotted in 11 new routines at Ohio State. In addition to filling the open slots on vault, bars and beam, the season-opening lineup featured two additional new floor routines for a total of four.
ONCE MORE AROUND THE BLOCK
In June, Kelsi Blalock was officially granted a medical hardship for the 2009-10 season giving her a fifth year of eligibility. Blalock suffered an ankle injury during warm-ups at a dual meet at California, what would have been her fourth meet of the year, forcing her to miss the remainder of the season.
“Super-senior” Kelsi Blalock is the Beavers’ lone returning All-American after earning her first such honor as a NACGC/W Regular Season All-America selection on the vault. In addition, Brittany Harris and Chelsea Tang, both of whom were individual qualifers to the NCAA Championships in the all-around in 2013, are back. The Beavers also have four All-Pac-12 gymnasts returning: Erika Aufiero (bars - second team, Blalock (vault - first team), Harris (bars - first team) and Tang (beam - first team).
Oregon State has a quirk in the schedule in 2014 with four straight meets at home. After the Beavers’ two season-opening trips to Ohio State and UCLA they have returned to Corvallis for a month with home dates Jan. 25, Feb. 3, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15. The Beavers will then have just one more home meet Mar. 1.
TWO FOR 2015
In November, two high school seniors signed the National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon State gymnastics program for the 2014-15 academic year. Danielle Dessaints (Henderson, Nev.) and Shireen Khamedoost (Bountiful, Utah) are scheduled to enroll at OSU this coming summer ... “I’m extremely excited to welcome two outstanding young women to the Oregon State Gymnastics family. I am confident that both will make an immediate impace on our lineup next season,” Tanya Chaplin said.