No. 13 Oregon State (4-1) remains in Corvallis for the fourth week in a row to host the 34th annual Comfort Suites Invitational Sat., Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. Visiting Gill Coliseum is No. 16 Boise State (8-2), Utah State (5-4) and Seattle Pacific (3-5) ... the entire team will sign autographs in the main lobby of Gill Coliseum after the meet ... the first 2,000 fans through the door will receive tote bags courtesy of Shane Co., which is the presenting partner for the meet ... the meet will stream live over the Internet with former Oregon State gymnasts Heather Humphrey and Stephanie McGregor providing commentary.
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.
Oregon State has a dominant record against the teams it competes against this weekend having gone 98-2 against the trio all-time ... the Beavers are 42-1 all-time against Boise State including 19-0 at home and they have won 16 straight meetings dating back to 1999 ... OSU is 42-0 all-time against SPU ... Oregon State is 14-1 all-time against Utah State including 5-0 at home. OSU and USU last meeting came in 2007 in a three-team meet at BYU. The Beavers’ lone loss to the Aggies was in a 1993 dual in Logan, Utah.
Saturday night, Oregon State sophomore Erika Aufiero will compete against her sister Breyanna, who is a redshirt sophomore for Utah State. Breyanna has established career-highs on beam and floor for the Aggies this season after missing the 2013 season due to injury. For the Beavers, Erika has posted career-bests on vault and bars.
Former Oregon State walkon gymnast Stefanie Daley is a sophomore for the Aggies. Daley transferred to Utah State following her true freshman season in 2012.
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.
Last week’s Pac-12 dual meet against California, scheduled for Sat., Feb. 8, was ‘snowed out’ when a winter storm closed the Oregon State campus on Thursday and Friday. The nasty weather continued through the weekend wreaking havoc on the schedules of several OSU athletics teams. Due to other conflicts and a lack of bye weeks on OSU’s gymnastics schedule, the meet will not be re-scheduled. Fans with tickets (single meet or season tickets) can exchange them for tickets to future gymnastics meets. In addition, season ticket holders can instead swap their cancelled tickets for women’s basketball tickets. Ticket holders should contact the OSU Ticket Office in person or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS .
After four straight weeks at home the Beavers finally return to the road next week when they travel to Salt Lake City to face No. 4 Utah on the Pac-12 Networks. OSU will be back in Gill Coliseum the following Sat., Mar. 1 to host Nebraska and Arizona State on Senior Night.
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon State is ranked No. 13 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 (49.075) at No. 6, bars (49.094) at No. 10, vault (48.969) at No. 19 and floor (48.950) at No. 19 ... individually Chelsea Tang is ranked No. 21 in the all-around (39.231) and No. 11 in the nation on the balance beam (9.863), Brittany Harris ranks No. 16 on uneven bars (9.869) and Kaytianna McMillan is tied for No. 19 on beam (9.837) ... 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.
CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS
Last week, the Pac-12 Conference led the nation with all eight teams ranked in the Top 25. This week seven of the eight Pac-12 teams are ranked. Utah is 4th, UCLA 9th, Stanford 10th, Oregon State 13th, Arizona 17th, Arizona State 23rd, and California 24th - only Washington is unranked. All eight Pac-12 teams were also ranked in the preseason Top 25.
LAST TIME IN ACTION
No. 16 Oregon State used season-highs on all four events to upset No. 12 Stanford in the Beavers’ ninth annual Pink Out, 197.100-195.750. OSU gymnasts “hit” all 24 routines and the floor lineup posted five straight career-best scores to tally 49.475 including a 9.95 from Kelsi Blalock to win the event title. Chelsea Tang notched event wins on beam (9.925) and all-around (39.350) while Erika Aufiero and Brittany Harris tied for meet-high on bars with scores of 9.925. Freshman Kaytianna McMillan set a personal-best on floor with a 9.90 while fellow frosh Madeline Gardiner added career-high 9.875’s on beam and floor.
WINNER, WINNER ...
Chelsea Tang, OSU’s only all-arounder so far this season, has three all-around wins in the first four meets ... other Beaver winners are: Erika Aufiero (3), Kelsi Blalock (3), Hannah Casey (1), Brittany Harris (1) and Kaytianna McMillan (1) ... The Beavers have completed 93-96 routines without a fall. Gymnasts without a fall are Tang (16-16), Harris (11-11), Aufiero (8-8), Taylor Keeker (8-8), Madeline Gardiner (7-7), Cerise Witherby (6-6), Hannah Casey (4-4), Katelyn Ohlrich (4-4), Nicole Turner (4-4), Megan Jimenez (3-3) and Jaime Wright (3-3).
THAT’S A BIG SCORE
Last week’s 49.475 on the floor exercise is the highest mark the Beavers have tallied on the apparatus since a Feb. 7, 2010 dual at California. In that meet Mandi Rodriguez and Makayla Stambaugh each posted 9.95 marks, while Melanie Jones scored 9.90, Becky Colvin hit for a 9.85 and Olivia Vivian added a 9.825.
Through four meets, Oregon State’s routines have been split fairly evenly throughout the squad with the juniors leading the way with 35% (34 out of 96) of the routines performed this year. The seniors are providing 26% (25 of 96), the freshmen 23% (22 of 96) and the sophomores 17% (16 of 96). 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).
CHAPLIN THE RECORD-SETTER
Head coach Tanya Chaplin, in her 17th season at OSU, set the school’s record for win in the home opener 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.
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. Keeker has established season-bests of 9.90 on vault and 9.80 on bars.
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 in the season opener 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.
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 (which was cancelled) and Feb. 15. The Beavers will then have just one more home meet Mar. 1.
WHICH WAY DO WE GO?
The Beavers, like every other team in the country, have reaching the NCAA Championships and the Super Six as a goal. But to reach that goal teams must get through NCAA Regionals. In 2014, regionals will be held at Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Minnesota, Penn State and Washington. The top two finishers at each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships.