WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Juniors Taylor Keeker and Katelyn Ohlrich led six Oregon State gymnasts who were recognized for their work in the classroom when the 2014 Pac-12 Conference Women’s Gymnastics All-Academic teams were announced today by Commissioner Larry Scott.
Keeker and Ohlrich each earned second team honors for the second straight year. Erika Aufiero, Chelsea Tang, Nicole Turner and Cerise Witherby were named honorable mention. It is the first academic awards for Aufiero and Turner and second honorable mention selections for Tang and Witherby.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Keeker, a junior from Keizer, Ore., earned a spot in the vault and uneven bars lineups for the first time in her career and established herself as one of the team’s top vaulters. An education major, Keeker performed in the vault lineup in all 11 meets and in the bars lineup eight times establishing career-highs of 9.90 on vault and 9.80 on bars respectively. She “hit” all 19 of her routines in 2014.
Ohlrich, a junior from Bend, Ore., maintained her position in the balance beam lineup in 2014 and and “hit” all 11 of her routines on the season and has now made all 24 of the routines in her career. Ohlrich, a mechanical engineering major, scored a season-best 9.825 three times in 2014.
Aufiero, a sophomore majoring in business, performed on the vault and uneven bars in all 11 meets as well as on the balance beam twice. She established career-highs on all three apparatus scoring 9.925 twice on the bars, 9.90 on vault and 9.825 on the beam. In all, Aufiero “hit” 23 out of 24 routines on the season.
Tang, a junior studying exercise and sport science, established herself as a force in the all-around setting a career-best 39.500 and earning Pac-12 All-Conference First Team honors. She qualified as an individual to the NCAA Championships later this week for the second year in a row. The Eugene, Ore. Native has performed in the all-around in the last 17 straight meets, including all 11 in 2014, and “hit” 43 out of 44 routines this season. In 2014, Tang tallied scores of 9.90 on the bars and floor for the first times in her career becoming just the eighth gymnast in OSU history to achieve a 9.90 on all four events in her career.
Turner, a sophomore studying digital communications, earned a spot in the floor exercise lineup in 2014 competing in every meet for the Beavers. She tied her career-best of 9.875 on the floor against Stanford and “hit” 10 out of 11 routines over the course of the season.
Witherby, a junior from Huntington Beach, Calif., performed primarily in the balance beam and floor exercise lineups in 2014. She posted career-best scores on each of her events including a 9.90 on the beam and twice scoring 9.85 on the floor. In addition, Witherby performed on vault twice setting a personal-best 9.80.
Three Oregon State gymnasts – Madeline Gardiner, Kaytianna McMillan and Chelsea Tang – are set to compete at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Birmingham, Ala. beginning Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. PT.