Beavers' Trio Set for NCAAs in Birmingham
Three Oregon State gymnasts - Madeline Gardiner, Kaytianna McMillan and Chelsea Tang - qualified as individuals to compete at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Gardiner and Tang will perform in the all-around and McMillan will compete on the balance beam ... All three OSU gymnasts will compete in the afternoon session of semifinals beginning at 11 a.m. PT, Friday, April 18 at the BJCC Center in Birmingham, Ala. ... OSU’s gymnasts will perform seeking individual national titles. The top four individuals on each event (plus ties) from Friday’s semifinals advance to Individual Event Finals competition on Sunday, April 20 at 12 p.m. PT.
OSU AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Here are some quick hitters about Oregon State’s history at NCAA Championships:
- Oregon State has qualified tas a team tot he NCAA Championships 23 times and has 26 total appearances in total (including AIAW).
- 2014 marks the fifth time OSU has had individuals qualify to nationals and the second year in a row.
- Qualifying three gymnasts to nationals as individuals ties the school-record, which was set in 2013 when Brittany Harris (all-around), Makayla Stambaugh (floor exercise) and Chelsea Tang (all-around) qualified.
- Five OSU gymnasts have combined to win seven individual national titles. The last OSU gymnast to win a national title was in 1993 when Amy Durham won title on floor exercise - Laurie Carter won on the beam in 1981, Mary Ayotte-Law won on floor in 1982, Heidi Anderson won on beam in 1984 and Joy Selig won on beam in 1989 and 1990 and on the floor in 1990.
TANYA CHAPLIN QUICK HITTERS
- Chaplin set the Oregon State record for wins in the Beavers’ home opener with a 196.425-194.850 victory over Iowa State. It was the 318th triumph of Chaplin’s career pushing her into sole possession of first on Oregon State’s all-time list moving past Jim Turpin (1986-97). She also holds the school record with 267 regular season wins and currently has 332 overall.
- Chaplin has led the Beavers to conference titles twice in the last four seasons, winning the 2011 Pac-10 title and the 2013 Pac-12 Championships.
- The Beavers won the 2008 and 2011 NCAA Regional Championships under Chaplin’s direction.
- She has directed OSU to the NCAA Championships 10 times in her 17 seasons at the helm.
OREGON STATE QUICK HITTERS
Here are some quick hitters about the Oregon State gymnastics team following the completion of the regular season:
- Oregon State finished the regular season ranked No. 12 and were the No. 2-seed at the University Park regional. See page 3 for the preseason top 25 and complete rankings.
- All four of OSU’s lineups were ranked among the top 25 in the nation in the season’s final rankings. Vault finished ranked No. 20 (49.140 RQS); uneven bars were ranked No. 11 (49.260); balance beam was ranked at No. 8 (49.195) and floor exercise tied at No. 19 (49.180).
- Through 11 meets, Oregon State’s routines were split fairly evenly throughout the squad with the juniors accounting for the most with 38% (99 out of 264) of the routines performed this year. The seniors provided 25% (67 of 264), the freshmen 23% (60 of 264) and the sophomores 14% (38 of 264). 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).
- Oregon State ‘hit’ 96% (254 of 264) of its routines through 11 meets. In comparision, the Beavers ‘hit’ 92% (265 of 287) in 2013.
- OSU counted only one fall in 2014. The Beavers suffered a pair of falls on the floor exercise in a win at Washington (Mar. 14).
- The Beavers’ loss to Nebraska, March 1, marked the first regular season loss in Gill Coliseum for OSU since Jan. 28, 2011. During that span of 15 meets OSU defeated 28 teams and tied one (UCLA - 2012).
- Oregon State finished the season on the road with four straight meets to end the regular season. The Beavs finish at Arizona (Mar. 9), at Washington with Seattle Pacific (Mar. 14), at California for the Pac-12 Championships (Mar. 22) and at the NCAA University Park Regional Championships (Apr. 5) at Penn State.
- The Beavers were snowed out twice in 2014! The Pac-12 dual meet against California, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 was ‘snowed out’ when a winter storm closed the Oregon State campus on Thursday and Friday. It was the second time this season the Beavers were snowed out. The annual Orange & Black Exhibition, originally slated for Dec. 6, was postponed to Jan. 3 due another snow storm.
- Fourteen of OSU’s 2014 opponents were ranked in the preseason top 25: No. 1 Florida, No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Utah, No. 9 Stanford, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 15 Penn State, No. 17 Arizona, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 20 Washington, No. 21 Kentucky, No. 22 California, No. 23 Boise State, No. 24 Maryland and No. 25 Arizona State.
MADELINE GARDINER QUICK HITTERS
Madeline Gardiner is one of the most decorated gymnasts ever recruited to Oregon State during the Chaplin era. Here are some quick hitters about the talented freshman:
- Scored 39.350 to finish fourth at the NCAA University Park Regional to qualify to NCAA Championships.
- Has won four event titles in her rookie season - three on beam and one on floor.
- Earned Pac-12 all-conference second team on balance beam in 2014.
- Performed in the all-around for the first time in her career at Arizona (Mar. 9) scoring 39.400 in her debut.
- Has ‘hit’ all 32 routines in her career - one of seven OSU gymnasts that have not ‘missed’ a routine in 2014.
- Madeline was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for the week of Feb. 10-16 after she posted career-bests of 9.95 on floor and 9.875 on beam to win the first event titles of her career ... named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the week of Mar. 3-9 after she won the beam title (9.925) and scored 39.400 in her first all-around performance.
- Canadian National Team’s alternate for the 2012 Olympics in London.
KAYTIANNA MCMILLAN QUICK HITTERS
Kaytianna McMillan was a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals qualifier and won the Level 10 national titles on balance beam and all-around in 2013. Here are some quick hitters about the talented freshman:
- Tied for balance beam title (9.85) at NCAA University Park Regional to qualify to NCAA Championships.
- Has battled a series of injuries in 2014 (ankle, concussion, foot) that limited her participation in practice and competition.
- Won her first event title in her first meet at Gill Coliseum, scoring a 9.90 on the beam against Iowa State (Jan. 25) ... scored 9.875 on bars to tie for event title last week at Washington (Mar. 14).
- Has ‘hit’ 18 of 19 routines - her one miss was on the bars at UCLA (Jan. 19).
- Kaytianna trained at the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics - the same gym as other OSU greats Chari Knight, Jami Lanz and current teammate Chelsea Tang among others and OSU head coach Tanya Chaplin.
CHELSEA TANG QUICK HITTERS
Chelsea Tang recently earned her second all-conference first team accolades earning First Team All-Pac-12 in the all-around. Here are some quick hitters about Chelsea:
- Finished second in the all-around at the NCAA University Park Regional with a score of 39.475 to qualify to NCAA Championships for the second year in a row ... also tied for the event title on balance beam (9.85).
- 2014 Pac-12 All-Conference First Team in the all-around ... 2013 All-Pac-12 First Team on balance beam.
- Named as the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week, for the week of Jan. 13-19, for the first time in her career after scoring 39.275 in the all-around earning individual titles on bars and in the all-around.
- Has 10 total wins including five in the all-around plus three on beam and two on bars.
- She is tied at No. 21 in the all-around (39.335) and tied for No. 20 in the nation on the balance beam (9.880) ... scored a career-high 39.500 at Arizona.
- This season, Tang scored a 9.90 on the bars and floor for the first time in her career. She became the eighth gymnast in Oregon State history to record a 9.90 on all four apparatus joining an exclusive list that includes Annie Campbell (2000-02, 04), Jami Lanz (2006-09), Lindsay Nelson (2001-03, 05), Chelsea Plourde (2004-05), Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (2000, 02-04), Mandi Rodriguez (2007-10) and Makayla Stambaugh (2010-13).
- Performed in the all-around in all 11 of the Beavers’ meets this year - and 17 straight meets dating back to Feb. 16, 2013 when OSU beat then-No. 4 UCLA 196.725-196.075.
- Has ‘hit’ 43 out of 44 routines in 2014 and 102 out of 105 in her career.
- Majoring in exercise and sport science with aspirations to be a physician’s assistant.
- Her family runs and owns a Chinese restaurant in Eugene - Hong Kong Restaurant.
MISCELLANEOUS QUICK HITTERS
Here are a few quick hitters about the rest of the team:
- Oregon State used four walk-ons in the competitive lineup on a regular basis in 2014. Hannah Casey, who has been part of the uneven bars lineup for three seasons, performed as the anchor ... Katelyn Ohlrich performed in the third spot of the beam lineup for the second year in a row ... Taylor Keeker, a junior, entered the competition lineup for the first time performing as one of the Beavers’ top vaulters. Keeker also performed in the bars lineup during the first eight meets of the season ... Kailie Ponto, another junior, joined the lineup for the first time in her career in March and posted team-high scores on the floor in two of her four meets ... in all, the quartet “hit” all 45 of their routines in 2014.
- Junior Katelyn Ohlrich firmly established herself in OSU’s beam lineup. 2014 was the walkon’s second season in the lineup and she’s never missed a routine 23-for-23 in her career. She also vaulted once in 2013 and is 24-24 in her career.
- Junior Kailie Ponto performed in the competition lineup for the first time in her career at Arizona (Mar. 9). K-Po scored 9.85 to tie for the team-high score against the Wildcats ... she added a career-best 9.875 the next week Washington (Mar. 14) and tied it at regionals ... she is 4-for-4 in her career.
- Sophomore Jaime Wright began the season in the floor lineup and also performed in the vault lineup ... however she suffered a season-ending knee injury during one touch warm-ups for the floor at Arizona (Mar. 9).
- Freshman Kana Kobayashi missed the season due to ankle/foot surgery.
Six Oregon State gymnasts were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic teams Monday. Taylor Keeker and Katelyn Ohlrich each earned second team honors for the second straight year. Erika Aufiero, Chelsea Tang, Nicole Turner and Cerise Witherby each received honorable mention. It is the second time Tang and Witherby have received mention.
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.
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