Beavers Score Season-High, 196.925, in Pink Out Victory
Feb. 22, 2013
UPDATE: Due to an error inputting scores, Oregon State was incorrectly given an overall team score of 196.825. The true score is 196.925 and has been adjusted.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The eight annual Pink Out went as planned for the No. 11 Oregon State gymnastics team defending the home floor scoring its season-high of 196.925 and dominating No. 15 Arizona and Seattle Pacific. Makayla Stambaugh won the all-around for the second straight week scoring 39.525 and Chelsea Tang set a career-high as the runner-up at 39.400.
“(The results) are coming from our training,” Stambaugh said. “We are pretty consistent in the gym and every day we come to practice and tell ourselves that we have a job to do. We have to leave the distractions outside and focus in, and make the best of it. When we come to the gym, we’re not dragging our feet, we’re excited to be there, getting to do what we love to do and it’s showing. And on nights like this we get to show it to our fans.”
Oregon State’s record improves to 10-5 and 4-0 in the Pac-12 Conference while Arizona slips to 10-7 and Seattle Pacific dropped to 1-8.
OSU gymnasts won all four event title with Kelsi Blalock taking the vault title with a career-high tying 9.95. Stambaugh took the bars title (9.90) and floor (9.95) matching her meet-high scores of last week and Melanie Jones won again on the balance beam title with a 9.90.
OSU’s vault lineup was lights out setting a tone of domination from the outset. Four OSU gymnast set or tied career scores highlighted by Stambaugh’s personal-best 9.90 and bettered just moments later by Kelsi Blalock’s 9.95. Tang tallied a new career-mark of 9.875 and Jones tied her’s with a 9.875 as well and the Beavers tallied a season-high team score of 49.375.
Leading Arizona 49.375-48.800 after the first rotation, the Beavers widened the gap in the second as the Wildcats were forced to count a fall. OSU scored 49.250 as a bars squad led by Stambaugh’s second straight 9.90. Stephanie McGregor added a second place finish at 9.875 and Tang tied for third at 9.85.
The Beavers held a commanding 98.625-96.800 lead at the mid-point of the meet and never let off the gas. Melanie Jones took the meet title with a score of 9.85 and Tang secured her yet another second place finish with a score of 9.825. Katelyn Ohlrich made it a clean sweep with a third-place score of 9.80.
Tang, who has had back-to-back career-best meets, wrapped up her stellar performance with a career-best 9.85 on the floor and Brittany Harris performed her best routine of the season to score 9.825. Jones set a season-best for the second straight week scoring 9.925 and Stambaugh closed the scoring with a beautiful routine to score 9.95 for the second week in a row.
“There were some really outstanding things and there were some mental breaks that we need to make sure we don’t have,” head coach Tanya Chaplin said. “I knew with midterms and other things, I would see those things happening in the gym. How we train is usually how we compete and we need to make sure we get focused in as we head into finals week and these last few meets.”
The Beavers’ are on the road for the final time during the regular season with a trip to the Bay Area to face No. 10 Stanford and California on The Farm. OSU returns to Corvallis for the Comfort Suites Invitational when the Beavers host Pacific Northwest rival Washington and Sacramento State on Senior Night beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available for the 2013 Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis and the NCAA Corvallis Regional Championships. Fans purchasing tickets to either event can get their seats allocated beginning Monday, Feb. 25. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, online at www.BeaverTickets.com or in person at the OSU Ticket Office inside Gill Coliseum.
Team Scores: No. 11 Oregon State 196.925; No. 15 Arizona 194.900; Seattle Pacific 191.400.
Vault (49.375): 1. Kelsi Blalock (OSU) 9.950; T2. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU), Aubree Cristello (ARIZ) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Chelsea Tang 9.875; Melanie Jones 9.875; Hailey Gaspar 9.775; Stephanie McGregor 9.775.
Uneven Bars (49.250): 1. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.900; 2. Stephanie McGregor (OSU) 9.875; T3. Chelsea Tang (OSU), Jordan Williams (ARIZ) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Erika Aufiero 9.825; Brittany Harris 9.800; Kelsi Blalock 9.775.
Balance Beam (49.025): 1. Melanie Jones (OSU) 9.850; 2. Chelsea Tang (OSU) 9.825; 3. Katelyn Ohlrich (OSU) 9.800. Other OSU Scores: Kelsi Blalock 9.775; Makayla Stambaugh 9.775; Brittany Harris 9.250.
Floor Exercise (49.175): 1. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.950; 2. Melanie Jones (OSU) 9.925; 3. Kristin Klarenbach (ARIZ) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Chelsea Tang 9.850; Brittany Harris 9.825; Cerise Witherby 9.725; Kelsi Blalock 9.700.