No. 7 Beavers Score 197.000 to Win Quad Meet at California
March 6, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 7 Oregon State gymnastics team reached the 197-point plateau for the first time this season and finished first at California's quad meet Sunday afternoon. The Beavers hit all 24 routines en route to beating No. 2 Stanford and No. 18 Denver as well as California. OSU's Makayla Stambaugh tied her career-high with a 39.525 to win the all-around title.
Oregon State improved its record to 16-5, while Stanford (196.500) suffered its first loss of the season to fall to 17-1. Denver (194.625) goes to 8-10 and California (194.175) falls to 1-14.
"We had some challenges in warm-ups due to illnesses. We changed our lineup and these gymnasts really came through," head coach Tanya Chaplin said. "I reminded them before the meet that we never want to miss opportunites in anything we do. We are committed to going all out every time - that no matter what we'll fight start to finish. And that's what we saw today."
Oregon State, which has been ranked No. 2 in the nation on the uneven bars for the last eight weeks, opened the meet with an outstanding rotation establishing a big lead the Beavers refused to relinquish with an opening rotation score of 49.400. Stephanie McGregor and Brittany Harris opened the meet for the Beavers on the bars with scores of 9.825. Jen Kesler's huge release and a stuck dismount scored a 9.85. Stambaugh followed with a beautiful routine and nailed the landing to score 9.90 and Leslie Mak scored 9.875. Olivia Vivian performed a wonderful routine earning a 10.0 from one judge and settled for a 9.95 to close the first rotation for the Beavers.
The beam proved tough to earn high marks as Kesler and Stambaugh tallied scores of 9.825 to tie for the event title. Vivian added a 9.80 and Mak scored 9.75.
The Beavers headed to the floor exercise with a lead of .275 and they quickly put together their best floor performance of the season with a score of 49.400. Blalock led off with a 9.825 and Vivian followed with a 9.80. Mak tied her career-best with a 9.875 and Melanie Jones scored 9.90 on a beautiful routine. Stambaugh crushed her tumbling passes and Harris stepped into the end of the lineup with a career-high 9.875.
Having opened the lead back to .450 heading into the final rotation, the Beavers notched another season-high score of 49.300 on the vault. Blalock performed a huge vault to score 9.85 and Stambaugh and Colvin earned a pair of 9.875's. However, it was Britney Ranzy's career-high tying 9.925 that secure the Beavers' first 197 since 2009.
Oregon State returns to Gill Coliseum next Saturday, Mar. 12, when it hosts Utah for Senior Night. It will be the final regular season meet at home for OSU's two seniors, Becky Colvin and Jen Kesler. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Team Scores: No. 7 Oregon State 197.000; No. 2 Stanford 196.500; No. 18 Denver 194.625; California 194.175.