No. 6 Beavers Set to Host Salbasgeon Suites Invitational
Feb. 22, 2011
THE MEET ... The No. 6 Oregon State gymnastics team (10-5) is back in action this week when the Beavers host the 31st annual Salbasgeon Suites Invitational Friday at 7 p.m. at legendary Gill Coliseum. Oregon State will face Pacific Northwest rival, Washington (7-7), which is ranked No. 11 in the nation, as well as San Jose State (9-3) and UC Davis (8-3). Friday's meet marks the second time this year the Beavers have met the Huskies - OSU finished third at the Pac-10 Showcase and UW was fifth. ... Live stats are available at osubeavers.com and a free webcast is available via Beaver Nation Online.
THE SERIES' ... The Beavers lead the all-time series with the Huskies 92-24 and are already 1-0 this season against the Dawgs having beaten them at the Pac-10 Showcase in January. In all, OSU has come out on top in the teams' last five meetings ... the Oregon State leads the all-time series with San Jose State 18-1 and hasn't dropped a meet to the Spartans since the first meeting of the series in December of 1978 ... OSU has a 7-0 lead in the all-time series with UC Davis and is 2-0 all-time at Gill Coliseum.
WHAT'S COMING UP ... The Beavers are coming off of a bye weekend and have three meets in the next three weeks before the Pac-10 Championships, Mar. 19. OSU is set to travel to the Bay Area to compete in a quad meet at California against the Bears, Stanford and Denver, Sunday, Mar. 6. Then the Beavers return to Corvallis to take on Utah on Senior Night, Saturday, Mar. 12.
NCAA REGIONALS ... Oregon State has been selected to host the 2011 NCAA West Regional Championships at Gill Coliseum, April 2. Tickets for the regional meet are available now ... NCAA Regionals tickets are not included with season ticket purchases.
TOP THAT ... In recent weeks, Oregon State has the set the standard for the rest of the nation to aim for on the uneven bars and balance beam. Four weeks ago against UCLA, the Beavers scored 49.475 on the bars the highest team score in the nation to-date. Three weeks ago at Arizona State, the Beavers once again one-upped the country with a team score of 49.375 on the beam to set the bar on that apparatus a little higher too - Alabama has since topped the mark on the beam raising the ante to 49.425 last weekend.
IN THE RANKINGS ... All four of Oregon State's lineups are ranked in this week's top 10. The Beavers are ranked 8th on vault (49.030 RQS), 2nd on the uneven bars (49.225), 6th on the balance beam (48.860) and are 7th on the floor exercise (48.990). In addition, several OSU gymnasts are ranked among the top 25 in the nation: Leslie Mak is tied for No. 2 on the beam (9.870), is tied for 5th on the bars (9.870) and is 7th in the all-around (39.245). Olivia Vivian is No. 2 in the country on the bars (9.885). Kelsi Blalock is tied for 24th on the vault (9.840) and Makayla Stambaugh is tied for 25th on the bars (9.825).
LAST TIME ON THE FLOOR ... Oregon State tallied another big score on the road finishing second at the IGI Chicago Style Invitational with a score of 196.350. The Beavers beat UCLA (196.300) just two weeks after a narrow miss at home, and fell just short of Stanford's 196.475 ... Leslie Mak led the Beavers with a third-place finish in the all-around at 39.350 ... Jen Kesler posted a season-high on bars of 9.875 ... Britney Ranzy and Kelsi Blalock scored 9.875 to tie for second on the vault ... Mak had the Beavers' only 9.90 of the night - on the bars ... Ranzy tied her career-high of 9.85 on the floor.