Oregon State's bars lineup, Vivian reach No. 1 in the country

2011-03-07T20:00:00Z 2015-03-25T18:07:06Z Oregon State's bars lineup, Vivian reach No. 1 in the countryBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

The Oregon State gymnastics team's uneven bars lineup moved up one spot in the national rankings to No. 1 after some big scores Sunday at California.

Olivia Vivian also moved into a tie for first on the bars with Mackenzie Caquatto of Florida.

Vivian and the Beavers have been as high as second at different points of the season.

The bars lineup has been the most stable of the four events for the Beavers. It includes Stephanie McGregor, Brittany Harris, Jen Kesler, Makayla Stambaugh, Leslie Mak and Vivian.

"They did a fabulous job starting us off at Berkeley," coach Tanya Chaplin said. "We haven't had to change that lineup all year, so that has a lot to do with it."

Regional qualifying scores are used in rankings, and they come from an equation used for postseason seeding. Teams, lineups and individuals are ranked.

OSU's bar lineup has a 49.340 RQS. The floor exercise is sixth (49.140), balance beam (48.9985) seventh and vault (49.160) ninth.

"It's good to see we are pushing in all the other events, too," Chaplin said. "Our goal is to get everything in the top three."

Vivian has a bars RQS of 9.915. She was awarded a 10 by one of the two judges at Cal, the second time this season that happened.

"It was a really nice routine, and a solid, solid stick," Chalpin said. "There was no movement at all. She had a great routine and a great competition, not just on bars. Every event she did was really, really solid. It was nice to see her have a great competition."

Mak is tied for seventh (9.895) on the bars, tied for third on the balance beam (9.885) and 11th in the all-around (39.310). She was ranked No. 1 on the beam earlier in the season.

The Beavers as a team moved up two spots to No. 5 in the country after reaching the elusive 197.000 score Sunday.

OSU has a RQS of 196.505. Florida remains No. 1 at 197.170, followed by Alabama (196.915), Stanford (196.715) and Oklahoma (196.515).

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