OSU gymnastics: Mak named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, Beavers 3rd at conference meet

2012-03-24T22:45:00Z OSU gymnastics: Mak named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, Beavers 3rd at conference meetCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
March 24, 2012 10:45 pm  • 

SALT LAKE CITY – Oregon State senior Leslie Mak made history Saturday night when she was named the Pacific-12 Conference Gymnast of the Year for the second season in a row.

It was the first time in conference history that a gymnast won the award in consecutive years.

Mak was selected for the award by the conference coaches prior to the championship meet that UCLA won followed by Utah and the Beavers.

“It’s such an honor,” Mak said in a press release. “There are so many amazing and talented gymnasts in this conference. It’s just really a great honor to be recognized.”

Mak, a native of Toronto, becomes the fifth gymnast in conference history and second in OSU history to be named gymnast of the year twice. The others were OSU coach Tanya (Service) Chaplin (UCLA 1987, 1989), Jill Andrews (UCLA 1988, 1990), Chari Knight (OSU 1992, 1994) and Leah Homma (UCLA 1995 1997).

During this season, Mak has twice been named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week and twice earned Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week.

In a February three-team meet at UC Davis, Mak posted the second-highest all-around score in OSU history with a score of 39.675.

She racked up 18 individual titles this year and now ranks fourth all-time at OSU with 51.

UCLA won the conference title before a event record-setting crowd of 19,374 with a score of 197.425. Utah scored a 197.375 and OSU had a 197.025.

The Bruins won the meet at the end. They never led until the finish.

“I really didn’t think we had a chance going into the last rotation,” UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field said. “I know it isn’t over until the fat lady sings and all that, and that’s what we preach, but it was important to me that our athletes went out and competed well because this is all a dress rehearsal for the national championship scene.”

The conference title is UCLA’s 17th, most of any school in the conference.

Utah sophomore Corrie Lothrop was the top all-around performer with a 39.625. The Utes also had another event winner when freshman Georgia Dabritz claimed the top spot on the bars (9.950).

OSU junior Makayla Stambaugh tied for second on bars (9.925), tied for third on the floor (9.900), and was the team’s top all-arounder in fourth with a 39.475.

Melanie Jones tied for second on the floor (9.925) and Mak took fourth on the beam (9.925).

Stanford freshman Ivana Hong tied for first place on vault (9.950) with UCLA’s Olivia Courtney and Vanessa Zamarripa, and teammate Ashley Morgan won the floor competition (9.950).

UCLA's Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs won the balance beam title with a score of 9.975.

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