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Beavers make it look easy at gymnastics regional

Beavers make it look easy at gymnastics regional

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CORVALLIS - The NCAA Corvallis Regional was a formality.

The third-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team put together another complete meet Saturday night and won the six-team event before a crowd of 5,033 in Gill Coliseum.

OSU didn't count a fall and scored a 197.025 for its second-best score of the season. It was also the third time this season the Beavers surpassed the challenging 197.000 barrier.

No. 10 Nebraska scored a 196.550, but didn't put much pressure on OSU. The Cornhuskers and Beavers advance to the NCAA Championships on April 15-17 in Cleveland.

"I'm elated," OSU coach Tanya Chaplin said. "Regionals are always nerve-wracking no matter what seed you are. So now we are looking forward to getting ready and excited to travel to Cleveland."

Michigan State (194.525), San Jose State (194.425), Iowa (193.925) and Southern Utah (193.775) rounded out the standings.

The Beavers qualified for their sixth straight nationals meet, 26th overall. It was the 10th regional victory for the program, the first since 2008.

"We never let our guard down no matter what," OSU junior Olivia Vivian said. "In competitions like this anything can happen. It was important to stay focused and do what we do in practice."

The Beavers followed the season script as junior Leslie Mak, the Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Year, continued her stellar season.

She won the all-around title with a score of 39.475. Her balance beam (9.900) and uneven bar (9.900) routines were her best as she won the individual titles.

"It has been an amazing year," Mak said. "I've learned so much and grown so much. It has been a thrill, and I'm so happy with how this season has been so far."

Freshman Britney Ranzy shared the floor exercise (9.900) and vault (9.875) titles. Her floor score was a career high.

Nebraska's Erin Davis was the co-vault winner, while OSU's Makayla Stambaugh, Katie Valleau of San Jose State and Lora Evenstand from Nebraska split the floor championship with Ranzy.

"It's overwhelming, but exciting," Ranzy said of her early career success. "It's a learning process and you look forward to it every time you step on the floor."

The Beavers scored well in each event and were the only team to not have their event numbers dip below 49.000.

OSU started on the floor and scored a 49.300. That topped the season average by 0.140.

"Floor was a really great event to start on," Mak said. "We are really alive and we work with the crowd. Then we worked off that and we had some amazing scores."

The vault team followed with a 49.125. While that didn't reach the team average, the Beavers were the only ones to reach the 49.000 level after two rotations.

The uneven bars, the team's top event, scored a 49.225. It was off the average, but good enough to extend the lead.

OSU's only issue was Jen Kesler's fall. She wanted to stop her handstand on the top bar, but lost her balance.

The balance beam group scored a 49.350, which topped the 49.115 season average, thanks to five strong routines

Stambaugh wobbled and then fell. Olivia Vivian and Mak followed with high scores to seal the victory.

"This is a team sport," Chaplin said. "The other five scores were awesome and we didn't have to count a fall (on bars and beam). We have been thrown a lot of different challenges and this group doesn't give up."

Kelsi Blalock started the beam with a 9.875, and that was important. Normal starter Melanie Jones was out with an ankle injury and also missed the floor lineup.

"We have a lot of depth," Vivian said. "If someone is injured like Melanie was, we have two or three read to step up."

Results

Team scores: Oregon State 197.025, Nebraska 196.550, Michigan State 194.525, San Jose State 194.425, Iowa 193.925, Southern Utah 193.775.

Vault: Britney Ranzy (OSU) 9.875, Erin Davis (N) 9.875, Kelsi Blalock (OSU) 9.850, Lora Evenstand (N) 9.825, Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.825, Jamie Schleppenbach (N) 9.825, Leslie Mak (OSU) 9.800, Thomasina Wallace (SJ) 9.800, Annie Szatkowski (I), 9.800, Rebecca Simbhudas (I), Maddie Steinauer (N) 9.800, Alicia Asturias (Cal) 9.800.

Uneven bars: Leslie Mak (OSU) 9.900, Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.875, Olivia Vivian (OSU) 9.875, Janelle Giblin (N) 9.875, Houry Gebeshian (I) 9.850, Brittnee Habbib (N) 9.850, Lora Evenstad (N) 9.825, Rebecca Simbhudas (I) 9.825, Emily Wong (N) 9.825, Brittany Skinner (N) 9.825.

Balance beam: Leslie Mak (OSU) 9.900, Olivia Vivian (OSU) 9.875, Kelsi Blalock (OSU) 9.875, Rebecca Simbhudas (I) 9.875, Houry Gebeshian (I) 9.875, Emily Wong (N) 9.875, Brittany Harris (OSU) 9.850, Jen Kesler (OSU) 9.850, Birttnee Habbib (N) 9.850, Maddie Steinauer (N) 9.825.

Floor exercise: Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.900, Britney Ranzy (OSU) 9.900, Katie Valleau (SJ) 9.900, Lora Evanstand (N) 9.900, Leslie Mak (OSU) 9.875, Thomasina Wallace (SJ) 9.875, Danielle Levy (MSU) 9.875, Erin Davis (N) 9.875, Alaina Baker (F) 9.875, Kailey Hanen (Sac St) 9.875.

All-around: Leslie Mak (OSU) 39.475, Rebecca Simbhudas (I) 39.325, Houry Gebeshina (I) 39.300, Thomasina Wallace (SJ) 39.250, Lily Swann (SJ) 38.925, Marcy Miller (UCD) 38.775, Ari Lamb (SU) 38.750, Madisyn O'Brien (Cal) 38.625, Lauren Jeffery (SU) 38.575, Alaina Baker (F) 38.575.

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