Gymnastics takes care of business at ASU
Published: Monday, February 11, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 01:02
The Oregon State gymnastics team continues to impress away from the friendly confines of Gill Coliseum.
The No. 12 Beavers concluded their run of four-straight meets on the road Friday night in Tempe, Ariz., with a 196.300 team score, besting Arizona State’s 195.450.
The Beavers’ total was their second highest of the year. OSU continues to gradually progress its scores as the team crosses the halfway point in the season.
Senior Makayla Stambaugh once again led the way for the Beavers on Friday night. The highlight of the meet was Stambaugh’s 9.950 on uneven bars — the highest individual score of the season for any Oregon State gymnast. Stambaugh also finished first on the night in vault, with a 9.875. She also finished as the top all-arounder (competing in all four events).
Sophomore Chelsea Tang has been a pleasant surprise for the Beavers this year, and has quickly become a mainstay in lineup.
Tang took the balance beam title with a 9.875, and also finished with a 9.800 or higher on uneven bars and vault.
The Beavers have won their last two Pac-12 meets — knocking off Cal last weekend — and look to keep the winning ways going when they return to Gill for the first time in more than a month.
Oregon State will need to bring its best, because No. 4 UCLA will be coming to Corvallis. Even with scores going down to the thousandth of a point, the Beavers and UCLA ended up in a tie in last year’s meet.