The No. 8-ranked Oregon State gymnastics team goes for the Pacific-12 Conference championship Saturday night at Utah.
The Beavers are in the evening session of the conference meet with the three other top teams — UCLA, Utah and Stanford.
“It will be really cool to be in session with those three but nerve-racking because you don’t know how the scoring is going to be between the two sessions,” junior Kelsi Blalock said.
OSU will not watch the early session. Gymnastics is so mental that coach Tanya Chaplin only wants her team to concentrate on their routines and not compare scores until afterward.
The Beavers won last year’s conference title and are going for their sixth overall. Only Stanford, UCLA and OSU have every won this conference’s title. I’m sure Utah, being at home, will make that a fourth team.
Senior Leslie Mak will warp one of the best careers in OSU history this season. She has 51 career event titles to place her fourth all-time, and she has completed 156 of her 161 routines. That’s 97 percent, and the highest on the team of the veterans. Three freshmen are at 100 percent with small sample sizes.
Junior Makayla Stambaugh is ranked No. 8 at OSU with 32 event wins. She could reach Mak status after next season.
The Beavers performed before 20,486 fans this season in five meets. That’s an average of 4,097. They are ranked sixth in the nation in average attendance.
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