8 OSU gymnasts earn All-Conference honors

8 OSU gymnasts earn All-Conference honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Eight Oregon State gymnasts accounted for 11 honors on the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Women’s Gymnastics All-Conference teams, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Larry Scott. Kelsi Blalock, Brittany Harris, Melanie Jones, Stephanie McGregor, Makayla Stambaugh and Chelsea Tang earned first team honors and Erika Aufiero and Hailey Gaspar were named to the second team.

The All-Pac-12 team is determined by a combination of 50 percent regional qualifying score (entire season composite) and 50 percent Conference Championships score. The All-Conference first team consists of the top six all-around competitors, plus the top three competitors in each individual event not among the all-around honorees. The second team All-Pac-12 consists of the top two all-arounders who were not named to the first team (as all-arounders or in an event), after such the top gymnasts from each event who were not yet named to the first team or the second team would be selected to the second team.

Stambaugh, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., earned first team All-Pac-12 on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. It is the fourth straight year she’s been recognized with first team honors. She earned all-conference honors on the floor in 2010 and 2011 and on the bar as well in 2011. In 2012, Stambaugh garnered first team in the all-around. She ranks No. 5 on the bars, is tied for No. 13 on floor and No. 13 in the all-around. She scored a career-best 9.975 to win the Pac-12 title on the bars last weekend, set a career-best on the vault (9.95) to tie for second and scored 9.925 on the floor to tie for fourth.

Jones, who received all-conference honors for the first time in 2012, earned first team All-Pac-12 on the balance beam and floor exercise this year. The Melbourne, Australia native, tied for the Pac-12 title on the floor last weekend with a 9.950 tying her career-best. Jones, a senior, is tied for No. 20 in the nation on the floor. In 2012, Jones finished fourth at the NCAA Championships on the floor exercise, the best finish at Nationals for the Beavers since 1993.

Blalock, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., returned to first team All-Pac-12 status on the vault for the second time in her career after earning first team recognition in 2011. She received second team all-conference accolades in 2012. Blalock currently ranks tied for No. 6 in the nation on the vault. She scored 9.95 to tie for second at Pac-12 Championships last Saturday.

Harris, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., is a first-time first team All-Pac-12 honoree on the bars after earning second team recognition in 2012. Harris scored a career-best 9.95 on the bars to tie for second in the meet and secure OSU’s second conference championship in three years.

McGregor, a fifth-year senior from Calgary, Alberta, is a first-time all-conference selection earning first team status on the bars. McGregor nailed a beautiful bars routine to score a career-best 9.95 in the final rotation of Saturday’s Pac-12 Championship title win for the Beavers.

Tang, a sophomore from Eugene, Ore., is a first-time honoree garnering All-Pac-12 First Team on the balance beam. Tang’s 9.90 on the beam at last week’s Pac-12 Championships led the Beavers and was good for a third place finish on the event.

Gaspar, a senior from Cypress, Calif., is also a first-time All-Pac-12 honoree receiving second team accolades on the vault. Gaspar, who transferred from Boise State following her junior year, was a first team All-Western Athletic Conference member on vault and floor in 2011. Gaspar scored 9.925 on the vault helping the Beavers to a conference title last Saturday.

Aufiero, a freshman from Sparks, Nev., is a second team all-conference selection on the bars. She scored a career-high 9.925 on the bars in the final rotation of Pac-12 Championships helping the Beavers to the conference title. Aufiero was one of only two freshmen honored on the all-conference teams.

Fans can watch the action from last Saturday’s Pac-12 Championships again this Thursday at 4 p.m. when the meet re-airs on Pac-12 Networks.

The Beavers host the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships – Corvallis Regional next Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.