No. 18 Gymnastics Falls at No. 9 Oregon State

March 20, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

The 18th-ranked University of Kentucky gymnastics team posted a season-high 48.925 on the balance beam but lost at ninth-ranked Oregon State 196.650-195.275 Friday at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State (13-3) won three events plus the all-around title, leading the meet from start to finish.

UK senior Hillary Ferguson (Richmond, Ky.) and sophomore Storey Morris (Tyler, Texas) matched their career-high best efforts on the beam, posting replica 9.825 scores to tie Oregon State's Leslie Mak for second place. Kentucky edged Oregon State 48.925-48.900 to win the team event title. Laura-Ann Chong of Oregon State won title honors on the event with a 9.875.

UK sophomore Whitney Rose took second place on the vault with a 9.875 effort. Mandi Rodriguez of Oregon State took first with a 9.950 score. Oregon State won the event 49.125-48.925.

Rodriguez also won title honors on the floor exercise with a 9.925, leading OSU to a 49.325-48.675 team win on the apparatus. UK's Emily Green (Penfield, N.Y.) led UK's showing with a 9.800 to tie for fifth. Rodriguez claimed the all-around title with a 39.425 tally. UK's Andrea Mitchell (Knoxville, Tenn.) took second at 38.950.

Oregon State's Chong also won the uneven bars with a 9.900 score to help the Beavers post a 49.300-48.750 win on the event. UK senior Emilie Rymer (Medina, Ohio) and Morris led UK's effort with matching 9.800 scores to tie for sixth.

Kentucky (7-7) travels to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Southeastern Conference Championships Saturday, March 27 at 4 p.m. ET.

AGATE

Final Score: No. 9 Oregon State 196.650, No. 18 Kentucky 195.275

Vault: 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.950; 2. Whitney Rose (UK) 9.875; 3. Becky Colvin (OSU) 9.825;
Bars: Laura-Ann Chong (OSU) 9.900; 2. Leslie Mak (OSU) 9.875; T3. Jen Kesler (OSU) 9.850, Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.850;
Beam: 1. Laura-Ann Chong (OSU) 9.875; T2. Leslie Mak (OSU) 9.825, Hillary Ferguson (UK) 9.825;
Floor: 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 9.925; 2. Makayla Stambaugh (OSU) 9.900; 3. Melanie Jones 9.875;
All-Around: 1. Mandi Rodriguez (OSU) 39.425; 2. Andrea Mitchell (UK) 38.950; 3. Makayla Stamaugh (OSU) 38.650.

UK Scores
Bars: Rymer, 9.800; Morris, 9.800; Ciokajlo, 9.775; Rose, 9.725; Mitchell, 9.650; Behrendt, 9.575.
Vault: Rose, 9.875; Green, 9.800; Ferguson, 9.775; Mitchell, 9.750; Minion, 9.725; Reshard 9.500.
Floor: Green, 9.800; Mitchell, 9.775; Ferguson, 9.700; Minion, 9.725; Reshard, 9.675; Rymer, 9.000.
Beam: Ferguson, 9.825; Rymer, 9.800; Mitchell, 9.775; Morris, 9.775; Green, 9.650; Rose, 9.100.
All-Around: Mitchell 38.950.