CORVALLIS – The Oregon State gymnastics team, ranked No. 17 entering the preseason, earned wins over No. 9 San Jose State and Washington in dominating fashion Saturday evening in Gill Coliseum in front of Beaver Nation.
The Beavers, who weren’t sharp in the second ration, turned it on in the second half of the meet posting scores of 49-points on beam and floor. The win drives the Beavers’ record to 2-0 early in the 2022 season.
“I am proud of the fight we had tonight,” commented head coach Tanya Chaplin. “We had a few rough spots here and there but it’s to be expected in the first meet of the season. It was fun to see the team get after it and watch them finish the evening off strong on beam and floor. This will propel us for our meet next week.”
In her collegiate debut, freshman Jade Carey won the all-around in convincing fashion. The Tokyo Olympic Gold Medalist posted a 39.650, tying Michigan’s Natalie Wojcik’s for the highest individual score this season.
The Beavers posted the top team scores on vault, 49.000; beam, 49.100; and floor exercise, 49.275 for a grand total of 195.550.
Starting the meet on the vault, the Beavers took control of the meet quickly posting a team score of 49.000. Carey registered a 9.90 to win the event while graduate senior Kaitlyn Yanish posted a 9.825 to take third. Senior captain Madi Dagen added a 9.80 to tie for fourth in the meet.
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Oregon State suffered a setback in the second rotation, moving into the bars. Though the team had a couple hiccups, Carey performed a beautiful set to snatch the event title with her highest score of the night of 9.95. Kayla Bird performed a solid routine netting a 9.725, good for a fifth-place tie.
The Orange & Black re-gathered themselves for the latter half of the meet beginning on the beam where the squad reached 49.100. Jenna Domingo and Carey earned scores of 9.90 to share the beam title with Washington’s Skylar Killough-Wilhelm. Domingo’s result tied her personal best on the event to propel the Beavers.
The Beavers delivered during the final rotation, which they refer to as show time when they take the floor exercise. Carey, who finished the event for OSU, posted a score of 9.90 to once again win the event. Yanish followed behind with a 9.875 in the fourth spot for Oregon State to finish second overall.
Freshman Karlie Chavez made her official college debut leading off on the vault, scoring 9.725 while Lauren Letzsch competed in vault, beam and floor for the first time donning the Orange & Black leo.
Oregon State remains home next week, hosting UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.