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Oregon State Looks to Host Washington on Saturday

Jan 21, 2021

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Beavers gymnastics team will meet the Huskies at Gill Coliseum, Saturday, for a special out-of-conference meet.
 
MEET INFORMATION
DATE: Saturday, January 23
TIME: 2:00 PM
SITE: Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, Ore.
TEAMS: Oregon State hosts Washington
STREAM: OSUBeavers.com
Former OSU gymnasts Heather Bennett-Humphrey and Silvia Colussi-Pelaez will provide commentary.
STATS: OSUBeavers.com
 
Oregon State notes  | Washington notes
 
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• OSU opened the season at home for the first time in five years on Friday. 
• All of OSU's eight regular season opponents on the 2021 schedule were ranked in the Preseason Top 36 Coaches Poll. Four of those teams, Utah (No. 4), UCLA (No. 7), California (T-No. 8), and Washington (No. 19), were ranked in the top-20.
• The Beavers will host five home meets in 2021. OSU was home for its opener (Jan.15) and will continue at home this weekend (Jan. 23). The early meets will be followed with two home meets in February, vs. Arizona (Feb. 13) and California (Feb. 21), and one in March against Utah (Mar. 5).
• Injury report: Colette Yamaoka and Anna Yeates will sit the season out due to injury while Lacy Dagen, Jenna Domingo, and Grace Johnson will be missing Saturday's meet against the Huskies.
 
RETURNING FOR 2021
• The Beavers return 13 gymnasts from 2020 including 10 that competed last season.
• Among those 13 returning gymnasts are seven seniors - Lacy Dagen, Savanna Force, Lexie Gonzales, Lena Greene, Niya Mack, Colette Yamaoka, and Kaitlyn Yanish - who will be expected to provide leadership for the squad. 
• Lena Greene, who missed the 2017 season due to injury, will be using her fifth year of eligibility and will compete as a redshirt senior in 2021.
• Lacy Dagen, who suffered knee injuries in her first two seasons at Florida, will be returning for her fourth year of competition as a redshirt senior in 2021.
• Oregon State returns one WCGA Regular Season All-American from 2019. Kaitlyn Yanish was recognized for her routines on the floor exercise for the second straight season.
 
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• Oregon State scored a 191.950 finishing with a loss to Boise State last Friday. 
• The Beavers won both the vault and the floor team titles, with individual titles on the vault, the beam, the floor and in the all-around.
• With four counting scores, and the event title, Kristina Peterson competed in her first all-around (38.725).
• Madi Dagen closed her first meet back with two event titles; vault (9.9) and beam (9.85).
• Kaitlyn Yanish returned with a 9.9 on floor for the individual title.
• Also producing top-three finishes were: Sydney Gonzales (vault - 9.825 - college debut), Lena Greene (vault - 9.8), Kaitlyn Yanish (vault - 9.8), Jenna Domingo (beam - 9.825), Kayla Bird (floor - 9.775), and Madi Dagen (floor - 9.775).
 
OREGON STATE RECORDS
Individuals
Vault: 10 - Kristie Snyder (1995, '96), Katrina Severin (2001)
Bars: 10 - Chari Knight (1992, '92, '93, '94, '94), Heather Bennett (1996), Danae Phillips (1999), Elizabeth Jillson (2003), Kaytianna McMillan (2017)
Beam: 10 - Chari Knight (1992, '93, '93), Michelle Sandoz (1994)
Floor: 10 - Amy Durham (1993, '93), Lara Degenhardt (1999), Chrissy Lamun (2003), Tasha Smith (2008)
All-Around: 39.75 - Chari Knight (1993)
Team
Vault: 49.475 (1999, 1996)
Bars: 49.675 (2013)
Beam: 49.600 (2004)
Floor: 49.700 (2004)
Overall: 197.850 (2013)
 
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
• Washington will face Oregon State in its first meet on the 2021 season.
• The Huskies had just one loss, against Utah, in its conference schedule to finish second in the Pac-12 in 2020.
• Washington graduated five seniors following the 2020 season. Those seniors all regularly competed with four vault routines, four beam, three bars, three floor and an all-around competitor.
• The Huskies welcome six newcomers to the team, including a Texas State Champion (bars, all-around) (Cathy Eksteen), a JO Nationals runner-up (bars) with top-five placements on beam, floor, and all-around (Skylar Kilhough-Wilhelm), a two-time JO Nationals qualifier (Katie McNamara), a JO Nationals fourth-place finisher (beam) (Taylor Russon), a one-time JO Nationals qualifier (Lauren Thomas), and a three-time JO Nationals top-ten finisher (Gabi Wickman).
 
AGAINST WASHINGTON
• Oregon State leads the all-time series, 108-29.
• The Beavers finished 2020 with a loss against then-No. 12 Washington, 196.750-197.250.
• In the 2019 season, OSU found victories in both meets against the Huskies. Washington fell to the Beavers 196.100-195.900 during the regular season and 196.600-196.175 at the Pac-12 Championships.
 
2021 FIRST-PLACE FINISHES
vs. Boise State

Name Event Score
Madi Dagen Vault 9.900
Madi Dagen Beam 9.850
Kaitlyn Yanish Floor 9.900

ABOUT HEAD COACH TANYA CHAPLIN
• Tanya Chaplin enters her 24th season directing the gymnastics program. With a record of 431-251-3 at the start of the 2021 season, she owns the most wins in the gymnastics program's history. She earned this distinction with her 318th win in 2014, against Iowa State.
• During her time at OSU, she has become well-known as one of the best in the business for the choreography her gymnasts' floor and beam routines see, putting her athletes in the best position to entertain the crowd as well as the judges.
• Since 1997-98, when Chaplin came to Oregon State, gymnastics has 12 NCAA Championship team appearances with 13 additional individual appearances throughout six different seasons. The Beavers have seen two NCAA Regional titles (2008, 2011) and two Pac-12 titles (2011, 2013) under Chaplin's direction.
• A five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Chaplin has coached 19 Pac-12 individual champions, with three two-time champions and two four-time champions, three Pac-12 Gymnasts of the Year (with one two-time) and three Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
• Over the course of her career at OSU, Chaplin has led 29 gymnasts to earn All-American honors - one seven-time honoree, two six-time, two four-time, four three-time, five two-time, and 14 one-time honorees, including one gymnast who earned the honor before and after Chaplin joined the Beavers.
 
ABOUT ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH MICHAEL CHAPLIN
• Michael Chaplin joined Oregon State at the same time as Tanya Chaplin. Coaching the Beavers since, Chaplin was named the associate head coach prior to the 2004 season. 
• As part of the Oregon State gymnastics coaching staff, Chaplin has been named the NACGC West Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year twice (1999, 2003) and the NACGC West Region Co-Coach of the Year once (2011). 
• In combination with Tanya Chaplin, he has coached Oregon State to 12 NCAA championship team appearances with two NCAA Regional titles and two Pac-12 championships.
• Chaplin serves as OSU's vault and tumbling coach.
 
THE ROSTER
Here are some quick hitters about the 2021 Oregon State gymnastics roster:
• The Beavers have seven seniors on the team (Lacy Dagen, Lena Greene, Savanna Force, Lexie Gonzales, Niya Mack, Colette Yamaoka, Kaitlyn Yanish). They have combined to perform 225 routines in their career entering the season.
• There were six additions to the squad this fall with the arrivals of freshmen Sydney Gonzales, Kaitlyn Hoiland, Grace Johnson, Julia Melchert, Anna Yeates, and Ariana Young. 
• Ten of the 13 returning gymnasts on the 2021 team competed in at least one meet for the Beavers last season. Alexa McClung and Jane Poniewaz are seeking their first competition routines at OSU, in addition to the six freshmen. 
• The Beavers have two gymnasts that hail from the state of Oregon - Lena Greene (Tigard) and Alexa McClung (Salem).
• OSU also has one gymnast from outside the continental 48 states - Jenna Domingo (Kapolei, Hawai'i).
• Though unable to finish the 2020 season out, the Beavers return 10 of 24 routines from the 2019 NCAA Championships lineup. Mariana Colussi-Pelaez (bars), Mary Jacobsen (vault, floor, bars) and McKenna Singley (vault, floor, beam) graduated in 2019 while Hallie Briscoe (bars), Sabrina Gill (bars, beam), Maela Lazaro (beam), and Isis Lowery (beam, bars, floor) graduated following the 2020 season. Those returning are Madi Dagen (vault, floor, beam), Lacy Dagen (vault, beam), Savanna Force (floor), Colette Yamaoka (beam), and Kaitlyn Yanish (vault, floor).
 
A LOOK BACK AT 2020
• The Beavers finished the season ranked No. 15.
• OSU opened the 2020 season with a second-place finish at the Critique Classic with a 194.450. The Beavers posted the top score on the uneven bars to help beat Iowa (192.700) and Bridgeport (189.300). Oregon State fell to No. 8 Georgia (195.100) in their opening meet.
• The next month saw a 6-2 record with a first-place finish in a tri-meet against Seattle Pacific and Centenary and two second-place finishes in tri-meet against Arizona State & Louisiana State and No. 21 Arizona & Sacramento State.
• The Beavers closed the season with four-straight losses against No. 3 Utah, No. 10 California, No. 3 UCLA, and No. 12 Washington despite seeing some of their best team scores, including a tie for the highest against UCLA with a 196.825 score, on the season.
• All four of OSU's lineups were ranked among the top-20 in the nation. The beam lineup was the highest ranked for the Beavers at No. 12 (48.700 national qualifying score), while the bars (48.600) and floor (48.700) ranked No. 14, and vault (48.450) was No. 19.
• The Beavers' routine production breakdown looked like this: Seniors performed 105 of 240 routines (43.75%), sophomores produced 50 of 240 (20.83%), juniors 48 of 240 (20%), and freshmen 37 of 240 (15.42%). Lacy Dagen will return as senior with 18 of the seniors' 105 routines.
• Kaitlyn Yanish (floor) and Madi Dagen (beam) were named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team.
• 11 OSU gymnasts were named to the Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll. The honorees included: Halli Briscoe (Organizational Leadership, MS), Lacy Dagen (sociology), Madi Dagen (digital communication arts), Savanna Force (kinesiology), Lexie Gonzales (digital communication arts), Lena Green (bioengineering), Jaime Law (design & innovation management in OSU's Honor College), Maela Lazaro (biohealth sciences), Isis Lowery (human development and family sciences), Kristina Peterson (human development and family services) and Colette Yamaoka (biology).
• 15 gymnasts were recognized as Scholastic All-Americans by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association: Kayla Bird, Halli Briscoe, Lacy Dagen, Madi Dagen, Jenna Domingo, Savanna Force, Lexie Gonzales, Lena Green, Jaime Law, Maela Lazaro, Isis Lowery. Alexa McClung, Alyssa Minyard, Kristina Peterson, and Jane Poniewaz.
 
LOADING UP FOR 2022
• In November, two gymnasts made official commitments to join the Oregon State gymnastics program for the 2021-22 academic year. Natalie Briones (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Phoebe Jakubczyk (Bristol, United Kingdom) are scheduled to enroll at Oregon State this coming summer.
• In addition, 2018 signee Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz.), who has deferred her enrollment to train for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, still plans to join the Beavers in time for the 2022 season.
 
UP NEXT
• After welcoming Washington to Gill Coliseum, the Beavers will head on the road to Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 29.