Oregon State Welcomes No. 13 California to Gill
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Beavers gymnastics team returns home to take on its second top-15 opponent of the 2021 season.
DATE: Sunday, February 21
TIME: 2:00 PM PST
SITE: Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, Ore.
TEAMS: Oregon State hosts #13 California
STREAM: Pac-12 Networks
The meet will air live on Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Bay Area. Fans with subscriptions to the network can also watch the meet on Pac-12.com, or via the Pac-12 Now app.
Oregon State notes | California notes
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Oregon State is 2-2 on the season with two wins over Washington (1/23, 2/8) and losses to No. 15 Arizona State (1/29) and Boise State (1/15).
• Though the Beavers have two losses on the season, their team score has steadily increased throughout the season. The team started the season with a 191.950 (1/15) before increasing to a 194.925 (1/23) and a 195.850 at Arizona State (1/29). The Beavers increased their average score by earning a 195.250 at Washington (2/8).
• Madi Dagen (beam) and Kaitlyn Yanish (floor) have won the individual title at all four meets on the season with a Dagen earning the vault title at each of the four competitions. Madi notched the top score at the first three meets while Lacy topped her sister at Washington.
• Sydney Gonzales leads the freshmen with nine routines, eight hits, and two beam titles.
• After four meets, both the vault (13th) and the floor (14th) lineups rank in the top-15 while the beam lineup is 24th in the nation.
• In the nation, Kaitlyn Yanish holds the eighth-best average on the floor.
• Injury report: Grace Johnson and Anna Yeates will sit the season out due to injury while Colette Yamaoka will be out with an injury for at least the month of February. Jane Poniewaz will be out for the rest of the season due to her injury at Washington.
LAST MEET IN REVIEW
• Oregon State scored a 195.250 to beat Washington in Seattle on Feb. 8.
• The Beavers won the vault, beam, and floor while earning individual titles in the same three events.
• A split-second after landing her bars dismount, Jane Poniewaz fell over with an injury. Substituting in the lineup for Poniewaz, Kayla Bird completed her second all-around competition. Bird further topped her first 2021 all-around performance for a new career-best (39.050) and a second-place AA finish.
• Coming back from an injury, Lacy Dagen beat her sister's streak by winning the vault individual title with a 9.850.
• Madi Dagen did not let that stop her on beam, as she finished with a 9.900 for the individual title.
• Kaitlyn Yanish notched a 9.900 to earn the top score on the floor.
• Other top-three performances for OSU: Kaitlyn Yanish - Vault - 9.825 (2nd); Kayla Bird - Bars - 9.775 (2nd); Kristina Peterson, Jenna Domingo - Beam - 9.850 (2nd); Madi Dagen - Floor - 9.875 (3rd); Madi Dagen - All-Around - 39.000 (3rd).
IN THE RANKINGS
Vault: 13th - 49.081
Bars: 48th - 47.500
Beam: 24th - 48.800
Floor: 14th - 49.113
All-Around: 37th - 194.494
Individuals in the Top 100
31. Lacy Dagen - 9.850
55. Madi Dagen - 9.825
71. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.819
87. Lena Greene - 9.800
27. Madi Dagen - 9.856
51. Jenna Domingo - 9.838
67. Sydney Gonzales - 9.819
91. Kristina Peterson - 9.800
8. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.912
58. Madi Dagen - 9.850
45. Kayla Bird - 39.038
63. Madi Dagen - 38.875
88. Kristina Peterson - 38.475
*scores are averaged
2021 BEAVER AVERAGES
2021 BEAVER HIGH SCORES
OREGON STATE RECORDS
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)
Vault: 49.475 (1999, 1996)
Bars: 49.675 (2013)
Beam: 49.600 (2004)
Floor: 49.700 (2004)
Overall: 197.850 (2013)
ABOUT #13 CALIFORNIA
• #13 California is 3-0 on the season after beating Air Force (1/30), #21 Arizona (2/6), #14 Arizona State (2/14).
• Similar to Oregon State, the Bears have improved upon their score through the first three meets of 2021. Against Air Force, the Golden Bears finished with a 195.750, and most recently, California scored a 197.100 against #14 Arizona State.
• In their latest meet against the Sun Devils, California hit 23 of their 24 routines. Just one routine was missed on bars.
• The Bears rank in the top-20 with all four of their lineups. The bars team leads with a 12th-place average while the beam and vault team follow in 13th- and 14th-place, respectively. The floor lineup collectively ranks 17th in the nation. All four lineups hold an average score above a 49.
• The 2020 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Nevaeh DeSouza leads California in the national rankings. She is the 12th-best all-around gymnast in 2021 with top-35 rankings on vault (20th), bars (23rd), and beam (34th).
• Senior standout, Kyana George, follows closely in the nation's rankings. Leading as the 10th-best floor gymnast, and 12th all-around, George also ranks 37th on vault, 69th on beam, and 85th on bars.
• All four of the Bears all-around competitors are currently in the top-60 among the nation's AA gymnasts. Maya Bordas (25th) and Nina Schank (57th) round out the Bears' all-arounders so far.
2021 BEARS AVERAGES
2021 BEARS HIGH SCORES
AGAINST #13 CALIFORNIA
• Oregon State leads the all-time series, 93-7.
• The Beavers last met the Bears in 2020. Then-ranked #10 California beat Oregon State 197.125-196.600 on Feb. 22 in Berkeley. Madi Dagen served as the only OSU gymnast to break 9.9 with a 9.925 on vault, a 9.900 on beam, and a 9.900 on the floor, notching the shared individual titles on all three events. On
• In 2019, Oregon State defeated California, 196.950-196.150 at home. The Beavers won vault, beam, and floor while tying bars. Kaitlyn Yanish took the floor title with a 9.950. Lacy Dagen and Maela Lazaro shared the beam title (9.900) while Mariana Colussi-Perez won on bars (9.875) and Mary Jacobsen won on vault (9.875). L. Dagen, Lazaro, Colussi-Perez, and Jacobsen shared their respective titles with a California gymnast.
• At the 2019 Pac-12 Championships, the Beavers beat the Bears once again, 196.600-196.575. On vault, Jacobsen tied for third (9.900) with a Bear. On beam, M. Dagen finished third (9.900) for OSU. Isis Lowery notched a 9.95 on the floor to tie for fourth as Oregon State's top finish. The Bears topped the Beavers on bars.
2021 FIRST-PLACE FINISHES
vs. Boise State
|Kayla Bird, Kaitlyn Hoiland||Bars||9.775|
|Madi Dagen, Sydney Gonzales, Kristina Peterson||Beam||9.800|
at Arizona State
|Madi Dagen, Sydney Gonzales||Beam||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.
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 a 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 Greene (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.
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.
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.
• The Beavers will head on the road for a mid-morning meet at UCLA on Feb. 27. Their UCLA competition will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.