Oregon State Welcomes No. 4 Utah for Final Home Meet
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Beavers gymnastics team returns home for their final regular season meet against No. 4 Utah. Oregon State will be honoring the senior class during the Friday evening meet.
DATE: Friday, March 5
TIME: 5:00 PM PST
SITE: Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, Ore.
TEAMS: Oregon State hosts #4 Utah
Oregon State notes | Utah notes
*NQS, which stands for National Qualifying Score, is calculated using a gymnast's or team's top four scores, at least two of which must be from away meets.
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Oregon State has spent the 2021 season consistently improving upon themselves with each meet.
• The team started with a 191.950 against Boise State (1/15) and most recently, against #13 UCLA, the Beavers combined for a 196.500.
• Madi Dagen has won the individual title on beam in every meet she has competed in during the 2021 season. With an NQS of 9.906, Dagen sits 19th in the nation. In addition to success on the beam, Dagen owns the sixth-best NQS on vault with a 9.925.
• Coming back from an injury, Lacy Dagen has scored, or tied her sister for, the top vault score on Oregon State in each of her three meets. With one more meet, L. Dagen could be ranked in the top of the nation.
• The floor lineup leads the team with four gymnasts in the top-100. Kaitlyn Yanish's 9.925 NQS is good for 14th with Kayla Bird (9.863 - 70th), Madi Dagen (9.856 - 82nd) and Kristina Peterson (9.850 - 94th) following.
• Sydney Gonzales leads the freshmen with 13 routines, 12 hits and two beam titles.
• Oregon State's vault and floor lineups rank 13th in the nation due to the NQS after six meets. The beam lineup follows in 19th place with the bars sitting at 42nd.
• Injury report: Grace Johnson, Jane Poniewaz, and Anna Yeates will be sitting out for the remainder of the season. Colette Yamaoka will not yet be returning from her injury.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• Oregon State gained yet another season-best score of 196.500 but fell to #13 UCLA.
• The Beavers came together to win on the vault and the beam, with an individual title from Madi Dagen on the beam.
• Dagen's individual title served as her sixth on the beam, in as many meets.
• Dagen notched the top OSU score in all four events and the all-around. She finished second in the all-around competition, the vault, and the floor with a seventh-place finish on bars.
• Lacy Dagen tied her sister's second-place finish on vault.
• Other top-three performances: Kristina Peterson - All-Around - 39.300 (3rd); Kristina Peterson - Floor - 9.850 (3rd); Savanna Force - Floor - 9.850
IN THE RANKINGS
Vault: 13th - 49.188
Bars: 42nd - 48.481
Beam: 19th - 49.131
Floor: 13th - 49.288
All-Around: 23rd - 195.950
Individuals in the Top 100
6. Madi Dagen - 9.925
59. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.844
19. Madi Dagen - 9.906
78. Kristina Peterson - 9.856
14. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.925
70. Kayla Bird - 9.863
82. Madi Dagen - 9.856
94. Kristina Peterson - 9.850
39. Kayla Bird - 39.094
46. Madi Dagen - 38.975
*ranked from National Qualifying Scores
2021 BEAVER HIGH SCORES
2021 BEAVER AVERAGES
2021 BEAVER NQS
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 NO. 4 UTAH
• No. 4 Utah is 8-1 on the season after finding victories against Utah State (1/9), Southern Utah (1/9), BYU (1/9), Arizona (1/23), Washington (1/30), Arizona State (2/6), Stanford (2/15), UCLA (2/19), and California (2/26). The Utes one victory was at Oklahoma on Jan. 17.
• Utah saw a high 196 score in its first weekend with a 196.550 against Oklahoma. Since its first two meets, the Utes have maintained scores in the 197 range.
• In their latest meet against California, Utah hit all 24 of their routines with only two scores falling below a 9.800.
• The Utes rank in the top-15 with all four of their lineups. The beam team leads with a third-place NQS while the vault and floor team follow, each fifth in the nation. The bars lineup collectively ranks 13th in the nation. All four lineups hold an NQS above a 49.250.
• Sophomore Maile O'Keefe leads the team as the best beam gymnast in the nation. Eighth-best in the all-around, O'Keefe also ranks 36th on the floor, 57th on the bars, and 59th on the vault.
• The Utes have three gymnasts in the top-50 on the vault, beam, and the floor with two on the bars. Senior Alexia Burch leads with her fifth-place NQS on vault while Sydney Soloski (floor) and Cristal Isa (vault) lead with a 14th- and 16th-place NQS in their respective events.
• With an NQS of 9.863 on vault, the 44th-best NQS in the nation, freshman Lucy Stanhope leads Utah's first-year gymnasts.
2021 UTES HIGH SCORES
2021 UTES AVERAGES
2021 UTES NQS
AGAINST NO. 4 UTAH
• Utah leads the all-time series, 73-10-1.
• The Beavers last met the Utes in 2020. Then-ranked #3 Utah beat Oregon State 197.125-196.275 on Feb. 15 in Salt Lake City. Isis Lowery and Kaitlyn Yanish tied for the floor title with a 9.900 while Maela Lazaro and Madi Dagen tied for the top OSU score, fourth overall, with the same score on beam. Lacy Dagen notched third place with a 9.875 on vault and Sabrina Gill scored a 9.900 for second place on bars. As a team, the Beavers won on the floor.
• Oregon State last found a victory over Utah in 2017 during the regular season. Beating the Utes on bars and the floor, the Beavers overall score of 196.550 beat Utah's 196.525. Kaytianna McMillan tied for first in the all-around with a 39.500 after finishing second on vault (9.850), first on bars (9.850), first on beam (9.875), and first on the floor (9.925).
2021 FIRST-PLACE FINISHES
vs. Boise State
Madi Dagen - Vault - 9.900
Madi Dagen - Beam - 9.850
Kaitlyn Yanish - Floor - 9.900
Madi Dagen - Vault - 9.950
Kayla Bird, Kaitlyn Hoiland - Bars - 9.775
Madi Dagen, Sydney Gonzales, Kristina Peterson - Beam - 9.800
Kaitlyn Yanish - Floor - 9.950
at #15 Arizona State
Madi Dagen - Vault - 9.950
Madi Dagen, Sydney Gonzales - Beam - 9.900
Kaitlyn Yanish - Floor - 9.900
Lacy Dagen - Vault - 9.850
Madi Dagen - Beam - 9.875
Kaitlyn Yanish - Floor - 9.900
vs. #13 California
Madi Dagen, Kristina Peterson - Beam - 9.925
Kaitlyn Yanish - Floor - 9.950
at #13 UCLA
Madi Dagen - Beam - 9.925
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 Greene, 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 take to the road for their final regular season meet at Stanford on March 14.