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No. 24 Oregon State Heads to Utah for Pac-12 Championships

Mar 18, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 24 Oregon State gymnastics team will kick off the postseason at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships in West Valley City, Utah on Saturday, March 20.
 
Oregon State has received the first seed of the first session. The Beavers will start on bars at 11 a.m. PT. Also in the afternoon session with OSU will be Arizona, Stanford, Washington.
 
MEET INFORMATION
DATE: Saturday, March 20
TIME: All day
SITE: Maverik Center - West Valley City, Utah
TEAMS: Pac-12 gymnastics - Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, and Washington
STREAM: Pac-12 Networks
RESULTS: OSUBeavers.com
 
The championship meet will air live on Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden on the call. 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 | Arizona notes | Arizona State notes | California notes | Stanford notes | UCLA notes | Utah notes | Washington 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, the Beavers combined for their season-best (196.550) to close the regular-season at Stanford (3/14).
• Madi Dagen (beam) and Kaitlyn Yanish (floor) have won the individual title on their respective events in six of the Beavers' eight meets of 2021. 
• M. Dagen has won the individual title on beam in six of her eight meets. With an NQS of 9.913, she sits 28th in the nation. In addition to success on the beam, M. Dagen owns the 11th-best NQS on vault with a 9.925, and with a 9.894 NQS on the floor, she is ranked 53rd.
• Coming back from an injury, Lacy Dagen has scored, or tied her sister for, the top vault score on Oregon State in three of her four meets. With the minimum required for an NQS, a 9.875, she ranks 50th in the nation.
• The vault and floor lineups lead with four gymnasts in the top-100. Yanish's 9.925 NQS is good for 23rd on the floor with M. Dagen (9.894 - 53rd), Kayla Bird (9.888 - 65th) and Savanna Force (9.875 - 81st) following. On the vault, M. Dagen leads with L. Dagen closely behind her. Yanish (9.856 - 63rd) and Sydney Gonzales (9.850 - 80th) round out the top-100. 
• Gonzales leads the freshmen with 17 routines, 14 hits, and three titles - one on vault and two on beam. 
• Oregon State's vault and floor lineups rank 13th in the nation due to the NQS after eight meets. The beam lineup follows in 18th place with the bars sitting at 45th.
• 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 topped their previous season-best with a 196.550 at Stanford on Sunday, March 14.
• The Beavers came together to win on every event, with an individual title in every category except bars.
• Kristina Peterson and Madi Dagen combined for the vault title while Jenna Domingo owns the beam title. All three scored a 9.900.
• Savanna Force and Kayla Bird tallied a season-best, 9.925, to claim the floor title.
• Domingo (bars), Lexie Gonzales (beam), and Bird (floor) all totaled career-bests against Stanford.
Other top-three performances: Lexie Gonzales - Beam - 9.875 (2nd); Kaitlyn Yanish - Vault - 9.875 (3rd); Kayla Bird - Bars - 9.800 (3rd); Kristina Peterson - Floor - 9.875 (3rd).
 
IN THE RANKINGS
Team
Vault: 13th - 49.263
Bars: 45th - 48.638
Beam: 18th - 49.244
Floor: 13th - 49.381
All-Around: 24th - 196.419
 
Individuals in the Top 100
Vault
11. Madi Dagen - 9.925
50. Lacy Dagen - 9.875
56. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.869
80. Sydney Gonzales - 9.850
 
Beam
28. Madi Dagen - 9.913
86. Kristina Peterson - 9.869
86. Jenna Domingo - 9.869
 
Floor
23. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.925
53. Madi Dagen - 9.894
65. Kayla Bird - 9.888
81. Savanna Force - 9.875
 
All-Around
40. Madi Dagen - 39.250
54. Kayla Bird - 39.094
 
*ranked from National Qualifying Scores
 
2021 BEAVER NQS

Team 49.263 48.638 49.244 49.381 196.419
Name V UB BB F AA
Kayla Bird 9.794 9.806 9.713 9.888 39.094
Lacy Dagen 9.875
Madi Dagen 9.925 9.738 9.913 9.894 39.150
Jenna Domingo 9.869
Savanna Force 9.875
Lexie Gonzales 9.756
Sydney Gonzales 9.850 9.825
Lena Greene
Kaitlyn Hoiland 9.744
Grace Johnson
Niya Mack 9.669 9.850
Alexa McClung
Julia Melchert
Kristina Peterson 9.831 9.869 9.863
Jane Poniewaz 9.531
Colette Yamaoka
Kaitlyn Yanish 9.869 9.925
Anna Yeates
Ariana Young 9.694 9.825

2021 BEAVER AVERAGES

Team 49.150 48.063 49.016 49.228 195.456
Name V UB BB F AA
Kayla Bird 9.771 9.728 9.520 9.841 39.094
Lacy Dagen 9.875
Madi Dagen 9.775 9.604 9.875 9.843 39.063
Jenna Domingo 9.388 9.846
Savanna Force 9.791
Lexie Gonzales 9.613
Sydney Gonzales 9.806 9.578 8.850
Lena Greene 9.800
Kaitlyn Hoiland 9.425
Grace Johnson
Niya Mack 9.521 9.716
Alexa McClung
Julia Melchert
Kristina Peterson 9.781 9.450 9.839 9.828 38.860
Jane Poniewaz 9.733 9.531 9.787
Colette Yamaoka
Kaitlyn Yanish 9.844 9.750 9.900
Anna Yeates
Ariana Young 9.725 9.550 9.700

 
2021 BEAVER HIGH SCORES

Team 49.325 48.825 49.350 49.450 196.550
Name V UB BB F AA
Kayla Bird 9.825 9.850 9.800 9.925 39.175
Lacy Dagen 9.900
Madi Dagen 9.950 9.825 9.925 9.925 39.525
Jenna Domingo 9.675 9.900
Savanna Force 9.925
Lexie Gonzales 9.875
Sydney Gonzales 9.900 9.900 8.850
Lena Greene 9.800
Kaitlyn Hoiland 9.775
Grace Johnson
Niya Mack 9.750 9.850
Alexa McClung
Julia Melchert
Kristina Peterson 9.900 9.750 9.925 9.875 39.300
Jane Poniewaz 9.825 9.750 9.825
Colette Yamaoka
Kaitlyn Yanish 9.875 9.750 9.950
Anna Yeates
Ariana Young 9.725 9.725 9.875

 
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)
 
BEAVER HISTORY AT PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Oregon State is one of only four schools - along with UCLA, Stanford, and Utah - to have won the Pac-10/12 Championships in the 34-year history of the event.
• The Beavers are seeking their seventh conference title and third since 2010.
• OSU has a 2-0 record against their direct competition this year defeating both Stanford and Washington with their meet against Arizona being canceled. The Beavers tallied their highest score of the season at Stanford (196.550) to close the regular season and went 24-for-24 against Arizona State, the only time they've accomplished the feat so far in 2021.
• Twenty-four OSU gymnasts have combined to win 44 individual conference titles over the course of 34 years. 
 
2021 FIRST-PLACE FINISHES
vs. Boise State
Madi Dagen - Vault - 9.900
Madi Dagen - Beam - 9.850
Kaitlyn Yanish - Floor - 9.900
 
vs. Washington
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
 
at Washington 
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
 
vs. #4 Utah
Sydney Gonzales - Vault - 9.900
Kaitlyn Yanish - Floor - 9.950
 
at Stanford
Madi Dagen, Kristina Peterson - Vault - 9.900
Jenna Domingo - Beam - 9.900
Kayla Bird, Savanna Force - Floor - 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.
 
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 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.
 
UP NEXT
• After Pac-12 Championships, the Beavers will head to the NCAA Regional competition. The details of where they will compete will be announced at a later date.
For more information on the Oregon State gymnastics team, follow the club's official Twitter account at Twitter.com/BeaverGym, by Facebook at Facebook.com/BeaverGym or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverGym.
 
OUR MISSION
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).