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Oregon State on the Road for NCAA Athens Regional

Apr 1, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State gymnastics team follows Pac-12 Championships at the NCAA Athens Regional on Friday, April 2. 
The Beavers will compete in Session One on Day Two at 10 am PT. The second day of competition will conclude with a second session at 4 pm PT. The top two team finishers from each session will advance to the NCAA Regional Finals on Saturday, for a meet at 4 pm PT. 
DATE: Friday, April 2
TIME: 10 am PT
SITE: Stegeman Coliseum - Athens, Ga. 
TEAMS: Session 1 - Minnesota, Denver, Georgia, Oregon State; Full Regional - Florida, Minnesota Denver, Illinois, Georgia, Oregon State, Central Michigan, NC State, Western Michigan
The NCAA Regional meet will air live on ESPN3. Fans with a cable subscription will be able to watch on their computer smart tv, computer, or the app.
Oregon State notes | Minnesota preview | Denver notes (coming soon) | Georgia preview | Florida notes | Illinois notes (coming soon) | Central Michigan notes | NC State preview | Western Michigan preview
*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. 
• 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 regular-season 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 31st in the nation. In addition to success on the beam, M. Dagen owns the 12th-best NQS on vault with a 9.925, and with a 9.894 NQS on the floor, she is ranked 61st.
• 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 9.881, she ranks 44th in the nation.
• The floor lineup leads with five of its six regular gymnasts ranking in the top-100. Yanish's 9.925 NQS is good for 28th in the nation. Kayla Bird (9.900) and M. Dagen (9.894) follow in 54th- and 61st-place, respectively. Savanna Force and Kristina Peterson round out the group tied at 94th with an NQS of 9.875.
• The vault lineup holds two-thirds of its regular six competitors in the top-100. The Dagen duo leads the group as Madi is 12th and Lacy is 44th in the nation. Yanish is 64th with an NQS of 9.869 and Sydney Gonzales follows in 70th-place with a 9.863 NQS.
• Gonzales leads the freshmen with 19 routines, 16 hits, and three titles - one on vault and two on beam. 
• Oregon State's vault team ranks in the top-10 of the nation with floor tied for 14th in the nation due to the NQS after nine meets. The beam lineup follows in 18th place with the bars sitting at 47th.
• Injury report: Grace Johnson, Niya Mack, 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. 
• Oregon State came away with a first-place finish in session one for a fifth-place finish overall with a 195.625.
• The Beavers combined for a second-place finish on vault overall with a third-place finish on beam and a fifth-place finish on the floor.
• Starting on bars, OSU was in fourth place for the first two rotations. Kaitlyn Yanish topped the bar-workers with a 9.750. 
• Closing Washington's lead, the Beavers headed to the beam for the session one team victory on the event. Madi Dagen closed out the balance beam with a 9.900.
• Following its completion of the floor, Oregon State was tied for second. Kayla Bird and Kristina Peterson topped OSU's scores with a 9.900 each.
• Finally, the Beavers closed the meet on vault to take the first session win on both the event and overall. Consistently improving throughout the lineup, Bird and Peterson opened the apparatus with two 9.775's before Yanish scored a 9.8590. Sydney Gonzales, Lacy Dagen, and M. Dagen tallied three 9.875's in a row to secure the victory.
Here are some quick hitters about Oregon State's history in the NCAA Regional Championships:
• Oregon State has reached the regional round of postseason competition for the 46th-straight season.*
• OSU has won regional titles 10 times including twice under Tanya Chaplin's leadership (2008 and 2011).
• Thirty-four OSU gymnasts have combined to win 71 individual regional titles.
• Oregon State has not faced any of the other eight teams in competition this season.
*The 2020 season is not included since the national competition was canceled to aid in the efforts of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Vault: 10th - 49.281
Bars: 47th - 48.638
Beam: 18th - 49.244
Floor: 14th - 49.381
All-Around: 24th - 196.419
Individuals in the Top 100
12. Madi Dagen - 9.925
44. Lacy Dagen - 9.881
64. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.869
70. Sydney Gonzales - 9.863
31. Madi Dagen - 9.913
91. Jenna Domingo - 9.875
28. Kaitlyn Yanish - 9.925
54. Kayla Bird - 9.900
61. Madi Dagen - 9.894
94. Savanna Force - 9.875
94. Kristina Peterson - 9.875
45. Madi Dagen - 39.256
63. Kayla Bird - 39.094
*ranked from National Qualifying Scores

Team 49.281 28.638 49.244 49.381 196.419
Kayla Bird 9.800 9.806 9.713 9.900 39.094
Lacy Dagen 9.881
Madi Dagen 9.925 9.750 9.913 9.894 39.256
Jenna Domingo 9.875
Savanna Force 9.875
Lexie Gonzales 9.794
Sydney Gonzales 9.863 9.838
Lena Greene
Kaitlyn Hoiland 9.744
Grace Johnson
Niya Mack 9.669 9.850
Alexa McClung
Julia Melchert
Kristina Peterson 9.831 9.869 9.875
Jane Poniewaz 9.531
Colette Yamaoka
Kaitlyn Yanish 9.869 9.925
Anna Yeates
Ariana Young 9.694 9.838


Team 49.161 48.064 49.025 49.225 195.475
Kayla Bird 9.772 9.653 9.520 9.847 39.094
Lacy Dagen 9.875
Madi Dagen 9.786 9.619 9.878 9.803 39.057
Jenna Domingo 9.475 9.846
Savanna Force 9.789
Lexie Gonzales 9.629
Sydney Gonzales 9.824 9.606 8.850
Lena Greene 9.800
Kaitlyn Hoiland 9.425
Grace Johnson
Niya Mack 9.532 9.725
Alexa McClung
Julia Melchert
Kristina Peterson 9.781 9.450 9.822 9.836 38.860
Jane Poniewaz 9.733 9.531 9.787
Colette Yamaoka
Kaitlyn Yanish 9.844 9.750 9.892
Anna Yeates
Ariana Young 9.725 9.525 9.714


Team 49.325 48.825 49.350 49.450 196.550
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

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)
• The Beavers hold a 13-1 advantage over Minnesota (3-1 at a neutral site). The last time the teams met was in 2010 at the NCAA Columbia Regional in Columbia, Missouri. The Beavers finished second in the regional with Minnesota coming in fourth.  
• For more information about the 2021 Minnesota gymnastics team: Roster | Schedule | Team Stats | Preview
• Oregon State meets Denver for the 15th time this week (10th at a neutral site). Their most recent meeting was the 2019 Corvallis Regional for the finals. The Beavers finished second to Denver with a 196.900 while Denver tallied a 197. 375.
• For more information about the 2021 Denver gymnastics team: Roster | Schedule | Team Stats | Team Page
• Seeing competition against Georgia most recently and most often, the Beavers are most familiar with the host of this year's regional competition. OSU last saw the GymDogs in for their first meet, the Critique Classic, in January 2020. Oregon State beat Iowa and Bridgeport for second-place at the quad meet but fell to Georgia. 
• For more information about the 2021 Georgia gymnastics team: Roster | Schedule | Team Stats | Preview
Here is a list of awards the Beavers have earned this postseason:
• WCGA Regular-Season All-American - Madi Dagen (Second Team - Vault) 
• Pac-12 All-Conference - Madi Dagen (First Team - Beam, Vault), Lacy Dagen (Honorable Mention - Vault), Kaitlyn Yanish (Honorable Mention - Floor)
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
• 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.
• 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).
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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