"Dam Worth It" Highlights Gymnastics Pac-12 Opener with UCLA Sunday
CORVALLIS, Ore. - No. 19 Oregon State hosts UCLA this Sunday, Jan. 23, for its annual "Dam Worth It" meet inside Gill Coliseum to begin Pac-12 competition. The Beavers and Bruins square off at 2 p.m. PT in Corvallis with introductions set to begin at 1:50 p.m. PT. The meet will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Alisa Mowe and Rich Burk commentating the competition. Fans can also follow with live scoring that can be accessed through the gymnastics schedule page at osubeavers.com.
FOR THE FANS
The Pac-12 opener requires all fans in attendance to wear a mask inside Gill Coliseum as doors will open at 1:00 p.m. Oregon State requires all attendees at designated university events to provide proof of vaccination or show proof of a (-) COVID test within the prior three days of the event. Official 2022 Oregon State gymnastics posters and individual meet programs will be available for fans to pickup in the concourse pre-meet.
Oregon State has simplified and enhanced the fan experience, while making meetday safer for fans with the introduction of its new app OSU Beavers Mobile, presented by Toyota. Tickets will be scanned on game day using the app on a mobile device. Fans are encouraged to have their tickets downloaded to their wallet on either iPhone or Android devices, and ready to present upon arrival to help expedite the entry process. Step-by-step instructions for the process may be accessed online, CLICK HERE. Beaver fans are also encouraged to purchase their 2022 Pac-12 Championship tickets now in order to reserve seats with other OSU fans. Visit osubeavers.com to claim tickets today!
YOUTH GYM CLUB TICKETS
Oregon State gymnastics invites all gymnastics clubs out to a Beavers home meet this season for free. Complimentary tickets will be provided to coaches and athletes in the general admissions sections of Gill Coliseum. Guests of coaches and athletes may purchase discounted meet tickets using a promo code. For more information or to request tickets, CLICK HERE.
BEAVS IN THE RANKINGS
Following the Beaver tri-meet last Saturday, Jan. 15, Oregon State moved to No. 19 in the nation after their first week of competition. The Orange & Black are ranked No. 7 on floor, No. 12 on beam, No. 17 on vault and No. 40 on bars. Individually, Jade Carey is tied for first in the all-around and on bars, tied for eighth on vault, tied for ninth on beam and tied for 19th on floor. After winning her second-career beam title on Saturday, Jenna Domingo is tied with Carey for ninth on the beam after the pair produced 9.90's to share the title.
WEEK ONE QUICK STICKS
Jade Carey's collegiate debut all-around score of 39.650 was the highest score in program history since the 2017 campaign after the Olympic gold medalist nearly broke the current standing program record of 39.750 … With the help of Carey, the Beavers posted the top team scores on vault, 49.000; beam, 49.100; and floor, 49275 for a grand total of 195.550 to defeat previously ranked San Jose State (192.725) and Washington (194.000) on Saturday, Jan. 15 for their first competition of the season … Jenna Domingo tied a career-best 9.90 on beam to clinch her second-career event title after sharing the title with teammate Carey on Saturday … Kaitlyn Yanish took second overall on the floor after producing a 9.875 in the fourth spot … other freshman that made their collegiate debuts include Lauren Letzsch (3-0), Karlie Chavez (1-0), Carley Beeman (1-0) and Phoebe Jakubczyk (1-0).
SEASON QUICK STICKS
OSU has hit 22 of 24 routines this season … Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Kayla Bird (2-0), Carley Beeman (1-0), Jade Carey (4-4), Karlie Chavez (1-0), Madi Dagen (4-0), Jenna Domingo (1-0), Sydney Gonzales (3-0), Phoebe Jakubczyk (1-0), Lauren Letzsch (3-0) and Kaitlyn Yanish (2-0) … Individual event winners this season are Carey (5) and Domingo (1).
UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State 28-91-1 with the last meeting going in favor of the Bruins by way of 197.025-196.500 on Feb. 27, 2021 in Los Angeles … The last time OSU defeated UCLA in a head-to-head matchup occurred during the 2013 season after the Beavers posted a 196.725 score in Corvallis.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS
UCLA is led by Chris Waller, who is in his third year at the helm after being a member of the staff for the 20th season … The Bruins are coming off their season-opening third place finish at the tri-meet in Minnesota on Monday, Jan. 17 … UCLA had event scores of 48.500 (vault), 48.300 (bars), 48.925 (beam) and floor (49.125) to finish with a 194.850 behind Iowa (195.950) and Minnesota (196.900) … unofficially UCLA is ranked No. 14 on floor, No. 15 on beam, No. 37 on bars and No. 48 on vault.
A LOOK BACK AT 2021
• OSU advanced to the postseason for the 46th consecutive season. (Does not consider the cancelation of the 2020 postseason due to Covid-19)
• The Beavers traveled to Athens, Ga. for the NCAA Regionals in April as the sixth seed and competed with No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Denver and Georgia in the second session of the second round. Oregon State started strong with a second-place finish on the vault with a 49.175 but took fourth in the round. OSU's final ranking was No. 22.
• Three of OSU's lineups were ranked among the top 25 in the nation. The vault lineup was the highest ranked for the beavers at No. 10, floor was also ranked 14th and beam finished at No. 18.
• Not including Peterson who 'hit' 32 out of 35, Oregon State as a team 'hit' 181 out of 203 (89.2%) routines in 2021.
• Madi Dagen (V) earned NACGC/W Regular Season Second Team All-America. Dagen was also named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team on the vault and balance beam.
• Lena Greene was named one of four semifinalists for the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education's Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. Greene became the first Beaver to be named a semi-finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year award and was also selected as the Women's Gymnastics Individual Sport Category winner.
• Eleven OSU gymnasts received Pac-12 All-Academic honors; Kayla Bird, Lacy Dagen, Madi Dagen, Jenna Domingo, Savanna Force, Lexi Gonzales, Lena Greene, Alexa McClung, Kristina Peterson, Jane Poniewaz, and Colette Yamaoka.
Here are some quick hitters about the 2022 Oregon State gymnastics roster:
• The Beavers have three seniors (Alexa McClung, Kristina Peterson and Madi Dagen) and two graduate seniors on the team (Colette Yamaoka and Kaitlyn Yanish). The fab-five has combined to perform 295 routines in their career entering the season.
• Nine of the 21 gymnasts on the 2021 team competed in at least one meet for the Beavers last season. Grace Johnson, Alexa McClung, and Julia Melchert are all seeking their first competition routines at OSU, in addition to the nine freshmen.
• The Beavers have just one gymnast that hails from the state of Oregon - Alexa McClung (Salem).
• The remaining Beavers in the United States come from Arizona (4) California (6), Colorado (2), Georgia (1), Hawaii (2), and Washington (4).
• OSU also has one gymnast from outside the United State - Phoebe Jakubczyk (Portishead, United Kingdom).
• The Beavers return 17 out of 24 routines from the 2021 NCAA Regionals lineup, losing routines by Lacy Dagen on vault, Lexie Gonzales on beam and Savanna Force on the floor. Meanwhile, Kristina Peterson who was a consistent all-arounder for the Beavers last year, will not compete this season due to a season-ending injury.
LOADING UP FOR 2023
In November, four gymnasts signed the National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon State gymnastics program for the 2022-23 academic year. Francesca Caso (Santa Monica, Calif.), Jennifer McMillan (Charlotte, N.C.), Savannah Miller (Waterford, Mich.) and Ellison Weaver (Vancouver, Wash.) are all scheduled to enroll at Oregon State this coming academic year.