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#13 Oregon State Heads to Salt Lake City for Showdown at #4 Utah

Feb 16, 2022

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Thirteenth-ranked Oregon State gymnastics is set for its first of three final road matchups of the season when the Beavers travels to Salt Lake City this Friday, Feb. 18, to take on No. 4 Utah. The Beavers (6-1) and Utes (7-1) will compete at 5 p.m. PT inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden on the call.
The Beavers remain at the 13th spot following last weekend's 197.275 performance against Washington, averaging 196.755 through their fifth week of competition. Next week, the rankings will move to National Qualifying Score (NQS). A team's NQS is calculated by taking the highest six scores of the season, three of which must be road scores, dropping the high score and averaging the remaining five. As a result, the Oregon State team and individuals will not be ranked until March 7. The Orange & Black are ranked sixth on floor, tenth on vault, No. 14 on beam and rose to No. 24 on bars. Individually, Jade Carey ranks first in the nation in the all-around with a 39.760 average while sitting No. 1 on bars, No. 3 on floor, No. 6 on beam and No. 9 on vault. Kaitlyn Yanish and Madi Dagen are tied for 39th on floor while Yanish holds sole possession of 39 on vault.
In its annual "Dam Change" meet on Sunday, Feb. 13, Oregon State finished with its second-highest score of the 2022 campaign 197.275 to defeat Washington and move to 6-0 at home … Jade Carey took home three individual titles in all-around (39.750), bars (9.975), and floor (10.0) and snapped her 18-event 9.9 streak … the Olympic gold medalist now owns 23 individual titles … senior Madi Dagen nearly tied her career-high all-around with a 39.525 that was highlighted by the beam (9.925) title and tied a career-high on floor (9.925) … freshman Lauren Letzsch added career-highs on vault (9.85) and floor (9.925) and senior Kaitlyn Yanish posted a career-high 9.975 on floor … with the help of Carey, Yanish, Dagen and Letzsch, the Beavers were just 0.025 shy of tying the program record on floor with a 39.675 on Sunday.
OSU has hit 113 of 120 routines this season … Gymnasts who have hit every routine are Kayla Bird (10) Carley Beeman (4-4), Jade Carey (20-20), Karlie Chavez (5-5), Sydney Gonzales (15-15), Lauren Letzsch (15-15) and Kaitlyn Yanish (10-10) … Individual event winners this season are Carey (23), Madi Dagen (1), and Domingo (1).
The Utes lead the overall series with Oregon State, 73-10-1, which includes a 35-0 record in Salt Lake City … The Beavers have lost the last four meetings with the last win coming in Corvallis in 2017 … Last season, Oregon State fell 197.575-196.425 in Gill as Kaitlyn Yanish notched her sixth floor title of the season with a 9.95 … Sydney Gonzales flipped for a new personal-best of 9,9 to take home her first individual title on vault.
Utah is coached by Tom Farden who is in his 12th season overall and seventh year at the helm … The Utes dropped a spot this week, moving down to fourth, averaging 197.496 this season … Utah has scored a 49.0 or better on every event in 18 consecutive meets, which is the longest active streak and holds the nation's highest beam score with a 49.725 … Utah has hit 135-144 routines this season with eight gymnasts hitting every routine … Maile O'Keefe leads the Utes in the all-around, averaging 39.550 this season placing her in 12th … She also is third in the country on beam (9.938) after posting a Perfect 10 on the apparatus.
Oregon State returns home for its final meet inside Gill this season, hosting No. 18 Stanford for Senior Day on Friday, Feb. 25. The Beavers and Cardinal are set to square off at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network. After the conclusion, OSU will honor its three seniors in Alexa McClung, Colette Yamaoka, and Kaitlyn Yanish.

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