No. 12 Oregon State Wraps Up Regular Season at Denver Quad Meet
DENVER, Colo. – No. 12 Oregon State closed out the regular season on Sunday afternoon, traveling to the Mile High City, for a quad meet at No. 14 Denver with No. 18 Arkansas and Nebraska. The Beavers posted a 196.875 to finish second while the Razorbacks (196.975) took first, DU (196.800) placed third and Nebraska (195.750) finished fourth.
Oregon State began the day on the beam, scoring its highest score of the meet and season of 49.475. Ariana Young set the tone with a 9.70 while Lauren Letzsch (9.825), Jenna Domingo (9.875) and Sydney Gonzales (9.875) eased their way into the 9.8s. Madi Dagen and Jade Carey wrapped up the event with a pair of 9.95s to share a title on the apparatus.
Rotating to floor, Young scored for the first time during her Beaver career with a 9.725. Kayla Bird followed with a 9.70 before OSU looked to drop the second spot after an out of bounds pass. Letzsch added a 9.875 as the rotation went on while Dagen grabbed a 9.825. Rounding out the scoring five was Carey, who posted a meet-high 9.95, to push Oregon State's total to 49.075.
Midway through the meet, Oregon State led the group of four heading into its vault rotation. Kaitlin Garcia had a 9.775 in the leadoff spot while Karlie Chavez added a solid 9.825. Letzsch, Gonzales, and Dagen dropped in stunning vaults, each scoring 9.850, 9.825 and 9.850 respectively. Carey anchored with a Yurchenko double full that earned the meet's best of 9.95.
With a 0.375 lead over Arkansas after the third rotation, the Razorbacks surged in the final event with a 49.500 vault score to seal the victory. The Orange & Black delivered its fourth 49 of the meet on bars, led by Carey's fourth 9.95 in the anchor spot. Senior Colette Yamaoka started things off with a 9.725 while Colorado native Carley Beeman added a 9.775. Dagen concluded her all-around performance with a 9.775 in the third spot while Phoebe Jakubczyk came up big in the fifth with a 9.80 after the Beavers looked to drop its fourth score.
Carey concludes the regular season perfect, winning her ninth consecutive all-around with an away-best 39.800. With her five individual titles Sunday, the Olympic gold medalist now has 41 individual titles heading into the Pac-12 Championships. Dagen's 39.400 all-around placed her fourth on the day and is now currently ranked No. 19 in the country.
Oregon State gymnastics turns its attention to the postseason beginning next Saturday, March 19 at the Pac-12 Championships. The Beavers will go as the third seed at the conference championships and will compete in the night session at 5 p.m. PT at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
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