Oregon State Scores Sixth 197 at Pac-12 Championships, Takes Third Behind Carey's All-Around Title
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Oregon State gymnastics took third at the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday evening after scoring its sixth 197 of the season, which is the first time since before 1999 that any Beaver squad has done so.
It was a night of standout performances for the Beavers as they posted a season-best road score of 197.250. No. 4 Utah (198.000) claimed its second consecutive title, No. 10 California finished third (197.425) while No. 14 Arizona State placed fifth (196.675) to wrap up the night session competitors.
Freshman Jade Carey posted a 39.725 in the all-around to earn the outright Pac-12 all-around title for Oregon State since Leslie Mak in 2011. Carey also claimed co-champion status on floor with a 9.95 and shared second on beam (9.95), bars (9.925) and vault (9.90) to conclude the historic night.
It was fitting for the Beaver freshman to collect the titles on the conference stage, dominating the meet after a standout season that earned her the 2022 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and Freshman of the Year, which is the first time in conference history that any gymnast claimed both.
Senior Madi Dagen, who came into the night ranked No. 20 in the all-around, finished a career-best fourth in the championship with a 39.450.
Following the meet, Tanya Chaplin was also honored with her sixth conference Coach of the Year nod and first since 2011 during the award ceremony.
Another solid Oregon State beam routine pushed the Beavers into first after one rotation with a 49.450. Looking to drop the first routine, Lauren Letzsch hit with a career-best 9.90 while Jenna Domingo and Sydney Gonzales followed with a pair of 9.85s. Madi Dagen started her strong night with her fourth 9.9+ of the season and second consecutive with a 9.90 just before Carey finished the set with a 9.95 to end the rotation.
The Beavers produced a 49.350 in the second rotation that was led by Carey's sixth consecutive 9.95 routine. Freshman Natalie Briones was inserted into the lineup and delivered as the leadoff with a career-high 9.825. Kayla Bird followed second after a Perfect 10 from Utah's bar routine and produced a beautiful 9.85 during the eruption of cheering Utah fans in their hometown. Ariana Young (9.80), Letzsch (9.85) and Dagen (9.875) rattled off a trio of 9.8s. Senior Kaitlyn Yanish was once again kept out of the day's lineups due to her injury and will be reevaluated day-to-day.
The Beavers had a great start to vault, looking to pull within current meet leader Utah, as Kaitlin Garcia soared to a career-best 9.85 as leadoff. Freshman teammates Karlie Chavez (9.825) and Letzsch (9.80) delivered in the second and third spots. Gonzales dropped a 9.825 before Dagen's Yurchenko one and a half scored a 9.875. Carey came through when it mattered most and clinched a 9.90 as OSU took sole possession of second with a 49.275.
Super senior Colette Yamaoka was solid once again as the uneven bars leadoff, hitting a 9.80. Freshman Carley Beeman swung in a 9.85 in the second spot that was followed by Dagen's final routine of the night of 9.80. After a fall in in the fourth routine, Phoebe Jakubczyk rattled off a 9.80 before Carey concluded the set with a 9.925.
Oregon State will find out its NCAA Regional destination on Tuesday, March 22 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9 a.m. PT on NCAA.com. The four regionals include Seattle, Wash., Auburn, Ala., Raleigh, N.C., and Norman, Okla.
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