CORVALLIS, Oregon- Thirteenth-ranked Oregon State Gymnastics is set for its first of the final three road clashes of the season when the Beavers travel to Salt Lake City this Friday, Feb. 18, to take on No. 4. The Beavers (6-1) and Utes (7-1) face off at 5:00 p.m. PT inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden at the call.
THE BEAVES IN THE CLASSIFICATION
The Beavers remain 13th after last weekend’s 197.275 performance against Washington, averaging 196.755 in their fifth week of competition. Next week, the ranking will change to the National Qualifying Score (NQS). A team’s NQS is calculated by taking the season’s six highest scores, three of which must be road scores, removing the highest score, and averaging the other five. As a result, the Oregon State team and individuals will not be ranked until March 7. The Orange and Blacks are ranked sixth on floor, tenth on vault, No. 14 on beam and moved up to No. 24 on bars. Individually, Jade Carey ranks first in the nation in all-around with an average of 39.760 while being No. 1 on bars, No. 3 on floor, No. 6 on balance beam and No. 9 on vault. Kaitlyn Yanish and Madi Dagen are tied for 39th on floor while Yanish holds sole possession at 39 on vault.
WEEK FIVE QUICK STICKS
At its annual “Dam Change” meeting on Sunday, February 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 won three individual titles in the all-around (39.750), bars (9.975) and floor (10.0) and ended her 18-event streak of 9.9… the Olympic gold medalist now holds 23 titles individual… senior Madi Dagen nearly matched his career-high all-around with a 39.525 which was highlighted by the title on beam (9.925) and tied a career-high on floor (9.925)… rookie 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 help from Carey, Yanish, Dagen and Letzsch, the Beavers were just .025 away from tying the floor program record with a 39.675 on Sunday.
SEASONAL QUICK STICKS
OSU hit 113 of 120 routines this season… Gymnasts who hit every routine arand kayla bird (ten) 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) … The 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 at Salt Lake City…The Beavers have lost the last four meetings with the last win at Corvallis in 2017…Last season, Oregon The state fell from 197,575 to 196,425 in Gill as Kaitlyn Yanish captured his sixth floor title of the season with a 9.95… Sydney Gonzales clocked a new personal best 9.9 to win his first individual title on vault.
Utah is coached by Tom Farden who is in his 12th season overall and his seventh year at the helm…The Utes fell one spot this week to fourth, averaging 197.496 this season…Utah scored 49, 0 or better in every event in 18 consecutive meets, which is the longest active streak and holds the highest beam score in the nation at a 49.725… Utah has hit 135-144 routines this season with eight gymnasts hitting each routine… Maile O’Keefe leads the Utes in all-around, averaging 39.550 this season ranking her 12th… She’s also third in the nation on beam (9.938) after posting a perfect 10 on apparatus.
Oregon State returns home for its final inside Gill meeting this season, hosting No. 18 Stanford for senior day on Friday, Feb. 25. The Beavers and Cardinal are due to face off at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network. After the conclusion, OSU will honor its three seniors by Alexa McClung, Colette Yamaokaand Kaitlyn Yanish.
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