So close yet so far for the Oregon State Gymnastics team. Yes the 6th place finish is their highest ever in program history. That is a tremendous accomplishment. But no doubt, the frustrating part was just missing the Team Finals by .1375 points. The following is the account of just how close they came to a potential team title and how impressive this Gymnastics squad has been this season:
The No. 8 Oregon State gymnastics team finished third in its semifinal, and sixth overall, at the NCAA Championships Friday night coming within .1375 points of earning a spot in Team Finals. With two teams advancing to finals, the Beavers were tied for second, with Denver, after three events before coming up just short in the last rotation.
OSU’s sixth place finish is the highest finish under head coach Tanya Chaplin, who had previously directed the Beavers to eighth place finishes in 2010 and 2011.
“I am so proud of our team. This has been a special team and a special season,” Chaplin said. “A lot of people wrote us off during the regular season but we really raised our game at the end of the season and I couldn’t be more proud. Tonight was a lot of fun, from our fans giving us such a wonderful send-off from the hotel, to it coming down to the last rotation to advance to finals. I’m so happy for how our seniors finished their careers and I know everyone left it all on the floor tonight.”
The Beavers got out to a fast start on the floor exercise with Isis Lowery leading the way with a 9.90. Kaitlyn Yanish posted a score of 9.875 and McKenna Singley scored 9.850. Savanna Force and Madi Dagen each notched scores of 9.8375 to give OSU a 49.300 on the event and second place, just one-tenth of a point behind Oklahoma, after the opening rotation.
Moving to the vault, OSU once again reached the 49-point mark tallying 49.0875 behind a top score of 9.875 by Mary Jacobsen. Yanish added a 9.825 while Lena Greene scored 9.8125 and Madi Dagen was good for a 9.80.
Sitting in third at the halfway point in the meet, behind Oklahoma and Denver, the Beavers moved on to the uneven bars trailing by 98.550-98.3875. Halli Briscoe, who hails from Dallas and performed in front of 75 friends and fans, led the Beavers on the bars with a career-best 9.90. Sabrina Gill tallied a 9.8625 and Mariana Colussi-Pelaez went for a 9.850. Jacobsen added a 9.8375 and Colette Yamaoka posted a career-best 9.8125 giving OSU a bars score of 49.2625 to tie Denver for second at 147.6500.
Oregon State pressed forward on the beam with Singley opening the rotation with 9.8625 in the leadoff spot. Lacy Dagen notched a score of 9.8125 and her sister, Madi, followed with a 9.8625. Maela Lazaro and Gill finished the scoring for the Beavers with scores of 9.8875 and 9.825 respectively, and OSU totaled 49.250 on the balance beam. However, Denver hit all six of its bars routines to total 49.3875 on their final event.
NCAA Championships Semifinal Results
Team Scores:No. 1 Oklahoma 197.8500; No. 5 Denver 197.0375; No. 8 Oregon State 196.9000; No. 7 Georgia 196.4625.
All-Around:1. Maggie Nichols (OU) 39.7125; 2. Lexy Ramler (MINN) 39.6625; 3. Lynnzee Brown (DU) 39.5750.
Vault (49.0875):T1. Derrian Gobourne (AUB), Maggie Nichols (OU) 9.9500; T3. Lexy Ramler (MINN), Nicole Lehrmann (OU) 9.9250.OSU Scores:Mary Jacobsen 9.8750; Kaitlyn Yanish 9.8250; Lena Greene 9.8125; Madi Dagen 9.8000; Lacy Dagen 9.7750; McKenna Singley 9.6750.
Uneven Bars (49.2625):T1. Lexy Ramler (MINN), Maggie Nichols (OU) 9.9375; 3. Nicole Lehrmann (OU) 9.9250.OSU Scores:Halli Briscoe 9.900; Sabrina Gill 9.8625; Mariana Colussi-Pelaez 9.8500; Mary Jacobsen 9.8375; Colette Yamaoka 9.8125; Isis Lowery 9.7625.
Balance Beam (49.2500):T1. Lexy Ramler (MINN), Alexis Vasquez (DU) 9.9125; T3. Nicole Lehrmann (OU), Carly Woodard (OU), Maggie Nichols (OU) 9.9000.OSU Scores:Maela Lazaro 9.8875; Madi Dagen 9.8625; McKenna Singley 9.8625; Sabrina Gill 9.8250; Lacy Dagen 9.8125; Isis Lowery 9.1625.
Floor Exercise (49.3000):T1. Alicia Boren (UF), Lynnzee Brown (DU), Brenna Dowell (OU) 9.9500.OSU Scores:Isis Lowery 9.900; Kaitlyn Yanish 9.8750; McKenna Singley 9.8500; Savanna Force 9.8375; Madi Dagen 9.8375; Mary Jacobsen 9.8000.