Beavers put in outstanding performances for the season and placed third at NCAA Regional Championships

SEATTLE- Oregon State’s gymnastics team left it all on the floor Thursday night, recording a season high at the NCAA Seattle Regionals to end the year in third place inside Alaska Airlines Arena. Oregon State posted its seventh 197 of the 2022 campaign with a season-high 197.425.

Oregon State pushed all day and had their best meeting of the season as a unit. The Beavers have hit 23 of 24 routines. In the second session, Oregon State kept it tight, but ultimately placed third behind No. 4 Utah (197.800) and Stanford (197.450) who placed second. Illinois finished the evening with a score of 197.375.

The Beavers couldn’t have asked for a better start from the jump team after scoring a 49.325. Kaitlin Garcia (9.80) started the event strong, while Karlie Chavez (9.80) and Lauren Letzsch (9.80) counted solid scores to follow. Sydney Gonzales continued his momentum and formed the final two teammates by scoring a 9.825. Madi Dagen started her terrific all-around night by scoring a 9.925 (tied for third in the event behind Utah’s Alexia Burch’s 9.950), which was then followed by by Jade Carey regional maximum 9.975.

During the first rotation, Oregon State was in third place, ahead of Utah. The Beavers suffered a slight setback on bars to give up the fifth score but delivered a 49.150. In his last meeting of his career, senior Colette Yamaoka started the rotation with a 9.80. Carley Beeman and Dagen both added 9.85 while Carey put the icing on the cake with a 9.925.

Midway through the competition, the Beavers dropped to fourth after Illinois, Stanford and Utah continued to bring it in as well. Beam was led by Carey’s second 9.975 at the anchor, with Ariana Young career-best 9.90 and a pair of 9.85 from Dagen and Letzsch. As the beam took care of business after posting a 49.475, Oregon State continued to apply the pressure but remained fourth.

Oregon State needed a big, final push from the floor to come away with second place and advance to Saturday’s regional final. Young once again came out on top with a 9.85 while kayla bird added a 9.875 as momentum seemed to build for the Orange and Black. Letzsch added a nice 9.90 routine, finishing tied for third in the event. Dagen wrapped up his overall performance with a 9.875 and Carey took the floor event title with his third 9.975 of the night.

Coming to the final routine to decide the fate of the Beavers, senior Kaitlyn Yanish was reinstated in the roster after sustaining an injury at Arizona on March 4. The super senior wrapped up her stellar career as a beaver with a 9.825, but that wasn’t enough for OSU to skip Stanford.

Carey concluded his overall performance with a career best, regional best and program best 39.850. The score is also the second highest score in the nation behind Florida’s Trinity Thomas 39.875 Thursday night. Dagen finished the night with a 39.500 to take fourth place at the Seattle Regional.

Oregon State ends the season with its first ever Pac-12 regular season championship after reaching its 47th straight postseason.

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