Oregon State Gymnastics advance to NCAA Nationals

Jarred Bierbrauer, OMN Sports Chief

Oregon State Women’s Gymnastics placed second in the NCAA Corvallis Regional Finals meet on Saturday night at Gill Coliseum, earning a trip to nationals.

The Beavers were able to score 196.900, defeating Boise State and Florida, but fell short to Denver who racked up a total of 97.375 points in the meet.

According to OSU Head Coach Tanya Chaplin, her team honed in and focused on what was needed to get done to win.

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“I am so proud of this team and our staff, they’ve worked so hard this year,” Chaplin said. “I thought they showed a lot of strength, courage, just grit. That’s just incredibly exciting for us.”

After the final transition, Oregon State trailed to Denver by 0.225 points and needed a strong performance on the floor. OSU junior Isis Lowery and sophomore Kaitlyn Yanish both came up big in their routines, earning 9.900’s to close out the meet.

“She (Lowery) really builds up the crowd, and it almost makes it easier for me because the crowd is already super pumped,” Yanish said.

Lowery, who competed in the bars, beam and floor, scored the highest total amount of points for the Beavers with 29.625. Senior Mckenna Singley followed closely with a combined 29.475 points in the vault, beam and floor.

“It was amazing, it makes the energy for us even greater and it makes it more exciting and more fun,” Singley said. “Especially because Beaver Nation is one family and having that that energy, having them cheer us on like that it just gets you excited, it makes you feel so loved.”