Oregon State Gymnastics advance to NCAA Regional Finals

OSU sophomore gymnast Kaitlyn Yanish performs her floor routine at the end of the NCAA Corvallis Regional meet. Yanish scored 9.900 on the floor, while also tallying a 9.825 on the vault.

Lillian Nomie, Sports Contributor

The Oregon State Gymnastics team took on Florida, Iowa and Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Corvallis Regional on Friday night in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers placed second in the meet with a final score of 197.125, qualifying to move forward to the final stage of regionals.

According to OSU Head Coach Tanya Chaplin, she was proud of the way the team performed in the meet.

“I am proud of what our team accomplished and how hard they worked. It was great to see the fight, fire and the confidence in the team that we see all the time,” Chaplin said.

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Beavers Junior Isis Lowery beat her career best in the beam event with a score of 9.900. Lowery placed fourth overall in the beam and floor events.

“I think that beam was definitely a highlight tonight. In the past we have had a rocky patch on beam with some highs and some lows,” Lowery said. “To come out and be that strong and get a season high right out the gate was such a confidence booster.”

OSU Senior Mary Jacobsen placed second amongst the other teams in the vault event with a score of 9.875 and said the fans had a positive impact on her performance.

“We’re on the climb to the top of the mountain but were not at the top yet. I think this team is about to bring even more energy tomorrow,” Jacobsen said. “The fans were on fire today. They were cheering their loudest. They were so happy and I could look into their eyes and see the support every time I looked at any fan.”

According to Lowery, the team is grateful to be able to compete at home in front of fans at Gill who the team loves to perform for.

“It’s great to know that they have our back as well as our own teammates and it’s so exciting to not only compete for our team or ourselves but also for Beaver Nation,” Lowery added. “It makes it so special, Gill is electric. That kind of environment is amazing to compete in.”

The Beavers will be back at Gill Coliseum on Saturday at 7 p.m. to compete in the NCAA Corvallis Regional Finals against Florida, Denver and Boise State.