Oregon State Gymnastics nearly upsets No. 3 UCLA

UCLA all-arounder Kyla Ross, an olympic gold medalist, performs her signature floor routine in front of a packed Gill Coliseum crowd. Ross’ highlight of the night came on the uneven bars when she tallied a perfect 10.00 from the judges, helping UCLA pull away with the win.

Jarred Bierbrauer, OMN Sports Chief

On Saturday afternoon, the Oregon State Gymnastics team was unable to close out a win against the No. 3 UCLA Bruins in a fan-packed Gill Coliseum, losing 197.900-197.450.

In one of the most exciting meets of the year, the Beavers came within half of a point of taking down the defending NCAA national champions with over 6500 fans in attendance. Despite the loss, OSU scored a season-high in all four of their events.

In the meet, Oregon State freshman Madi Dagen lead the team in overall points with her routines in the vault, balance beam and floor, scoring 29.725 on the night.

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“The last pass I got too excited and I went too fast into my dance but we fixed it,” Dagen said. “I was just so excited out there honestly, like genuine happiness. Just seeing the crowd and people in the stands being so happy and my team right there, it was incredible.”

Dagen lead the team on the balance beam with a score of 9.925, just over her older sister Lacy’s score of 9.875. When Lacy stuck the landing off of her beam routine, Madi tackled her sibling into a dog-pile celebration with the rest of the team.

“I cried after her beam routine, I know how hard she’s been working on that and how much she deserves it so I was so happy for her,” Madi Dagen said.

The second highest scoring Beaver on the night, senior Mary Jacobsen, totaled 29.7 points in her routines, including a career-best 9.95 on the vault.

“This is my first time ever competing in Gill with that big of a crowd and I was almost like in shock during the meet because we got to celebrate our gymnastics with 6500 people,” Jacobsen said. “That was crazy to me. I kept looking out over the crowd and seeing how excited they were and seeing how much they cared about us, it was really kind of magical.”

Although Oregon State put up a good fight, it was the Bruins who walked away victorious in the meet, all thanks to UCLA all-arounder Kyla Ross. Ross earned a total of 39.650 points in the meet and scored a perfect 10.00 for UCLA on bars.

“Just basically getting into the rhythm every time before I get up, I think that helps me just really feel it and know it when I go, and to have that confidence throughout the whole routine,” Ross said. “So it was really great to be able to come out and do that for my team, it really helped build the energy throughout the meet.”

Oregon State Gymnastics will be traveling to Tucson next Friday to take on the Arizona Wildcats at 6 p.m.