No. 18 Beavers take down No. 23 Stanford Cardinal

Sophomore Sabrina Gill celebrates with teammates during the meet. Gill was OSU’s only all-around performer as one of her teammate was limited due to an illness.

Gunnar Boag, Sports Contributor

Gymnastics brings home second win of season, nine set personal bests.

In the first home appearance of the season, thousands of fans made their way to Gill Coliseum to watch the relatively young Oregon State University gymnastics team compete. The women did not disappoint.

The No. 18 Beavers took home a 196.975 – 195.550 win over the No. 23 Stanford Cardinal, making it their second win of the season. 

OSU opened on the vault, posting a 49.075 cumulative score. The Beavers then went into the second rotation down 0.150, but a strong showing on the uneven bars allowed them to take the lead. Led by a 9.900 from junior Mary Jacobsen, OSU posted a 49.225. 

As the Beavers went into the balance beam, they held a narrow lead—a .025 advantage. They extended the lead even further with a 49.200 on the beam, led by a 9.90 from sophomore Maela Lazaro in her college debut. 

“That was probably the biggest celebration I have ever done in my career,” Lazaro said. “That’s always really fun.”

OSU finished the night with a strong showing on the floor, posting a 49.475. Freshman Kaitlyn Yanish is the anchor for the floor exercise. She posted the Beavers’ best score of the day— a 9.95. Yanish sealed the win for the Beavers in front of an electric crowd, officially listed at 4,064 people.  

“I was super excited, my team was super excited and I knew that Gill was excited so I celebrated with them,” Yanish said in reference to finishing her floor routine. 

The Cardinal could not keep up with Beavers, with crucial mistakes on the vault and balance beam. OSU, on the other hand, would post its best score of the season on the floor and overall.  

Nine Beavers set personal bests during the competition, with four of them coming from the floor. Freshman Niya Mack made her college debut, posting a 9.85 on the floor.

Sophomore Sabrina Gill was the Beavers’ only all-around performer, posting a 39.200 overall. 

“This is the first time Maela has ever done beam for us. For her to go in there and go 9.90 was amazing. Destinee (Davis) came in for the first time on vault and went 9.85,” head coach Tanya Chaplin said. “So those people that we were putting in and changing that had never competed really stepped up and did some great routines.” 

The Beavers, 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Pac-12, now look forward to a meet at home with Arizona State. The meet will take place on Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. 

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