Beaver score 196.425 as Chaplin sets record

Photo By: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics   01-25-2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 16 Oregon State gymnastics team registered a season-high to win its home opener Saturday over Iowa State 196.425-194.850. The win is the 318th of head coach Tanya Chaplin’s career establishing a new OSU gymnastics record.

“It is such an amazing honor because there have been some amazing coaches here, Sylvia Moore and Jim Turpin, and to be among that class and what they accomplished, I’m glad we were able to continue that tradition,” head coach Tanya Chaplin said. “They set such an incredible foundation and so it’s an honor to achieve this for the program.”

The Beavers set season-highs on three out of four events and hit the 49-point barrier on three apparatuses as well.

“They came a long way,” Chaplin said. “We had a rough meet down at UCLA and we had a lot of team meetings and had to re-group and change some things, and they responded very well. They did a lot of soul searching. They’ve worked really, really hard and I’m proud of the improvements they made. We still have a lot of improvements to make but they are on the right track.”

OSU took an early lead in the opening stanza posting a season-high 48.975 on the vault behind seniors Kelsi Blalock and Brittany Harris, who tallied team-high and season-high marks of 9.875 and 9.80.

Leading 48.975-48.850 the Beavers stretched the lead in the second rotation notching a season-best 49.250 on the uneven bars with Erika Aufiero and Chelsea Tang scoring 9.875 each to tie for the individual title. Harris and Kaytianna McMillan added scores of 9.85 and Taylor Keeker and Hannah Casey each scored 9.80.

With the meet under control 98.225-97.300 at the halfway point, McMillan tallied the first 9.90 of her career as the Beavers’ beam team cruised to a 49.150 team total. Tang, Madeline Gardiner and Katelyn Ohlrich each marked at 9.825 as well.

Heading to the floor exercise with a 196-point team total in sight for the first time in 2014, the Beavers pushed on to score its third season-best with a 49.050 on the floor exercise. Blalock performed her best routine of the season to score 9.875, while Tang, Gardiner and Cerise Witherby each scored 9.80.

Oregon State (3-1) moves to 17-5 in home openers under Chaplin and 5-3 all-time against Iowa State.

Oregon State remains at home for the next three weeks hosting the annual Pink Out Mon., Feb. 3 when Pac-12 foe Stanford visits Gill Coliseum. The Beavers are also home Sat., Feb. 8 for a dual with California and again Sat., Feb. 15 for the annual Comfort Suites Invitational when they host Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific.

Team Scores: No. 16 Oregon State 196.425; Iowa State 194.850.

All-Around: 1. Chelsea Tang (OSU) 39.275; 2. Caitlin Brown (ISU) 39.150.

Vault (48.975): 1. Kelsi Blalock (OSU) 9.875; 2. Brittany Harris (OSU); T3. Chelsea Tang (OSU), Taylor Keeker (OSU) 9.775. Other OSU Scores: Megan Jimenez 9.750; Erika Aufiero 9.725 (Exhibition – Cerise Witherby 9.725).

Uneven Bars (49.250): T1. Chelsea Tang (OSU), Erika Aufiero (OSU) 9.875; T3. Kaytianna McMillan (OSU), Brittany Harris (OSU), Camille Santerre-Gervais (ISU) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Taylor Keeker 9.800; Hannah Casey 9.800 (Exhibition – Madeline Gardiner 9.750).

Balance Beam (49.150): 1. Kaytianna McMillan (OSU) 9.900; 2. Caitlin Brown (ISU) 9.875; 3. Alex Marasco (ISU) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Katelyn Ohlrich 9.825; Madeline Gardiner 9.825; Chelsea Tang 9.825; Brittany Harris 9.775; Cerise Witherby 9.675 (Exhibition – Erika Aufiero 9.750).

Floor Exercise (49.050): 1. Kelsi Blalock (OSU) 9.875; 2. Milan Ivory (ISU) 9.825; T3. Cerise Witherby (OSU), Chelsea Tang (OSU), Madeline Gardiner (OSU), Henrietta Green (ISU) 9.800. Other OSU Scores: Nicole Turner 9.775; Kaytianna McMillan 9.500.