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.
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.