CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 14 Oregon State gymnastics came up short by the smallest of margins in its bid to upset No. 7 Nebraska Saturday on Senior Night, 196.650-196.625. Chelsea Tang led the Beavers in their charge scoring 39.325 in the all-around.
The Beavers (7-3) topped the 49-point plateau on three events including a season-high 49.350 on the uneven bars but it wasn’t quite enough. Nebraska improves its record to 10-1 while Arizona State fell to 7-4.
Oregon State started the meet on the right foot on the vault with Chelsea Tang scoring 9.775, Erika Aufiero posting a 9.80 and Taylor Keeker tying her personal-best of 9.90. But the back half of the lineup was unable to sustain the scoring and the Beavers settled for a vault score of 48.950 and a tie for second place in the opening stanza.
The Beavers’ bars lineup brought it in the second rotation with Madeline Gardiner (9.80), Tang (9.90) and Hannah Casey (9.90) all posting career-high marks. Aufiero added a third 9.90 to tie for the meet-high score and Brittany Harris hit her routine to score 9.85. In all, the Beavers tallied a season-high 49.350 on the event to take the lead over the Huskers 98.300-98.200 midway through the meet.
Clinging to a one-tenth lead, Cerise Witherby’s career-best 9.875 opening salvo on balance beam and the Beavers looked to separate from the competition. However, Nebraska’s vault which scored 49.250 set kept the pressure on the OSU. Brittany Harris tied her season-best of 9.825 and Aufiero tallied a 9.825 in her first career beam appearance. Tang and Madeline Gardiner each posted scores of 9.85 to give the Beavers a beam team score of 49.225.
OSU headed to the floor exercise with a slim lead 147.525-147-450. Witherby led off with a 9.775 and Tang added a score of 9.80 and Kelsi Blalock scored 9.825. Gardiner performed a beautiful routine to score 9.85 and Harris closed out the meet with her best routine of the season bringing the crowd to its feet. But the 9.85 awarded to Harris left the Beavers just short in their upset bid of the No. 7 Huskers.
Oregon State will be on the road the rest of the season which begins next Sunday, Mar. 9 at Arizona at noon PT. The meet will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Team Scores: No. 7 Nebraska 196.650; No. 14 Oregon State 196.625; Arizona State 195.575.
Vault (48.950): 1. Emily Wong (NEB) 9.925; T2. Taylor Keeker (OSU), Hollie Blanske (NEB) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Erika Aufiero 9.800; Chelsea Tang 9.775; Megan Jimenez 9.750; Brittany Harris 9.725; Kelsi Blalock 9.700 (Exhibition – Cerise Witherby 9.600).
Uneven Bars (49.350): T1. Chelsea Tang (OSU), Erika Aufiero (OSU), Hannah Casey (OSU), Emily Wong (NEB) 9.900. Other OSU Scores: Brittany Harris 9.850; Madeline Gardiner 9.800; Taylor Keeker 9.750 (Exhibition – Katelyn Ohlrich 9.075).
Balance Beam (49.225): 1. Emily Wong (NEB) 9.925; 2. Jessie DeZiel (NEB) 9.900; T3. Cerise Witherby (OSU), Risa Perez (ASU), Stephanie Miceli (ASU), Jamie Schleppenbach (NEB) 9.875. Other OSU Scores: Madeline Gardiner 9.850; Chelsea Tang 9.850; Brittany Harris 9.825; Katelyn Ohlrich 9.800 (Exhibition –Kelsi Blalock 9.775).
Floor Exercise (49.100): 1. Emily Wong (NEB) 9.900; T2. Brittany Harris (OSU), Madeline Gardiner (OSU), Natasha Sundby (ASU), Hollie Blanske (NEB) 9.850. Other OSU Scores: Kelsi Blalock 9.825; Chelsea Tang 9.800; Cerise Witherby 9.775; Nicole Turner 9.650 (Exhibition – Jaime Wright 9.700).