Oregon State (17-9) ended the 2014 ranked No. 13 in the nation after finishing third at the NCAA University Park Regionals. However, three OSU gymnasts - Madeline Gardiner, Kaytianna McMillan and Chelsea Tang - qualified as individuals to compete at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Gardiner and Tang reached the championships as individual all-arounders while McMillan qualified as an individual event qualifier on the balance beam. Gardiner earned All-America First Team honors on the beam and in the all-around and finished tied for third on beam in the Individual Event Finals.
RETURNING FOR 2015
The Beavers return 12 contributors in 2015 including 19 out of 24 routines. Here are some quick hitters about next season’s returning lineup:
- OSU’s coaches need to replace just five routines from the lineup that finished the season - two on bars and one each on vault, beam and floor.
- Among the returners are Chelsea Tang and Madeline Gardiner, both of which qualified as individuals to nationals in the all-around - they will be expected to once again fill four routines apiece.
- After dealing with a string of fluke injuries this season, Kaytianna McMillan is a strong candidate to join Tang and Gardiner in the all-around in 2015.
- Three walk-ons - Taylor Keeker (vault & bars), Katelyn Ohlrich (beam) and Kailie Ponto (floor) - return in 2015 having provided four routines to the lineup on a regular basis. The trio combined to “hit” all 34 routines they performed this season.
- A pair of gymnasts - sophomore Erika Aufiero and junior Cerise Witherby - enjoyed breakout seasons in 2014 and will return with more experience and potentially more impact on more events in 2015. Aufiero performed on vault and bars this year and cracked the lineup on beam twice while Witherby did a fantastic job on beam and floor as well as setting a personal-best on vault. Both finished the season doing the best gymnastics of their careers at OSU.
- Sophomore Nicole Turner (floor) as well as freshmen Megan Jimenez (vault) and Taylor Ricci will be needed to become bigger factors on depth chart.
- Sophomore Jaime Wright could be cleared to return to practice when the team reports in the fall after suffering a season-ending knee injury in early March.
OREGON STATE QUICK HITTERS
Here are some quick hitters about the 2014 Oregon State gymnastics team:
- Oregon State finished the season ranked No. 13 See page 3 for the preseason top 25 and complete rankings.
- All four of OSU’s lineups were ranked among the top 25 in the nation in the season’s final rankings. Vault finished ranked No. 20 (49.140 RQS); uneven bars were ranked No. 11 (49.260); balance beam was ranked at No. 8 (49.195) and floor exercise tied at No. 19 (49.180).
- Oregon State’s routines were split fairly evenly throughout the squad with the juniors accounting for the most with 38% (103 out of 274) of the routines performed this year. The seniors provided 24% (67 of 274), the freshmen 24% (66 of 274) and the sophomores 14% (38 of 274). In comparision, in 2013, the senior class accounted for 53% (151 of 287) of the production while the sophomores provided 23% (65 of 287), the juniors accounted for 18% (53 of 287) and freshmen 6% (18 of 287).
- Oregon State ‘hit’ 96% (264 of 274) of its routines through 11 meets. In comparision, the Beavers ‘hit’ 92% (265 of 287) in 2013.
- OSU counted only one fall in 2014. The Beavers suffered a pair of falls on the floor exercise in a win at Washington (Mar. 14).
- The Beavers’ loss to Nebraska, March 1, marked the first regular season loss in Gill Coliseum for OSU since Jan. 28, 2011. During that span of 15 meets OSU defeated 28 teams and tied one (UCLA - 2012).
- Oregon State finished the season on the road with four straight meets to end the regular season. The Beavs finish at Arizona (Mar. 9), at Washington with Seattle Pacific (Mar. 14), at California for the Pac-12 Championships (Mar. 22) and at the NCAA University Park Regional Championships (Apr. 5) at Penn State.
- The Beavers were snowed out twice in 2014! The Pac-12 dual meet against California, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 was ‘snowed out’ when a winter storm closed the Oregon State campus on Thursday and Friday. It was the second time this season the Beavers were snowed out. The annual Orange & Black Exhibition, originally slated for Dec. 6, was postponed to Jan. 3 due another snow storm.
- Fourteen of OSU’s 2014 opponents were ranked in the preseason top 25: No. 1 Florida, No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 Utah, No. 9 Stanford, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 15 Penn State, No. 17 Arizona, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 20 Washington, No. 21 Kentucky, No. 22 California, No. 23 Boise State, No. 24 Maryland and No. 25 Arizona State.
- Chelsea Tang earned Gymnast of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 13-19. It is her first such award and was awarded after Tang scored 39.275 in the all-around and earning individual titles on bars and all-around at UCLA.
- Madeline Gardiner was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for the week of Feb. 10-16 after she posted career-bests of 9.95 on floor and 9.875 on beam t win the first event titles of her career at OSU’s Comfort Suites Invitational.
- Gardiner earned Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week for the week of mar. 3-9 after she won the beam title (9.925) and scored 39.400 in the first all-around performance of her career at Arizona.
- Tang and Gardiner were also named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team. Tang was a first team selection in the all-around while Gardiner earned second team honors on the balance beam.
Six Oregon State gymnasts were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic teams Monday. Taylor Keeker and Katelyn Ohlrich each earned second team honors for the second straight year. Erika Aufiero, Chelsea Tang, Nicole Turner and Cerise Witherby each received honorable mention. It is the second time Tang and Witherby have received mention.
TWO FOR 2015
In November, two high school seniors signed the National Letters of Intent to join the Oregon State gymnastics program for the 2014-15 academic year. Danielle Dessaints (Henderson, Nev.) and Shireen Khamedoost (Bountiful, Utah) are scheduled to enroll at OSU this coming summer ... “I’m extremely excited to welcome two outstanding young women to the Oregon State Gymnastics family. I am confident that both will make an immediate impace on our lineup next season,” Tanya Chaplin said.
TANYA CHAPLIN QUICK HITTERS
- Chaplin set the Oregon State record for wins in the Beavers’ home opener with a 196.425-194.850 victory over Iowa State. It was the 318th triumph of Chaplin’s career pushing her into sole possession of first on Oregon State’s all-time list moving past Jim Turpin (1986-97). She also holds the school record with 267 regular season wins and currently has 332 overall.
- Chaplin has led the Beavers to conference titles twice in the last four seasons, winning the 2011 Pac-10 title and the 2013 Pac-12 Championships.
- The Beavers won the 2008 and 2011 NCAA Regional Championships under Chaplin’s direction.
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