OSU Gymnastics Spotlight

OSU Gymnastics Spotlight

Alex Luther

This past weekend, Oregon State Women’s Gymnastics hosted their first meet of the season with both Seattle Pacific and Northern Illinois. After a couple of rocky first meets, the team pulled out a win against the two non-conference schools, securing a positive starting point for conference meets, which begin this upcoming weekend.

The team kicked off the year with an exhibition meet in mid-November to prep for the season, which began January 6th at Auburn, followed by a meet the weekend after at Seattle Pacific on January 13th. With a strong beginning victory at Auburn followed by a tough loss at Seattle Pacific, this last weekend was a make or break meet for the OSU Lady Gymnasts to rise to the occasion. A home meet with strong determination produced the desired win for the team, hopefully fueling the team to achieve the win for the upcoming home meet this Saturday, January 28th, versus UCLA at 1:30 pm.

The team pulled off the overall win with a total of 196.900 points, followed by Northern Illinois at 192.850 and Seattle Pacific 189.700. A total of nine personal records were set by the Oregon State Gymnasts, including the following: Kaytianna McMillan with a first in vault, Sabrina Gill with a tie at third in vault, Erika Aufiero with a tie at first in uneven parallel bars, Mariana Colussi-Pelaez with at tie at fourth in uneven parallel bars, Dani Dessaints with a first in balance beam, Sabrina Gill with a fourth in balance beam, Kaytianna McMillan with a first in floor exercise, Megan Jimenez with a third in floor exercise, and Isis Lowery with a tie at fourth in floor exercise.

Oregon State secured a first place slot in three events, with Kaytianna McMillan in vault and floor exercise, and Dani Dessaints in balance beam. Erika Aufiero and Kaytianna McMillan tied with a Northern Illinois gymnast for first in the uneven parallel bars. Oregon State Gymnasts dominated the top placings for the majority of the events, ultimately securing the win for the team. Six gymnasts may represent each school for each event. Five of the six top-scoring gymnasts for vault, five of the top seven scoring gymnasts for uneven parallel bars, all six of the top six scoring gymnasts for balance beam, and the top three scoring gymnasts for floor exercise were all Oregon State University Gymnasts.

This upcoming weekend the OSU Beavers’ Gymnastics team will meet the UCLA Bruins’ gymnasts on our home turf. The Bruins are coming off of a loss by 1.2 points to the Oklahoma Sooners. Facing against a team already coping with a previous and recent loss in an away meet, paired with a home win by 4.05 and over 2,000 fans, puts our girls in a solid position for their next meet. With only 0.075 points separating the Oregon State winning score and the UCLA losing score, the meet should prove to be both an exciting and competitive match. The two will face off Saturday at 1:30 pm in Gill Coliseum. Make sure to come support the OSU Lady Gymnasts in their battle to break down the UCLA Bruins! Go Beavs!







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