BERKELEY, Calif. — The Oregon State gymnastics team hit all 24 routines for the second straight week, and fourth time in five meets, and recorded its second-highest score of the season in a losing effort at California.
The 18th-ranked Golden Bears defeated No. 12 Oregon State 197.075-196.825 Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers’ beam team made a final rotation comeback push, registering a season-best team score of 49.350 that included a near-perfect 9.950 from Madeline Gardiner and a season-best 9.875 from Silvia Colussi-Pelaez. Gardiner won the event title.
Despite shaving .125 off the Bears’ lead in the final stanza, it was too late.
“I’m really proud of the fight we showed tonight,” OSU head coach Tanya Chaplin said. “I saw more sticks than we’ve had recently.
“Silvia (Colussi-Pelaez) had an amazing competition, going in at the last minute on the floor and scoring a 9.875 in her first routine was fantastic. She’s been working on that routine for a long time and she really came through for the team in a tough spot.”
On the floor exercise the Beavers were forced to alter their lineup during warm-ups, removing Megan Jimenez and Sabrina Gill to insert Mary Jacobsen and Colussi-Pelaez into the top half of the lineup. Colussi-Pelaez, in the first floor routine of her OSU career, posted the team’s highest score.
Oregon State led in the early-going, scoring 49.300 in the opening rotation on the uneven bars. Shireen Khamedoost scored a season-best 9.850 in the meet’s lead-off spot and was eventually tied by Jacobsen. Kaytianna McMillan and Erika Aufiero finished off the rotation with scores of 9.90.
Senior All-Americans Gardiner and McMillan tied for the all-around title with scores of 39.425. OSU’s other event winner was Dani Dessaints, who tied for the vault title with a 9.875.
The Beavers are back in the Bay Area next week when they take on Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday.