Slips, trips and falls happen every now and then in gymnastics.
Usually there's one fall on an event, which is something most teams can overcome.
When more than one gymnasts slips up on an event, it's going to affect the score.
Last week, the Oregon State gymnastics team had more than its share of mishaps in a 194.525-189.425 win at Seattle University.
The Beavers, who had a chance to rack up a big road score to help their regional qualifying score, instead had to count falls on bars and beam. It was a particularly rough outing considering it was coming off a big win at Auburn.
"Building off of Auburn was huge going into last weekend, it was a great win and we put up some really great routines," OSU senior Taylor Ricci said. "This past weekend got the win but it definitely wasn't what our team is capable of, what our potential can be. So going into this weekend it's really just fixing those little mistakes that we had."
OSU coach Tanya Chaplin said the issues can be fixed and the panic button has not been pushed.
"This can happen at any time. It doesn't matter where we are or when we are competing," Chaplin said. "How do we deal with this? Let's move forward. What can we learn from this? That's the approach that we came into it.
"It tells us to go back and review some of that stuff and do it again and make sure they're doing it between turns and that type of thing."
There are even some positives to be taken from the performance.
Ricci said it can help the gymnasts hone in on what it takes to compete at a high level.
"Sometimes it's great to have these little slips early on in the season because it focuses us to look at our team and be like, 'OK, what do we need to fix going into season?' so that we can building and keep going in the right direction finishing out the season," she said.
The Beavers had a solid week of practice in preparation for Saturday's meet with Seattle Pacific and Northern Illinois at Gill Coliseum.
The coaches make sure the gymnasts are hit with challenges in practice to keep them sharp.
"They have challenges in practice and they understand now why it's crucial in practice to really accept those challenges and figure out how to make things work even when you're challenged that day because we all know that you're not going to be feeling perfectly on every single day of your life. That just doesn't work," Chaplin said. "So the challenges are kind of a blessing in practice. How do I work through that? How do I flip it? The more challenged you are in practice, the stronger you're going to be in competition."
For Saturday's meet the Beavers want to focus on performing their routines at a high level.
Obviously, major mistakes must be avoided.
"Our focus is to really start executing the routines that we have, not just making them, but the finer points of no landing deductions, the right body positions in the air so there's no deductions," Chaplin said. "Minimizing those deductions so that we're able to score at a place where we want to score and where we know we can score, but we have to put those routines out every single time.
"Maybe adding some additional difficulty and executing the routines that we have to a place where it's going to be a solid 9.800 and above routine, is what we want to try to get to."