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Dani Dessaints was not sure she would be competing on senior day until after breakfast.

Dessaints, one of two Oregon State senior gymnasts, sat out the last three meets to rest.

But Saturday's meet against Michigan State was her final chance to perform in front of the Gill Coliseum fans.

Dessaints got the go-ahead and anchored bars for the Beavers, winding up with a personal record 9.900 on the event.

"It was kind of like, 'oh, we'll see how you warm up, but you're pretty much in.' But it wasn't really like, 'oh, you're for sure in.' It was kind of like, 'you have to earn your spot. You have to warm up good, you have to earn it to be in that spot,' " Dessaints said. "So I couldn't thank (assistant coach) Brian (Amato) enough to give me that chance to compete in that spot and hopefully I made him proud."

The Beavers rolled to a 196.800-191.350 win over the Spartans before 2,954 fans.

Dessaints said getting back out on the competition floor meant a lot to her, especially in her last home meet in Gill.

"For the last time it was indescribable," Dessaints said. "To have fans come out and come and watch us on this last day, especially for me and (fellow senior Shireen Khamedoost), it was just incredible and I couldn't ask for a better experience one last time in Gill."

Dessaints said she does not have a specific physical problem, but she has sustained a few major injuries during her career.

Coach Tanya Chaplin and the staff wanted Dessaints to have a good shot of getting all the way to the end of her senior season, so the idea was to rest her for a few meets and then try to get her in action when possible.

"We were trying to plan it strategically to make sure that I was able to compete, that was why I was taking some time off. But it worked out perfectly and I was super-happy to get back in Gill with my team one last time," Dessaints said.

Dessaints said she feels better after the rest.

"We're still just kind of taking it easy," she said. "I'll probably just be on bars for the rest of the season, but that's OK."

Khamedoost also competed in her last home meet for the Beavers.

She started off the bars team with a 9.850, one of her top scores of the season.

"It was really exciting because I finally stuck my dismount really good," Khamedoost said. "That was the goal. It was really exciting to go out there and do the best routine that I could do."

Khamedoost also closed out the meet with a rare appearance on floor. She exhibitioned the event following Kaitlyn Yanish's performance.

"I haven't done a lot of floor the last few years because of my injuries and stuff and I took a year off of floor and then (in) November I decided that I wanted to start training floor again," she said. "So just being out there and competing a floor routine for the first time in my college career in front of the Gill crowd was such an incredible experience and nothing will ever live up to that."

The Beavers began the meet with a 49.050 on vault. Yanish and Destinee Davis both scored 9.850s to lead OSU.

The Beavers finished bars with a 49.200, as McKenna Singley and Mary Jacobsen had 9.825s to go with the scores by Dessaints and Khamedoost.

Davis led the way on beam, anchoring the event with a 9.900. Sabrina Gill had a 9.850 and Maela Lazaro a 9.875 to set up Davis.

There were no 9.900s on floor, but three Beavers came close as Davis, Singley and Yanish all scored 9.875. Isis Lowery added a 9.850.

Davis wound up winning beam outright and tying for first on floor and vault.

"I did floor this time, so I guess I was pretty hyped about that," Davis said. "Tanya always tells us to go up on the event and expect (a good performance). So if we do what we know how to do and do what we're supposed to and get up and do our job, the scores will come to us."

Davis was happy to help the Beavers send out Khamedoost and Dessaints on a high note.

"I think every time in Gill is just a really special experience because we have Beaver Nation on our side and I feel like we're competing as one big family," Davis said. "But this time we got to do it for two people on our team who are graduating. I think it means that much more to send them off in a positive way and we all kind of agreed before the meet that we would put it all out on the floor for them."


Sports Reporter

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