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OSU freshman gymnast Kaitlyn Yanish stepped out for the floor routine to round out the Beavers' meet against Stanford.

Yanish's first pass was a double layout, the second a front handspring, front full, front layout and her final was a double tuck. Yanish executed each pass without a hitch and hit all three landings. 

The Gill Coliseum crowd was cheering and anticipated a big score. It was. Yanish was given a 9.950.

The score capped a 49.475 team score on floor and gave the eighteenth-ranked Beavers a 196.975-195.550 win over No. 23 Stanford on Saturday afternoon before 4,064 fans.

"I definitely could hear the crowd and my team behind me, everyone being super-excited," Yanish said. "But I think it's really important to just do what you know how to do, don't try to throw crazy skills that you don't practice every day. I think doing what you do in the gym in competition is most important and that's what I did."

Yanish said she's has been working on those passes for a couple of years and has been improving steadily.

"She does what she does in practice. That's literally what she does every day," teammate Mary Jacobsen said of Yanish. "She sticks every pass, every routine. When she went, we were having a great time and we can always count on her."

OSU coach Tanya Chaplin said Yanish was so strong on floor during her Junior Olympic years that it made sense to insert her as OSU's anchor on the event.

"She has just done incredibly well on floor exercise her whole career up to this point and she's so steady. Nothing seems to rattle her. She competes the same way that she trains, we've been able to see that," Chaplin said. "And with the difficulty that she has, it's hard to go up after someone like that because she's clean and she has difficulty. When you have a combination of both of those, you want that to be the exclamation point to the floor lineup and she's doing a great job handling that as a freshman."

Freshman Niya Mack got the Beavers going on the event with a 9.850. Savanna Force and Jacobsen followed up with 9.900s. Isis Lowery scored a 9.875 before Yanish took the stage.

The floor score was the second 9.900 of the day for Jacobsen, who hit the score on her bars routine to help the Beavers to a 49.225 on the event.

"It is pretty exciting because I've never done that before," Jacobsen said of her two 9.900s. "It was honestly just a really fun meet and our team just is really relaxed and it helps everyone to do well."

Her score was set up by the first three gymnasts in the rotation, Shireen Khamedoost, Mariana Colussi-Pelaez and McKenna Singley, all with 9.850s.

"It's really important. When the first three people stick, it really sets up the rest of the lineup for some good scores," Jacobsen said. "It really puts a good impression on the judges."

With Singley sick during the week, the Beavers had to switch around a few lineups.

Maela Lazaro was competing in her first meet and first event as a Beaver in the official lineup on beam.

She rolled through her routine, stuck the landing and was awarded a 9.900.

"In the gym I've been hitting my routines and I've just got to focus on my technique there and bring that to Gill," Lazaro said. "It wasn't that surprising, I know I can do it, that's why."

Lazaro went through her mental choreography and then focused on breathing for the routine.

"I just stay in the moment," she said. "Honestly, breathing is the most important thing that I think about as I'm up there. I just take things one at a time."

It was the first home meet of the season for the Beavers and they enjoyed competing in front of the Gill crowd.

Although the Beavers did not quite hit a 197, it was a strong score and comes early in the season.

It was also a good sign from a relatively young team.

"Each week we want to continue to build," Chaplin said. "I was very impressed with this group last week at Utah. They very young, very inexperienced and they really handled that crowd and just the pressure that can come from competing at Utah extremely well.

"And so now it was going to be a different look, being at home, being in front of a lot of people you know, are they going to be able to handle that pressure? Because sometimes that can put a different type of pressure on them. So that's what's unique about this team, they are really staying true to the focal points that we've put out."


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