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Dani Dessaints had a feeling that there was some magic in the air before the Oregon State gymnastics team took the Gill Coliseum competition floor against Arizona State.

Dessaints made a point of telling her teammates in the locker room that something special was brewing for the meet.

It took until the final rotation of the day, when Isis Lowery rolled through her floor routine, sticking the end of her passes as the crowd cheered and her teammates yelled encouragement.

Lowery scored a 9.925 and the No. 13 Beavers closed the meet with a 49.400 on the event and a 196.725-195.050 win over No. 12 Sun Devils before 3,266 fans.

"Her routine was magical and it made Gill go crazy and get on their feet," Dessaints said. "You just had chills through your body after her routine and that's what made it so magical."

Lowery was overjoyed with the result, a career best.

"I was just so happy," she said. "We work so hard on all the events and to finally do a routine that you know you can do to the best of your ability and to just have the whole crowd behind you I think is something that makes Gill so magical."

If landing a top score wasn't enough, Lowery accomplished it with her family in the stands. They've been visiting from Australia.

Her parents, Leesa and Damon, and younger sister Cleo were in attendance.

"I was just so happy that I was able to do that in front of my family who have come out the last two weeks all the way from Australia, so I'm just glad that they got to see me hit a routine and get a career high and just have so much fun with my team," she said.

Mary Jacobsen and Sabrina Gill both scored 9.850s and McKenna Singley scored a 9.875 to set up Lowery.

Kaitlyn Yanish then anchored the event with a 9.900.

It's been an area of strength for the Beavers in the last two meets. OSU scored a 49.475 last week against Stanford with 9.900s from Savanna Force and Jacobsen and a 9.950 by Yanish. Lowery had a 9.875.

Dessaints has not been competing on the event, so she's been getting a close look at her teammates as they compete.

"My impression of floor is that they give it 100 percent every single time," Dessaints said. "They are so confident in their landings, they are so confident in everything they bring and they bring this energy and they just build and build and build to the last routine and I feel like that's what we need to do as a team on every event. I think floor does an amazing job with that."

The floor scores have impacted the team score for two weeks in a row.

Saturday's score follows a 196.975 scored last week against the Cardinal and the Beavers seem to be on the upswing early in the season.

"I think we're on a really good standing right now," Dessaints said. "Each week we keep improving and we keep changing the little details that we want to change. We have three focal points every week and we really try to focus on those focal points when we're competing and it doesn't matter about anything else as long as we're focusing on those because that's what matters and that's what we want to focus on.

"If we keep doing what we know how to do and keep doing what we keep doing in the gym every single day, our season can go until the end. But we as a team have to make sure that we know that we have to keep doing what we know how to do in and out of the gym."

Gill and Jacobsen both scored 9.850s and Destinee Davis had a 9.875 on vault to get the Beavers started with a season-high score on the event of 49.150.

The Beavers were solid all the way through on bars and Alyssa Minyard had a 9.875 to tie for first on the event as they scored a 49.125.

Beam was a bit shaky to start with the first three gymnasts scoring a 9.775, 9.675 and 9.700.

But the Beavers were able to come on strong at the end of the rotation with Gill hitting for a 9.875 and Dessaints anchoring with a 9.900.

"A little shaky on beam, especially with our full turns, which we'll just get back to work on," coach Tanya Chaplin said. "But they didn't let it pull them down, they just kept on moving through, so that was good to see."

Arizona State trailed for the entire meet, but some slip ups on floor and beam proved costly.


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