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The Oregon State gymnastics team has another shot at a big road score on Saturday at Arizona.

The No. 14 Beavers are coming off back-to-back home meets in which they scored a 196.900 and a 196.700.

The scores are indicative of the upside of the team four meets into the season.

Coach Tanya Chaplin said the last two weeks have brought the team together.

"They seem closer, they seem very driven to continue what they've learned at home and bring that on the road," Chaplin said.

Chaplin said the Beavers are showing more energy going into February than some past teams did.

They are handling aches and pains and the demands of school.

"You can sometimes see a little bit of a slump and I haven't seen that at all," Chaplin said.

"They've been very good at leaving outside distractions outside of the gym."

The Beavers lost to UCLA last week but were able to hold steady on each event and come through with the 196.700.

Kaytianna McMillan was second in all-around with a 39.500, finishing .025 behind Olympic gold medalist Madison Kocian.

McMillan won floor with a 9.950 and had a 9.900 on bars.

Madeline Gardiner had a 9.925 on floor and Erika Aufiero had a 9.900 on bars.

The Beavers were without Megan Jimenez on beam and floor.

"I think they did a very good job of focusing in on themselves," Chaplin said. "She wasn't there and I was really proud of them.

"That was a big step. I think that they learned that we will have to replace people."

Jimenez should be ready to go for Arizona and McKenna Singley will most likely be OK for the meet with Utah in Corvallis next week.

The Beavers are now looking to use that momentum to boost their road performance.

They had a 195.575 to start the season at Auburn but fell off with a 194.525 at Seattle Pacific.

Teams are required to count three away scores and three at-large (home or away) scores for the Regional Qualifying Score, so the Beavers will try to land better scores in order to drop lower scores from earlier meets.

"It's very important to get on the road and do the same thing we've been doing here at home," Chaplin said. "We want to make the most out of our opportunities. We never want to give away an opportunity, we want to go out there and score well on the road.

"What we want to do each week is have a top 10 performance."


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