SAN FRANCISCO — Five Oregon State gymnasts were honored on the 2017 Pac-12 all-conference team.
Erika Aufiero, Dani Dessaints, Erika Aufiero and Dani Dessaints earned first-team honors and Mary Jacobsen received second team accolades.
The first team consists of the top four all-around competitors, plus the top four competitors in each individual event, including ties, as determined by regional qualifying scores (RQS) after the Pac-12 Championships.
The second team consists of the fifth through eighth place all-around competitors, plus the fifth through eighth place competitors in each individual event, including ties.
McMillan, who was recently named the Pac-12 gymnast of the year, earned first-team in the all-around for the first time in her career. In addition, McMillan, a senior from Coburg, garnered first-team honors on the floor exercise, also a first, and was second team on the vault.
McMillan concluded the regular season No. 9 in the all-around. She has been an all-conference selection on uneven bars (2016) and balance beam (2015).
Gardiner, a senior, earned was first team on the balance beam and second team in the all-around. Gardiner performed in the all-around in eight meets and hit all 40 of her routines. She has won seven event titles on the beam and was named the Pac-12 scholar-athlete of the year. Gardiner has previously been named first team in the all-around (2015 and 16) and was second team on the beam in 2014.
Aufiero, a senior, is a first-team selection on the uneven bars. She has bounced back from injury that cost her the 2016 season to perform at an all-conference level. Aufiero has previously earned all-conference accolades on vault and bars. Last weekend, Aufiero scored a 9.950 on bars to earn the conference title.
Dessaints, a junior, received the first all-conference award of her career, earning first team on the vault. Dessaints tied her career-best with a 9.950 on the vault last week to tie for the event title.
Jacobsen, a sophomore, was named to the second team on the vault. She has hi’ 29 out of 30 routines in 2017 and tallied a career-best 9.90 last week.
The Beavers travel to the NCAA Champaign Regional hosted by Illinois on April 1 at 2 p.m.