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The Oregon State gymnastics team faces a big challenge on Saturday when UCLA comes to Gill Coliseum.

Not only will the No. 17 Beavers be taking on a perennial power in the No. 8 Bruins, but they will be facing two Olympic gold medalists as well.

UCLA freshmen Madison Kocian (Rio 2016) and Kyla Ross (London 2012) became the first two Olympic gold medalists to ever compete in an NCAA women's gymnastics meet when they took part in the Bruins' season-opening win over Arkansas.

Kocian is an all-arounder who scored a 9.875 on bars and floor, a 9.850 on beam and 9.825 on vault against Arkansas. Ross scored a 9.875 on vault and bars and a 9.700 on beam.

At Oklahoma for UCLA's second meet, Kocian scored a 9.875 on vault, then fell on bars and was hit with an 8.900, but she came right back with a 9.925 on beam and a 9.900 on floor.

Ross added a 9.850 on vault, a 9.925 on bars and a 9.825 on beam.

The Bruins fell to Oklahoma but scored a season-best 196.825. They are coming off a bye week.

Meanwhile, the Beavers were coming off a disappointing performance at Seattle Pacific, where they scored a relatively low 194.525 and counted a pair of falls.

The Beavers were able to rebound from that effort at home last weekend against Seattle Pacific and Northern Illinois, scoring a 196.900 en route to winning the three-team meet.

Kaytianna McMillan won her third straight all-around competition with a career-best 39.575 and snatched at least a share of event titles on vault (9.900), bars (9.900) and floor (9.925).

Dani Dessaints scored 9.900 on the beam win her second straight beam title and Erika Aufiero added a 9.900 on the bars to grab a share of that event win.

The meet marked the first time this season the Beavers have hit the 49-point plateau on all four events and the score of 196.900 is the highest score through three meets in OSU history.


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