OSU gymnastics: Yanish honored by Pac-12
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OSU gymnastics: Yanish honored by Pac-12

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Oregon State gymnast Kaitlyn Yanish was named the Pac-12 specialist of the week for March 4-10 on Tuesday.

Yanish, a sophomore studying digital communication arts, registered a career-best 9.925 on the vault to win the event at LSU on Friday. She added a 9.950 on the floor exercise to tie for third on the event.

In 2019, the Chandler, Arizona, native has established career highs on every event. She registered career-best scores of 9.975 on floor, 9.800 on beam, 9.750 on bars and 39.250 in the all-around earlier this year against UCLA.

This is Yanish’s second career specialist of the week honor and the second of the season. Overall it is OSU’s 18th specialist award. Last season, Yanish was also honored as the Pac-12 freshman of the week in early March.

UCLA’s Kyla Ross and California’s Milan Clausi received Pac-12 gymnast of the week and Pac-12 freshman of the week, respectively.

The Beavers, who remain ranked No. 15 this week, host a quad meet this Friday when Iowa, North Carolina and Seattle Pacific visit Gill Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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The Oregon State gymnastics team took a step forward on Saturday, but there’s plenty of room for the Beavers to get better.

OSU finished with a 195.325 to win a three-team meet against Seattle Pacific (189.525) and Centenary 182.625.

The Beavers improved from last week’s score of 194.450 at the Critique Classic in Kissimmee, Florida, but continued to deal with a few rough patches.

“I feel like this was a whole new vibe,” Kaitlyn Yanish said. “Last weekend, it was a good start for us, it was a little weird here and there but I feel just being back in Gill it brings back the magic and all the spice and I feel like we feel so comfortable and at home here. It was just completely different from last weekend.”

The Beavers got strong performances from a few of their experienced gymnasts, but coach Tanya Chaplin said some of the younger athletes are still finding their way.

“We have a lot of newbies competing and they’re trying so hard that they’re creating mistakes,” Chaplin said. “So they’re trying to stick those landings and then that actually creates them to tighten up and take a step forward instead of just relax into the landing. So the heart is in the right place. They’re pushing as hard as they can and that’s good to see. Now with each week that confidence will continue to grow.

“So it’s kind of finding out who are those first couple of people in each lineup. We have a few that we’re playing with in different spots to try and figure who is it that’s going to be those go-to people at the end of season, so you’ll probably see some shuffling on a few events here and there still.”

The Beavers had a solid start on vault. Madi Dagen scored a 9.800, Lacy Dagen a 9.825 and Yanish wound up with a 9.850 to win the event. The Beavers finished with a 48.850 on the event.

Bars became a significant struggle. The Beavers had a fall and were forced to count a 9.375 by Isis Lowery and a 9.600 by Sabrina Gill, who suffered an injury during her routine and was forced out of the beam rotation.

Colette Yamaoka had a 9.725, Alyssa Minyard scored a 9.775 and Halli Briscoe came through with a 9.850 for first and the Beavers finished with a 48.325.

“We obviously started off a little slower than we would have liked but we came back and after bars we kind of reset and we were like, let’s not live in the past, let’s just focus on what we have next,” Lowery said. “I think we did a great job of flipping it and just going into beam and floor and being aggressive and just attacking our routines.”

The Beavers were able to overcome Gill’s absence on beam as Madi Dagen scored a 9.825 and Lowery hit a 9.875 before Maela Lazaro anchored with a 9.850.

“There were a few wobbles here and there but overall they fought and the majority of the beam routine was really solid,” Chaplin said

A strong finish to the meet came on floor. Kristina Peterson had a 9.750, Savanna Force came through with a 9.850 and Lowery and Yanish capped off the scoring with 9.925s.

“Isis has been really, really consistent and it just was off (on bars),” Chaplin said. “But she came back on the next two events and did a phenomenal job with a 9.875 and a 9.925.”

Lowery said the Beavers don’t get caught up in worrying about scores during a meet.

“I think we do a really good job of not letting the scores affect us,” she said. “We can’t control that. We’re not doing a routine and then sitting up on the table and judging ourselves. So we just try to focus on what we can control and that’s our gymnastics. Regardless of what the scores come up as, we can’t change that. We’ve just got to go out there and do our best not to give them anything to take.”

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