The Arizona Wildcats fell on their home turf to Oregon State, scoring a 195.475 to the Beavers’ 196.350. Both teams had a few wobbles, but overall put up strong performances. Maddi Leydin of Arizona won the all-around with a 39.075. The Beavers swept the event titles however, winning the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise with 9.900s and vault with a 9.875.

Arizona started off well on the vault, scoring a total of 48.725. The team hit all six vaults, but didn’t have the crisp execution needed to score into the 9.800s. Leydin debuted a Yurchenko one-and-a-half to score a 9.850, placing fourth on the event and posting the Wildcats’ highest vault score. On the uneven bars, Oregon State hit five routines and fought through rhythm issues to score a total of 48.875. Though some releases were caught with bent arms, these issues should be cleaned up through the season. Mariana Colussi-Pelaez placed third on the event with a 9.800, and Sabrina Gill performed her first bar routine after recovering from injury to score a 9.900, winning the event and anchoring the Beavers’ lineup.

Moving to the vault, the Beavers scored a 49.175, where McKenna Singley, Madi Dagen, and Katelyn Yanish tied for first with scores of 9.875. A slight lack of amplitude and a fall from Savanna Force limited the Beavers’ scoring potential, though they were still able to count four scores above a 9.850. On the uneven bars, Arizona performed cleanly to score a 48.950, highlighted by Christina Berg’s 9.900, tying for first on the event. Danielle Spencer-Bearham also performed a beautiful routine with a double layout dismount to tie for third with a 9.800.

Lacy Dagen performs on the balance beam for the Oregon State Beavers against the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, Arizona/Oregon State Athletics

On the balance beam, the Wildcats scored a total of 48.800 with six hit routines. Some nerves showed through in today’s performances, as nearly every routine had a bit of a wobble and some loose form. Despite this, the team performed well, counting four scores over a 9.700. Haylie Hendrickson posted the highest beam score for the Wildcats with a 9.825, placing fourth. On the floor exercise, the Beavers had their best rotation of the night, posting a total of 49.275. Isis Lowery and Kaitlyn Yanish tied for first on the event, with both scoring 9.900. They were followed by teammate Force, who scored a 9.850 to place third. As the number five floor team, Oregon State showed us what they are capable of when everyone is on their game.

Ending on the balance beam, the Beavers counted four scores of at least a 9.800 for a total of 49.025. Madi Dagen’s clean routine with a stuck dismount earned her a 9.900 and the balance beam event title. Her sister Lacy Dagen tied with teammate Gill, both scoring a 9.850 to tie for second. The Wildcats posted their highest rotation total of the night on the floor exercise, scoring a 49.000. Leydin and Berg both scored 9.825s, tying for fourth on floor. Despite some uncontrolled landings, Arizona had a strong showing on floor to finish their home meet with a solid rotation.

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