At Washington’s home meet against Oregon State, the visiting Beavers scored a 196.100, winning by two tenths over the host Huskies, who scored a 195.900.  With both teams dealing with injuries, they did a good job rearranging lineups and performing with limited options. Both teams are showing improvement from week to week and should be teams to watch as top contenders for the Pac 12 Championships.

Starting on vault, the home team Washington scored a 48.850 and competed only five vaults due to freshman Brenna Brooks scratching the event. Geneva Thompson won the event for the Huskies, posting a 9.850 for a stuck Yurchenko full. On the uneven bars, Oregon State scored a 48.800 with six hit routines. Mary Jacobsen scored a 9.850 to tie for second on the event. Close catches on releases and steps on dismounts kept the rest of the lineup’s scores in the 9.700 range, but expect this team to keep improving in the coming weeks.

Moving to vault, the Beavers scored a 48.850 with powerful Yurchenko fulls and clean landings. Jacobsen competed a tsuk full, a vault with a 10.0 start, though piked hips limited her score to a 9.725. Madi Dagen scored a 9.825 for the Beavers, placing second on the event. On the uneven bars, the Huskies showed difficult connections with clean execution to score a total of 48.950. Evanni Roberson scored her first 9.900 of the night, sticking a double layout dismount and winning the event.

Kaitlyn Yanish performs on the floor exercise for the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis, Oregon/Oregon State Sports

Washington fought past an early fall on the balance beam to count five hit routines for a 48.875. Roberson again scored a 9.900, placing second on the event and anchoring a strong beam lineup. Though nerves and wobbles kept the scores lower than expected, the Huskies have six great performers who can put up big scores when they hit. Oregon State took the lead in the third rotation, scoring a 49.175 on the floor exercise. Kaitlyn Yanish scored a 9.900, anchoring the Beavers’ lineup with a powerful but controlled double layout. She tied for first on floor and won the all around with a 39.475.

The Beavers finished well on the balance beam, scoring a 49.275. Maela Lazaro anchored the lineup, scoring a 9.925 for a beautiful routine with a stuck dismount. Four more gymnasts scored a 9.800 or better, showing huge potential for Oregon State as the season progresses. The Huskies ended on floor with a 49.225, highlighted by Roberson’s third 9.900 of the night, which earned her first place on the event. Kristyn Hoffa and Maya Washington tied for third, with both scoring 9.875s. Engaging performances as well as clean tumbling gave the Huskies their highest rotation score of the night and kept them close to Oregon State.

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