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What could have been a rough Monday night at Gill Coliseum for the Oregon State gymnastics team turned out just fine for the Beavers.

The No. 11 Beavers had three falls on three events, but each time they were able to pull out of a possible disaster and come away with solid scores.

The biggest moment came on floor. Niya Mack threw herself into her first run with a little too much aggression and crashed at the end.

No matter. The Beavers went on to score a 49.575 on the event, with four gymnasts coming away with career highs to close out a 196.975-196.375 win over No. 21 BYU.

"This team has been incredible where we have each other's back," McKenna Singley said. "There were a few mistakes and I'd say it's honestly probably good to have them now first off to get them out of the way or we know under pressure what we can do. This team is incredible that way.

"I think this team showed a lot of fight and we're ready to rise up the occasion."

Mary Jacobsen wasted little time in getting the Beavers back on track with a 9.875, then the Beavers began to build on the scores. Sabrina Gill hit for a career-best 9.900, then Singley and Isis Lowery both scored career-best 9.925s.

That set up Kaitlyn Yanish, who was up to the challenge and had her top career score of 9.950, nearly pushing the Beavers to the 197 mark.

"Each person has their individual job," Singley said. "Everyone that went before me, Niya had a mistake and that's completely OK. They did amazing, they did what they needed to and they really set me up ready to go, and following what I did, Isis and Kaitlyn did incredible, too. And it just shows the confident and fight in this team."

Singley also finished with a career-best 39.400 in the all-around.

Jacobsen had a 9.825 and Destinee Davis and Lena Greene wound up the vault rotation with back-to-back 9.850s for an event score of 49.050.

Halli Briscoe was taking the competition floor for the first official time on Monday.

Not only was Briscoe making her debut for the Beavers, but she was anchoring bars for the team.

And when the usually consistent Jacobsen fell on the event on the Beavers' next-to-last routine, it fell to Briscoe to help hold up what seemed to be a potential strong score on the event, thanks to 9.875s by Marianna Colussi-Pelaez, Singley and Alyssa Minyard.

Briscoe came through with a 9.875 and the Beavers scored a 49.300.

"We definitely practice lineups and everything, so it's not uncommon that you have to block out something that happens before you," Briscoe said. "But mainly for me, I just went up to do my job and I did it for (Jacobsen), so it really helps me to do it for someone else, so she was my person for that routine."

Briscoe has had to fight through three major knee surgeries to get into the lineup.

"So to get out there finally for the first time in three or four years, I haven't competed in a while so that was just an amazing experience," she said. "But it was more amazing just to be able to do it with this team and for this team. They've had my back through all the injury and all the struggles and they've believed in me at times that I didn't believe in myself, so that just feels great to do it for them."

Once Briscoe was able to go out and exhibition this season, the routine was no problem.

She just had to be careful about the landings.

"I'm very confident in that actual routine. I've been doing it for a while," Briscoe said. "The dismount was kind of what we were waiting on, just with my knees."

The Beavers also overcame a fall on beam. Singley and Maela Lazaro scored 9.850s and Davis anchored with a 9.875 to send the team to the floor in solid shape.


Sports Reporter

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