CORVALLIS, Ore. –
Oregon State head coach Tanya Chaplin
announced Tuesday in the 2017 gymnastics schedule in conjunction with the Pac-12 Network.
The program's winningest coach returns for her 20th season with a plethora of talent with 12 letterwinners back from 2016 including 21 out of 24 routines. Six seniors, including three All-Americans, are expected to lead the Beavers back to NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.
All-arounders Madeline Gardiner
, a three-time All-American, and Kaytianna McMillan
, an All-American in 2016, will provide stability and strong scores to the Beavers' lineups. Erika Aufiero
, a 2015 All-American, returns for her fifth year after missing the entire 2016 season due to an injury suffered just a week before the season began. In addition, veteran stalwarts Silvia Colussi-Pelaez
, Megan Jimenez
and Taylor Ricci
will be back bringing experience and leadership to go with talent.
Aufiero's recovery coupled with the return of junior Dani Dessaints
, who also suffered an early season-ending injury, will be a boon to the lineups with both capable of anchoring a lineup.
Other gymnasts returning to the fold are junior Shireen Khamedoost
and sophomores Mariana Colussi-Pelaez
, Mary Jacobsen
, McKenna Singley
and Elizabeth Yu
. That quintet combined to make up nearly half of the routines the Beavers performed in 2016.
Joining the program for 2017 are 10 freshmen, Halli Briscoe, Kaitlin Campbell, Destinee Davis, Sabrina Gill, Lena Greene, Jaime Law, Maela Lazaro, Isis Lowery, Bri McCant and Alyssa Minyard.
OSU's schedule features seven meets against teams that finished the 2016 season ranked among the top 25 in the nation.
The Beavers venture to Auburn to open the season Friday, Jan. 6 and return to the road with a trip to Seattle Pacific the following week for a Friday meet on Jan. 13.
Oregon State's opens its five-meet home schedule Saturday, Jan. 21 when they host Northern Illinois and Seattle Pacific in a tri-meet at Gill Coliseum. The Coliseum will feature several new enhancements in time for gymnastics season including a state-of-the-art sound system and new seating in the lower bowl.
Pac-12 competition begins the following week with Oregon State hosting UCLA, Saturday, Jan. 28. The Beavers will also welcome Utah to Corvallis Saturday, Feb. 11 for the 12th annual DAM Cancer meet.
The Beavers host Pacific Northwest rival Washington to Gill Coliseum March 5 in the Beavers' only home Sunday meet of the season and conclude the home schedule for Senior Night/Alumni Night Saturday, March 11 when Illinois-Chicago make the trip to Corvallis.
OSU will also make three television appearances on the road in 2017 during trips to Arizona (Feb. 4), California (Feb. 18) and Stanford (Feb. 24).
The regular season concludes with the Pac-12 Championships held at Stanford's Maples Pavilion Saturday, March 18. Both sessions will be televised on Pac-12 Network.
Seat deposits for new season tickets (2017) are available now by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Current season ticket holders will receive their renewals later this fall.
Fans have their first opportunity to check out this year's squad for the annual Orange and Black Exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Gill Coliseum. Admission is free.
COMPLETE OREGON STATE GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE
Jan. 6 @ Auburn
Jan. 13 @ Seattle Pacific
Jan. 21 Northern Illinois & Seattle Pacific
Jan. 28 UCLA (Pac-12 Network)
Feb. 4 @ Arizona (Pac-12 Network)
Feb. 11 Utah (Pac-12 Network)
Feb. 18 @ California (Pac-12 Network)
Feb. 24 @ Stanford (Pac-12 Network)
Mar. 5 Washington (Pac-12 Network)
Mar. 11 Illinois-Chicago
Mar. 18 @ Pac-12 Championships (Pac-12 Network)