CORVALLIS, Ore. –
Four Oregon State gymnasts have been named 2017 Regular Season All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W). Seniors Erika Aufiero
, Madeline Gardiner
and Kaytianna McMillan
were joined by junior Dani Dessaints
receiving recognition from the coaches' association.
Gardiner earned first team honors on the balance beam and becomes a five-time All-American. She concluded the regular season ranked tied for eighth in the nation with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.930. The exercise and sport science major has earned scores of 9.90 or higher six times in 2017 winning seven individual titles on the event. Gardiner was a second team All-American by the NACGC/W on the beam in 2016.
McMillan garnered second team All-America accolades on the floor exercise and in the all-around and is now a three-time All-American. She enters the postseason ranked No. 9 in the all-around with an RQS of 39.505 and is tied for 16th on the floor at 9.920. Majoring in human development and family sciences, McMillan has performed in the all-around in all 11 meets in 2017 establishing a career-best of 39.650, the third-highest score in program history, and has scored 9.90 or better on the floor nine times en route to winning nine event titles on the apparatus.
Dessaints collected the first All-America honor of her career as a second team selection on the vault. The sociology major ranks tied for 16th in the country with an RQS of 9.90. Dessaints recently scored 9.950 on the vault at Pac-12 Championships to tie as co-champion and earned her fifth vault title of the season.
Aufiero earned second team All-America honors on the uneven bars where she ranks tied for 15th with an RQS of 9.905. Aufiero, who is double-majoring in finance and accountancy, has topped the 9.90 mark on the bars six times in 2017 earning seven event titles. Most recently, Aufiero won the Pac-12 title on the bars with a score of 9.950. This award makes Aufiero a two-time All-American after garnering first team honors in 2015.
This is the fifth year the NACGC/W has presented regular season All-America awards. The top eight gymnasts on each event and in the all-around ranked by RQS earn first team honors. The next eight (9-16) on each event and the all-around receive second team honors. OSU's five regular season All-America honors mark the most in school history in a single season and gives the Beavers 10 such honors in its five years of existence.
The Beavers compete at the NCAA Champaign Regional Championships hosted by Illinois, next Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. PT.
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