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OSU freshman's final routine floors No. 12 Stanford



COURTESY: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - McKenna Singley, a freshman, posted a career-best score in the final floor exercise routine Monday night to push No. 20 Oregon State to a home win over No. 12 Stanford at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.The 20th-ranked Oregon State women’s gymnastics team won in dramatic fashion at home against No. 12 Stanford on Monday night.

The Beavers pulled ahead of the Cardinal on the final routine at Gill Coliseum.

Freshman McKenna Singley, from Bountiful, Utah, a replacement for injury in the floor exercise, needed a 9.85 or better to give OSU the upset. Her career best was 9.75.

But, in just her fourth performance in eight meets, she scored 9.90 — the Beavers’ top scorre of the night — to lift Oregon State to a 196.325-196.250 triumph before a crowd of 2,015.

Singley was called upon after Kaytianna McMillan of OSU completed her beam routine with a sore knee. Singley said she “had no idea” the dual meet was tied when she did her routine.

“On floor, you just get the adrenaline pumping and just have a lot of fun,” she said. “I just knew my team had gone out and done their job and I needed to do mine.”SINGLEY

OSU coach Tanya Chaplin said Singley had been asking for another opportunity to compete.

“Kenna, even today, was letting me know, ‘I’m ready for floor, I’m ready for floor,’”Chaplin said. “It wasn’t an easy [decision] but you never know what they are going to do.

“She was in that ‘give me and opportunity and I’m ready for it’ mode. She just wanted to compete. Putting her in that role really let her show me what she has, and she did a great job.”

Outscoring Stanford 49.40=49.10 in the final rotation, Oregon State was able to end Stanford’s three-match winning streak in the series.

McMillan’s career-high 9.95 on bars earned a share of first place in that event with all-around winner Elizabeth Price of Stanford.

Price’s 39.550 beat runner-up Madeline Gardiner of OSU, who scored 39.425.