Oregon State Gymnastics recently finished their 2018-19 season on a high. After placing third in the Pac-12 and at the semi-finals of NCAA Championship, the team placed sixth nationally and had four gymnasts awarded the Second Team All-American title.
According to senior all-around performer May Jacobsen, the support and trust on the team this year is what brought them to the next level. Jacobsen added that when each person on the team feels supported, it makes it easier to stay relaxed while performing.
“I think the trust is what clicked this year; trusting in each other, trusting in the coaches and trusting yourself,” Jacobsen said. “It allowed us to do even better.”
Maela Lazaro, a junior bars and beam performer, said though the team didn’t perform their best at every meet, they peaked in their postseason and their rankings began
to shoot up.
According to Jacobsen, her favorite part of the year was the postseason because in her opinion the postseason meets were some of the most competitive and her team was ready for it.
“It’s a really cool feeling when you know you’re able to do something but then you actually follow through and perform,” Jacobsen said.
Jacobsen said it was really exciting to finish as high as they did, especially considering it was her senior year. Prior to the format change Jacobsen said she’d always wanted to be apart of a team that placed in the top six, since the last time Beaver Gymnastics placed that high was back in 1996.
“Mostly I was proud of how our team came together. We peaked at the right time,” Jacobsen said.