ISU gymnastics team falls to Oklahoma at Beauty and the Beast

Maddy Arnold

The ISU gymnastics team fell to Oklahoma 197.625 to 194.675 in its bi-annual Beauty and the Beast Event.

The Sooners (11-0, 2-0 Big 12) took the lead after their first rotation, uneven bars, with a score of 49.400. Iowa State (2-4, 0-1 Big 12) never caught up.

“They were awesome as expected,” said ISU gymnastics coach Jay Ronayne. “They’re not number two in the country for any other reason than they are really really good.”

Iowa State got off to a rough start on its first rotation. Freshman Alex Marasco fell into the vaulting table. The Cyclones scored a 48.275 on vault.

Iowa State competed on the uneven bars for its second rotation. The Cyclones scored a 48.950.

On beam, Iowa State’s third rotation, the Cyclones struggled with balance checks. Junior Milan Ivory fell off the beam during her routine. The Cyclones received a 48.825.

In its final rotation, Iowa State scored a 48.625 on floor exercise. 

The Cyclones did not take home any event titles and Oklahoma’s Taylor Spears won the all-around title.

Iowa State received its highest overall team score of the season on Friday.

“It’s a combination of things. The atmosphere is great,” Ronayne said. “But we’ve also been doing it in the gym to help increase their confidence. To get some repetition in.”