Gymnasts stay tough

Mark Pawlak

The ISU women’s gymnastics team put together two of their best performances of the year last weekend on the road.

Iowa State faced four ranked teams on their road trip and came home with a 1-3 record, but thought that they fared well in their first back-to-back meets of the year.

“I think we did well, especially since we were competing in back-to-back meets,” junior Courtney Sarrett said. “I think everyone handled the pressure of having to travel and compete two times in a row very well.”

The 11th-ranked Cyclones were narrowly defeated Sunday by host Oklahoma 197.000 to 196.875.

Iowa State was not able to win the meet against the seventh-ranked Sooners, but notched many personal bests.

Senior Sissy Huey won the all-around competition with a career-high score of 39.550.

She also took first place on the balance beam, the floor exercise and the uneven bars.

“Without a doubt, she was on her game from the moment she stepped in,” ISU head coach K.J. Kindler said.

Shelly Kringen tied for second in the all-around with a season-high performance of 39.525.

Iowa State had easily its best showing of the year on the balance beam and vault, Kindler said.

“Our performance on the beam and vault were impeccable,” she said.

On Friday, the Cyclones took part in a quadrangular meet hosted by the University of Florida. Iowa State finished third, with a score of 194.975.

No. 1 Georgia took first place (196.300) and No. 13 Florida was second (196.100). No. 17 Maryland claimed fourth (192.925).

Kringen finished in a tie for fifth on the vault, scoring a 9.8, which ended her season-long winning streak in the event.

In the all-around, Kringen placed sixth and Huey followed in seventh place.

Overall, Kindler was happy with her team’s effort.

“It was two of the best meets of the year, honestly,” Kindler said. “I’m really happy with their performance.”

Now at 1-2 in the Big 12 and 7-5 overall, Iowa State completes its home season Friday against Iowa at 7 p.m.

“I definitely think that we are all confident going against Iowa, especially since we have beat them many times in the past,” Sarrett said. “Our focus will be to try to get a good team score.”