Gymnastics take down West Virginia for 2nd straight win

Meixi Semple does a routine on the balance beam against Denver in Iowa State’s gymnastics meet Jan 15.

The 17th ranked Cyclones gymnastics team took down West Virginia on the road on Sunday, moving Iowa State to 2-1 on the 2021 season. The final score was Cyclones 196.125, West Virginia 195.175. 

The bars is where the Cyclones excelled, with five players scoring above 9.800.

Iowa State reached a score of 49.200 on the uneven bars. Jade Vella-Wright led the team with 9.875, tying her season high and collecting the event win. Makayla Maxwell scored a 9.850 which ties her career hig. Addy DeJesus, Madalyn Langkamp, and Natalie Horowitz all scored a 9.825. Langkamp and Horowitz set new season highs for themselves. 

Vault was another strong event for Iowa State. Their score totaled up to a 49.100. Maxwell picked up the event win with a very strong 9.900. Picking up a 9.825 was Sophia Steinmeyer. Kelsey Boychuck and Emilie Hong eacher scored a 9.800. DeJesus scored 9.775 to end the event. 

The lowest score of the day for the ’Clones was on the floor exercise, reaching a still solid 48.850. Maddie Diab scored the highest on the team with a 9.900, and a new season high. Steinmeyer earned a 9.850 score, the 2nd highest score on the team for the floor. Langkamp and Phoebe Turner scored a 9.775 and 9.675, respectively. DeJesus rounded out the event with a 9.625. 

The meet ended on the balance beam. Iowa State finished up with a 48.975, led by Meixi Semple with a 9.850. Steinmeyer followed closely behind with a 9.800. 

Maxwell made her debut on the beam with a 9.775. DeJesus and Boychuck also each socred a 9.775. DeJesus completed her All-Around with a 39.050 and an event win.