Three Big Takeaways: Cyclone gymnastics takes victory against Lindenwood


Daniel Jacobi II

Maddie Diab celebrates after her floor routine during the match against Central Michigan in Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 12, 2023.

Andrea Maldonado, Sports Reporter

On to the second double meet weekend of the season the Cyclones took on the Lindenwood Lions and posted scores that showcased improvement from last weekend. 

Iowa State gymnastics celebrated yet another victory as they clenched a team score of 195.575 over 194.800. 

As Jay Ronayne mentioned last weekend, there are less than six competitions until the regular season is over so now is the time to really hone in on the details and final adjustments. 

Under control

Starting the first rotation on bars the Cyclones remained strong and confident, having to only drop one score, the lineup was able to recover and have a strong finish. New to the anchor spot, Laura Cooke sealed the first rotation with a 9.825. 

During the second rotation, the vault lineup demonstrated their ability to take control of the competition as they matched their previous team score, 48.750. Taking first place in the event, Kaia Parker led the lineup with a 9.850, showcasing power and control as she stuck her vault landing. 

Within the storm

It was time for the third rotation to unravel and the Cyclones filled the arena with their energy. It was a rotation without mistakes and growing scores. Once again the event was led by Maddie Diab as she scored her fourth consecutive 9.950 of the season. Currently ranked No. 27 in the nation, Diab was able to solidify the ongoing lead the Cyclones had over the Lions. 

However, to end the meet on the balance beam was not an easy task. The Lions had a beam rotation that set the bar pretty high for the Cyclones as they moved to the fourth and last rotation. 

Being under pressure has resulted in trouble in the past of the Cyclones but on this occasion there was nothing that could break their wind. Natalie Horowitz and Josie Bergstrom sealed the victory as they both scored a 9.825 which took the team score to 48.975. 

Back in Hilton

The Cyclones will make their way back to Ames to host their second to last home meet of the season. Coming up next, the Cyclones will take on Alaska at 2 p.m. Sunday. This competition will also be streamed live on ESPN+.