Cyclone gymnastics maintain their reign at Hilton Coliseum


Daniel Jacobi II

Loganne Basuel balances at the peak of the highest bar during the match against Central Michigan in Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 12, 2023.

Culminating their second double-meet weekend of the season, Cyclone gymnastics showed persistence and grit as they took the victory against Alaska-Anchorage. The final team scores came down to 195.525 to 192.500.

The Cyclones once again opened the competition with a strong rotation on vault, led by Kaia Parker as she landed a 9.850.

Moving on to the second event, the Cyclones continued to fight for consistency during the bar lineup. It has been an uphill battle for the team to maintain a strong stance in the event, but they did not back down against the pressure. Although there were slight mistakes, the Cyclones continued to lead the competition by over a point and a half.

The beam rotation was where the Cyclones amped up the pressure as they had only one routine they needed to drop, so they were dependent on Hannah Loyim’s performance. Fortunately, Loyim delivered and led the rotation with a 9.850.

As the competition came to a close, the Cyclones were left with the task of outperforming the Sea Wolves, who hit every routine on their last event. Rightfully so, the Cyclones completed the task and sealed the competition, led by Maddie Diab with a 9.925.

After a conversation with head coach Jay Ronayne, the goal is to continue getting better every single day. Addressing the upcoming senior night, Ronayne acknowledged that every athlete on this team has very present the honor that it is to be in Hilton.

“They know this is home, and that is something they remain grateful for,” Ronayne said.

As they brace to take on Denver, the Cyclones will focus their efforts on hitting every routine this coming Friday.

“It will come down to hitting every routine against a team like Denver,” Ronayne said. “All they have done this season is put up routines that have minimal mistakes.”

Iowa State and Denver will come together to celebrate senior night at Hilton Coliseum. The final home meet of the season will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The meet will be streamed live on ESPN+.