Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones finish last at Big 12 Championships


Daniel Jacobi II

Loganne Basuel celebrates after her bars routine during the meet against Denver University in Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 24, 2023.

Logan Shanks, Sports Reporter

The Iowa State gymnastics team took last place at the Big 12 Championships, with a final team score of 193.750, in what could be their season finale. 

The Cyclones’ rocky season continued with a low score at the Big 12 Championships, where Oklahoma took home first place with a final team score of 198.500. 

The Cyclones have had a rollercoaster of a season, with many of their poor performances coming toward the end of the season, and the Big 12 Championships weren’t much different. 

Here are the three takeaways from the Iowa State gymnastics team’s potential season-ending competition.

Continued struggles on beam

It should be no surprise that the Cyclones had a poor performance on beam tonight, as this has been an event they have struggled with all season. Iowa State posted a 47.525 on beam, giving them an early deficient, something they have also had many times this season. 

While some adjustments have been made to every lineup this season, the right string of performances could never come at the right time for beam. One gymnast that performed solid on beam was Josie Bergstrom, with a 9.825, which led the way for the Cyclones. The next highest score on beam for the Cyclones would come from Kelsey Boychuk with a 9.775. 

Cyclones shine on floor

After a rough start to the night on beam, the Cyclones posted a 49.175 on floor, an event they have found success on throughout the season and has often been their saving grace in their wins. While the Cyclones would remain in last place after the second rotation, this was a spark they needed after a rough performance on beam. 

High scores came left and right for Iowa State on floor, as four gymnasts would score a 9.800 or higher. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Maddie Diab with a 9.950, followed closely by Hannah Loyim with a 9.900. 

Cyclones fall short on the home stretch

While the Cyclones found success during the second rotation of the night, they weren’t able to construct a comeback in the last two events. Iowa State posted a score of 48.675 on vault in the third rotation, with the highest score coming from Bergstrom with a 9.850, followed by Bergstrom with a 0.825. Ultimately the Cyclones finished with a score of 48.675 on vault and would remain in last place heading into the final rotation. 

Things wouldn’t get better for the Cyclones on bars, as they would finish with a team score of 48.375, with Laura Cooke leading the way with a 9.775. Loganne Basuel and Madelyn Langkamp scored the next highest on bars for Iowa State, earning a 9.750 with their respective routines. 

The Cyclones will wait for the selection show on Monday to determine if their postseason will continue with an NCAA regional competition.