Maddie Diab takes on Regionals 2023


Jacob Rice/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State junior Maddie Diab competes in the floor exercise in the Cyclones’ gymnastics meet against the University of Iowa on March 4. Diab scored a 9.875 in her routine.

After taking fourth place in the Big 12 Championship, Iowa State gymnastics is focusing its attention on NCAA Regionals. Although the Cyclones will not be making an appearance as a team, Maddie Diab will take on this competition by herself in the floor exercise.

For the past seven years, the Cyclones have made their debut continuously as a team at regionals. However, this season has been everything but smooth sailing which kept the team from qualifying.

“Maddie Diab is the best representation Iowa State could have in the regional stage,” said head coach Jay Ronayne.

Something that makes Diab thoroughly ready for this competition is the consistency she has in her floor routine.

“Her ordinary is absolutely spectacular,” Ronayne said. “Therefore, all she has to do is continue being the way she is.”

Diab managed to consecutively score a 9.9 or higher in several competitions, which has granted her the Big 12 title for the second year in a row.

Being one spot away from becoming the All-American in the regular season, Diab faces a new opportunity to achieve that goal as she moves into the NCAA Regionals.

In order to qualify for the National Championship and continue her ranking towards the All-American title, Diab would have to be the overall winner of the floor exercise.

But according to Ronayne, predictions are unnecessary as the only expectations for Diab is to enjoy and take in the competition at hand.

Diab will travel to Denver, Colorado, and take to the competition floor on Friday.