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Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones fall to Penn State in tight meet

Tyler Coe
Hannah Loyim performs bars in the season opening meet against Nebraska at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 5, 2023.

Iowa State dropped its second-straight meet as Penn State got the better of the Cyclones to win 196.625-196.150.

The Cyclones will have another chance at getting their first win of the season as they continue their road trip Monday.

Big Ten competition provides challenges

The Cyclones took on their second Big Ten opponent of the season as they faced off against Penn State after losing to Nebraska in the previous meet.

The Nittany Lions already competed against some Division I competition and came out on top in their first meet of the season.

The meet started with the Cyclones on uneven bars and Penn State on the vault.

The teams were neck and neck throughout the whole meet. Iowa State took the vault event as Penn State took the other three events by tight scores.

Taking the vault was not enough for the Cyclones as they dropped their second meet of the season as Penn State came out on top 196.625-196.150.

Loyim performs well in all events

Junior Hannah Loyim competed in every event for the Cyclones and was one of three competing in all-around.

While competing in every event, Loyim showed off when it was her time to highlight her skills. Loyim came out first on the uneven bars and finished in fourth with a 9.825 behind fellow Cyclone Laura Cooke.

During the meet, Loyim improved her score in the vault compared to the last meet against the Cornhuskers. She improved her score from a 9.725 to a 9.825.

Loyim and the Cyclones then competed in the floor event with Loyim finishing with a final score of 9.850 to take fifth. Lastly, Loyim competed in the beam event and finished in second with a final score of 9.850.

Overall, it was a huge leap for Loyim in taking her skills to another level while on the road.

For Iowa State, Loyim finished second in all-around with a final score of 39.350.

Growing score on the vault

Against the Cornhuskers in Ames last meet, the team showed that the vault was going to be one of their strengths this season.

That has shown through once again for Iowa State as the team took the vault portion of the meet with the Cyclones’ highest scoring event of the weekend.

Once again, freshman Noelle Adams came out on top on the vault scoring her first 9.900 as a Cyclone.

As well as Adams taking the number one spot on the vault, senior Kaia Parker and freshman Paige Wills finished in second place behind Adams with a score of 9.850.

The Cyclones took the vault event against Penn State with a score of 49.250, topping the Cyclones’ score from a week prior against Nebraska.

The Cyclones will continue to bring that energy as they travel to Nashville, Tennessee, where they will compete against multiple different teams Monday at the Fisk MLK Meet.

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