Iowa State gymnastics smashes previous season high in quad meet win


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Iowa State senior Kelsey Paz performs on the floor exercise. Paz and the Cyclones defeated Texas Women’s 195.275-191.050. 

Austin Anderson

The Iowa State gymnastics team was dominant on a record setting night that ended with a new season high team score and a quad meet victory.

The Cyclones score of 196.200 took down West Virginia, Northern Illinois and Yale.

The Cyclones started on the vault where seniors Briana Ledesma and Kelsey Paz scored their best scores of the season on the event, and junior Meaghan Sievers tied her season high with a 9.875. Senior Haylee Young had the team’s highest score on the event with a 9.900.

Iowa State’s score of 48.975 gave the Cyclones a lead they once again wouldn’t surrender.

Then Iowa State had the best performance on an event this season, and it wasn’t really close. The Cyclones smashed their previous season best score of 48.975 on bars with a 49.200 on Friday night.

The only gymnast not to tie their season high on bars was senior Hilary Green who still tied for the team’s best score, a 9.875. Sophomore Laura Burns tied her career high with a 9.800 and Sievers and Young tied with Green for the Cyclones best score of the event with scores of 9.875.

The dominance didn’t stop there. On the third rotation, the Cyclones had another season high as a team on the balance beam with a 49.125. Sophomore Molly Russ recorded her career high on beam with a 9.775.

To end the night, Sievers, Paz and Young each had opportunities to record new career high scores in the all-around on the floor exercise.

Sievers’ score of 9.755 gave her a new career high all around score at 39.300. Paz tied her career high all around score with a 39.275. Young needed a 9.900 on the floor exercise to get a new career high. She got it.

Young’s new career high put her at 39.550.

Iowa State will be back in action next weekend in California against San Jose State and Boise State.