Iowa State gymnastics continues impressive start, takes down No. 10 Arizona


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From left, Laura Burns, Briana Ledesma, Emily White and Molly Russ cheer after teammate Meaghan Sievers’ uneven bars routine during their meet against Arizona on Jan. 12, 2018. The Cyclones beat the Wildcats 195.45 to 194.975.

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A week after knocking off two top-20 teams, the Iowa State gymnastics team took down No. 10 Arizona 195.450-194.975.

Iowa State got the lead after a score of 48.850 on vault and never looked back. Senior Haylee Young capped off the first rotation with a 9.900, her first of two 9.9’s she would have on the day.

Iowa State led after the first rotation 48.850-48.750.

The Cyclones had their best score of the day on their second event, the uneven bars, scoring 48.950. Sophomore Laura Burns had a career high 9.800 and junior Meaghan Sievers led the way with a 9.875.

At the midway point the Cyclones led the Wildcats 97.800-97.500.

The Cyclones kept building their lead but things got eventful on the balance beam in the third rotation. Junior M.J. Johnson had a mishap on beam, leading to a 9.450. Later in the event, Sievers fell off the beam and scored a 9.225. 

Iowa State had struggled but Young finished off the rotation on beam by tying her career high with a 9.925, and increased the Cyclones lead to 146.525- 146.150. 

The Cyclones finished off the victory on floor with a 48.925, sweeping every rotation over the Wildcats. 

Iowa State returns to action next Friday on the road against reigning national champion, Oklahoma.