Iowa State gymnastics takes down Texas Woman’s in second meet in a row


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Junior Meaghan Sievers performs her beam routine during the Cyclones’ home meet against Arizona on Jan. 12, 2018. Sievers scored a 9.225.

Austin Anderson

Led by a career night from junior Meaghan Sievers, the Iowa State gymnastics team defeated Texas Woman’s University 195.275-191.050.

The Cyclones started strong on vault with a 48.975. Sievers had the best score for the Cyclones with a 9.850 with senior Haylee Young right behind her at 9.825.

Iowa State led after the first rotation 48.975-46.675.

Iowa State had struggles on the uneven bars in the second rotation of the night. Junior M.J. Johnson started with a 9.650 and senior Kelsey Paz followed with a 9.725, but in the third spot, sophomore Laura Burns wasn’t able to complete her routine as well as in past meets. She finished with a score of 8.325.

Sievers and Young went next with scores of 9.825 each. But reigning Big 12 event specialist of the week Hilary Green wasn’t able to repeat last week’s performance. She rounded out the uneven bars with a 9.450.

The third rotation was one the Cyclones had put a lot of work into this week in practice, the beam. Last week they had two falls and had their lowest score on the event this season.

It started off with freshman Sophia Steinmeyer’s score of 9.625 before Sievers bounced back from struggles on the event the last two weeks by tying her career-high, a 9.825. Sievers’ all-around score of 39.275 is tied for the best score of her career.

Sophomore Cassie Diaz made her season debut on beam and tied for the best team score on the event with 9.825.

Iowa State finished with a 48.925 on floor and defeated Texas Woman’s for the second time in as many meets.

The Cyclones return to action next Friday at Hilton Coliseum in a quad meet against Yale, West Virginia and Northern Illinois.