Cyclones claim fourth place finish at Big 12 Championships


Jack MacDonald/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State defeated Southeast Missouri and Centenary on Friday during their tri-meet at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones posted a 195.775. 

Austin Anderson

The Iowa State gymnastics team came away from its trip to Frisco, Texas, for the Big 12 Championships with a fourth-place finish.

The Cyclones scored a 195.500, trailing Oklahoma (197.850), Denver (196.475) and West Virginia (195.575).

Iowa State was led on the opening rotation, the uneven bars, by junior Haylee Young who scored a 9.800.

The Cyclones were in fourth place, trailing Oklahoma, Denver and West Virginia after an opening score of 48.750.

Freshman Cassie Diaz had the highest score for the Cyclones on the balance beam, a 9.800, but Iowa State remained in fourth place at the midway point with a 97.525.

The Cyclones jumped over West Virginia into third place with a 48.925 on the floor exercise.

Young tied her career high on vault with a 9.900. Sophomore Meaghan Sievers followed Young with a strong 9.850 to give Iowa State its highest event score of the night, a 49.050.

The high score wasn’t enough to lock the Cyclones into a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championships. West Virginia’s 49.150 on floor jumped the Mountaineers back into third place. 

The Cyclones will find out where they will be competing at the regional competition on Tuesday when the six regional locations and lineups are revealed.