Iowa State gymnastics end last home meet with tri-meet win


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Hilary Green smiles as she finishes her floor routine on Feb. 17 in Hilton Coliseum. Green tied for third place on floor. The Cyclones won their tri-meet against Illinois State and Gustavus with a score of 195.625.

Austin Anderson

The outcome of the Iowa State gymnastics final home meet of the season was never in question.

Illinois State entered the meet ranked No. 54 in the Road to Nationals poll and Gustavus Adolphus, a Division III school located in St. Peters, Minnesota, was ranked No. 81 — second to last.

Nevertheless, the Cyclones still had to do their job, and they did, winning the meet with a score of 195.625. Illinois State came in second with a 192.700 and Gustavus Adolphus finished third, scoring 186.275.

The Cyclones weren’t dominate compared to their own standards. Coach Jay Ronayne said his goal for the team is to hit a 49.000 on each rotation. The Cyclones failed to reach that number on any single event.

Sophomore Meaghan Sievers and junior Haylee Young led the Cyclones, who scored 48.875, on the vault, each scoring 9.850.

The Cyclones led with a score of 97.850 at the halfway point despite a rare fall from Sievers on the uneven bars.

The Cyclones had one fall on the balance beam by junior Hilary Green and a near fall from Sievers but bounced back with two strong routines to finish the event. Freshman Cassie Diaz scored a 9.825 before Young scored a 9.900.

The Cyclones ended the night on floor and were highlighted by junior Briana Ledesma’s 9.850 and Young’s 9.875.

The Cyclones will now hit the road for the next three meets before the postseason begins, starting next Sunday at noon in Morgantown, West Virginia against Maryland and West Virginia.