Iowa State gymnastics has finest showing of season in loss to No. 1 Oklahoma


Hilary Green celebrates with her teammates after her floor routine on Jan. 13 in Hilton Coliseum during Iowa State gymnastics tri-meet on Jan. 13. Iowa State won the tri-meet against Towson and UW-Oskosh with a score of 194.275.

Austin Anderson

No. 1 Oklahoma came into Hilton Coliseum on Friday night and proved why it is the defending national champions and No. 1 team in the country, defeating Iowa State 197.425-195.175.

The Sooners outscored the Cyclones in every event and took home all the individual awards. It was a loss on the scoreboard, but the Cyclones knew a win was going to be a long shot coming into the meet.

The Cyclones completed the first half of the meet well on their way to a goal they have been looking to achieve all season, hit every routine.

Iowa State kicked off the meet with a 48.800 on vault, a season high but trailed 49.450-48.800 after the first rotation.  

Then in the second rotation, Iowa State scored recorded its highest score of any event all season, at least at the time, a 48.925 on the uneven bars. The Cyclones continued to hit every routine and had nearly a one-point improvement on their previous high score halfway through a meet.

The Cyclones trailed at the midway point 98.825-97.725 and the Sooner lead grew after two falls on the balance beam. The event wasn’t a disappointment for every gymnast, however. Meaghan Sievers recorded her season high on the event, a 9.825 but the Cyclones still trailed the meet 148.225-145.975.

Then in the final event of the night, Iowa State had its best performance of the season. Rachel Middelkoop started the event out with a season high of 9.800. Then back-to-back career highs from Hilary Green and Cassie Diaz followed. Two scores of 9.875 and 9.900 from Briana Ledesma and Hayee Young, respectively, sealed the best event and meet score of the season for the Cyclones.