ISU gymnastics hits road for final regular season meet


Sophomore Hilary Green performs her uneven bars routine during the quad meet at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State played host to North Carolina State, Nebraska, and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Feb. 21, and would go on to place third with a combined score of 194.9. 

Rachel Given

The ISU gymnastics team is on Cloud Nine after clinching the CyHawk matchup by a slim margin this past weekend at Hilton Coliseum, but the season isn’t over just yet.

The team will travel to Lexington, Ky., to compete against Kentucky at 6 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats are currently ranked 21st in the nation, according to the NCAA gymnastics rankings. It’s been at least 10 years since the Cyclones have seen the Wildcats in competition.

The team has reached some of its goals it set at the beginning of the season, but still has some work to do.

“That has been our goal,” said sophomore Hilary Green. “If anything, we wanted to win against Iowa and get a 196.”

The team is using the win to help fuel its fire to finish this season strong, looking ahead to Big 12s and NCAA Regionals.

“That was the first time I’ve been on this team that we’ve gotten a 196,” said sophomore Haylee Young. ”Knowing that we can do it will give us that extra bit of confidence [and] really help us.”

Iowa State is currently ranked 36th by the same standards. NCAA Regionals take the top 36 teams to compete, and the Cyclones are right on the bubble. Iowa State has made regional appearances for the last 20 years and wants to continue the streak.

Gearing up for the meet, the team has prepared for it just the same as the other meets this season, focusing on the team and working on routines.

“I’ve been working on little details,” Green said. “Those little 10ths that add up so I can get to that [goal] score.”

Although Green is not an all-around gymnast, she wants to contribute more to the team.

“Due to my circumstances this season I can’t, but I always want to do more and contribute more,” Green said. “Hopefully, eventually I can be.”

Green took second for the team and earned a 9.775 for her bars routine for the CyHawk meet. Green has been a solid contributor on the uneven bars event all season.

Although the final regular season meet is away from Ames, Green wants to bring the team atmosphere from the CyHawk meet to Lexington. Green wants to feed off the energy the team brought to Hilton and bring it this weekend.

Young knows the team has to compete well this weekend if it wants to go to the NCAA regionals.

Coming off of a tight score win, the team needs to stay focused, and Young has the perfect recipe for it.

“We don’t want to push the numbers as much so we can stay energized and stay healthy,” Young said. “It’s more about quality rather than quantity.”