Cyclones finish strong, finish fourth


Sophomore Haylee Young performs her floor exercise routine during the meet against Iowa at Hilton Coliseum March 4. Young scored a 9.925, contributing to the Cyclones’ narrow 196.025-196.0 victory over the Hawkeyes. 

Rachel Given

This meet is what the entire gymnastics squad has been working toward for the whole season: Big 12 Championships. The team traveled to Frisco, TX to compete in the Dr. Pepper arena against Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Denver.

Like most meets, the team started the competition on vault. Sophomore Sydney Converse earned the fifth spot on the line-up and scored the highest for the team with a 9.800. After the first rotation, the Cyclones were trailing Oklahoma, Denver, and WVU and earned 48.850 team points.

The team then moved on to the uneven bars. Sophomore Haylee Young stuck her dismount on her new release move and scored a 9.700 on her routine. Sophomore Hilary Green anchored the event and earned a 9.8 tying freshman Meaghan Sievers’ routine score for the team as well.

After two rotations, the Cyclones moved up to third place with 97.457 team points, trailing Oklahoma and WVU.

The team moved to the balance beam for the third event. Most routines were shaky but senior Alex Marasco stuck her dismount and earned a 9.825 for her performance. Her performance couldn’t hold the team in third place as the Cyclones trailed third place WVU with 146.150 points.

Iowa State finished the competition on the floor. Young finished tied for third in the entire competition and earned a 9.900 for her routine.

The Cyclones took fourth for the day with a final score of 195.35.