ISU gymnastics wins triangular, third straight meet in Shreveport


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Sophomore Briana Ledesma performs her vault routine during the meet against West Virginia on Feb. 5. Ledesma scored a 9.65. 

Mary Rominger

The Iowa State Gymnastics team and coaching staff had its eyes on one thing heading into the triangular meet on Saturday night: the vault.

Last week, the Cyclones struggled with their landings on the vault which was the reason they won the meet by a hair, rather than a comfortable victory that they were capable of.

This week, their attention to detail on their vault routines paid off in a major way. The team’s precise and poise execution in every rotation resulted in Iowa State earning a season-high event score on the vault which gave them first place overall in Shreveport, LA.

The Cyclones had an impressive night against Centenary and Texas Woman’s University. Iowa State was awarded with the top-three individual scores as well as the best team scores of the meet on vault, bars, and floor.

“It’s nice to have two wins,” said head coach Jay Ronayne in a release from the ISU athletic department. “It’s a nice to know that we have a lot more room for growth and that we’re coming back to Hilton Coliseum next week.”

Despite the team’s obvious successes in several events, Iowa State still had areas to improve in several areas throughout the night.

“I thought vault went pretty well. Kelsey started us off very strong with a great vault and at the end of the line-up Sydney stuck a vault,” said volunteer assistant coach Danielle Guider in the release. “Briana had an awesome vault, as well as Meaghan. I thought it was great overall, but we can still work on our landings.”

In gymnastics, and almost every sport, a team’s room for improvement is endless, but coach Ronayne saw another troubled area in the night. Ronayne found the judging to not be as tasteful as he would’ve liked.

“We didn’t start on fire, but I wasn’t unhappy with the way they performed. We could have hit a couple more handstands, but over it was pretty good,” said coach in the release. “I wasn’t upset with the way we started, but I wasn’t happy with the way the scores ended up coming up. But that has nothing to do with the athletes.”

Looking forward, the Cyclones will be back in Hilton Coliseum for two home meets next weekend. Iowa State will first host Minnesota and Air Force in a triangular meet on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and next on Sunday they will battle Nebraska, NC State, and UW- La Crosse in a quadrangular meet beginning at 2:00 p.m.