Iowa State University Athletics

01/17/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/17/2020 22:31

Cyclones Victorious In Big 12 Opener

AMES, Iowa - The No. 12 Iowa State gymnastics team (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) took home the victory against No. 24 West Virginia at Hilton Coliseum Friday night. Iowa State posted a season-high 195.800 in the win.

Iowa State closed out the meet on a high note with a 49.000 on floor. Three Cyclones scored 9.800s or better on floor, including a 9.900 by . The Cyclones kept producing on the uneven bars by posting a strong 49.025 score.

Individually, some newcomers stepped up big for the Cyclones. scored a 9.825 for the Cyclones on the floor in her first meet at Hilton Coliseum. Along with Diab, Maldonado's excellent floor routine stood out among Cyclone newcomers.

Vault was an area the Cyclones were focused on improving heading into this week, and they did just that by scoring a 49.000 as a team. The veterans proved to lead the way, with coming up huge once again with an impressive 9.900. also pitched in with a strong performance of 9.850 and helped the Cyclones improve from last week's performance.

'I love this team and I love the way they want to compete,' head coach said. 'They are enjoying competing. We left a whole lot of room for growth still, and I am looking forward to Georgia on Monday. I can't say enough about Cyclone fans; they could have stayed home, but they didn't.'

Uneven Bars
The Cyclones were strong on uneven bars for the second-straight meet, following up Saturday's performance with a 49.025. picked up where she left off last week by scoring another 9.850 in another strong anchor performance to get the event win. Behind her, (9.825), (9.800) and (9.800) all posted solid scores. rounded out the scoring quintet with a 9.750.

Assistant Coach Savage
'We had a lot of adversity this week. With everything against us, we still stepped up and did a great job tonight. On bars, we stuck the landings that we had to stick. I think the girls did a tremendous job to keep everybody as a unit.'

Iowa State posted a season-high 49.000 on vault. They were led by another stout performance by , who tied her career best with a 9.900 on the apparatus to pick up the event victory. picked up where she left off last week by posting a 9.850. , , and all chipped in solid performances, with each scoring a 9.750.

Head Coach
'Walking into vault, I had some question marks. I was a little bit nervous about that event, but they pulled it together like veterans and settled my nerves for me.'

Floor Exercise
Iowa State finished the meet on a high note by posting a 49.000 on floor exercise. started her career at Hilton Coliseum off with a bang by executing a 9.900 in just her second collegiate floor routine, earning the win for the event. In her second career floor performance, freshman posted an impressive 9.825. had a solid run, posting a 9.800, while Diaz (9.750) and (9.725) also scored in the event.

'As I went in, I was listening to my teammates, and it worked out for the best. I wasn't thinking about the routine; I was present in the moment and I think that's what made it so good. [My coaches] were so jumpy and excited; it was great!'

Balance Beam
The Cyclones battled tough and scored a 48.775 on the beam. Iowa State was led by who posted a 9.825. had a big-time effort in her second official beam performance, posting a 9.800. and added to the Cyclones effort with scores of 9.750, while rounded out the scoring team with a 9.650.

Assistant Coach
'I think that they did a great job. We had a little mistake, but they have trained for having mistakes. We are very proud of for coming back and nailing a beam routine. Everybody finished strong and I thought we did a great job tonight.'

was the lone Cyclone all-arounder once again, earning a 38.875 in her second attempt at the all-around and picking up the win in the meet. The junior tallied a pair of 9.750s on both bars and beam to highlight the effort.

Up Next
The Cyclones are back in action on Monday against No. 17 Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum. The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. and streamed on SEC Network+.