Cyclones Earn Trip to Nationals

Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- The No. 9 Iowa State Gymnastics team placed second at the NCAA Central Region Championship Saturday night at Coleman Coliseum. The final team score of 195.625 qualified ISU for national competition for only the second time in school history. No. 4 Alabama placed first in the region with a 196.675, while No. 21 Auburn (194.80) took third, No. 23 Kentucky finished fourth (193.325), No. 27 Kent State placed fifth (192.425) and No. 16 Utah State was sixth (192.50).

The Cyclones' last appearance at NCAA Championships was in 2000 at Boise State, where they finished eighth. This will be the first team Head Coach K.J. Kindler has brought to the national meet.

The Cyclones started out on the balance beam, earning a 48.775. Sophomore Ashley Alden received a 9.80 to lead the team and in the first event. Right behind her was junior Laura-Kay Powell who earned a 9.775, and junior Erin Dethloff and redshirt freshman Jade Kvach who received 9.750's.

Next, on the floor ISU posted a 49.175. Sophomore Janet Anson matched her season-high score of 9.925 to earn second place. Alden, Dethloff and Kacey Oiness each marked a 9.85.

The Cyclone vault routine totaled a 47.90. Leading the team was Anson who had a score of 9.875 to share second place. Junior Jessica Oney and Dethloff each notched 9.75.

Finishing on the uneven bars, Dethloff had the highest Cyclone score with a 9.85, which earned her a share of first place. Alden and Powell both received 9.8 to placed in a tie for sixth and Lasher earned a 9.775.

Anson claimed third in the all-around (39.250) and Dethloff tied for fourth 39.20.

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