Cyclone Gymnasts Prepare for Nationals

Iowa State Team Notes


The Cyclones advance to the NCAA Championships for only the second time in school history ... Iowa State was assigned to the Central Region as the No. 2 seed, finishing second ... head coach K.J. Kindler was named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year ... Iowa State earned a 12-3 regular-season mark and 3-1 Big 12 record ... the Cyclones compete in Thursday's Session II, beginning at 7 p.m. (CST) ... Iowa State's rotation is: balance beam, bye, floor exercise, vault, bye, uneven bars ... Southern Utah's Leah Sakhitab, who qualified individually for the beam competition, was assigned to ISU's rotation.

Cyclones at NCAA Championships

This marks only the second team appearance in school history for ISU. Iowa State last qualified as a team in 2000. The Cyclones competed at Boise State and earned an eighth-place finish overall and fifth in their preliminary session. Junior Betsy Hamm and senior Kelli More advanced to the individual event competition and became the first Cyclone gymnasts to earn All-America honors. Hamm earned first-team All-America honors on balance beam and second team on both the uneven bars and all-around. More was a first-team All-American on balance beam.

Since then, the Iowa State has gained two more All-Americans. In 2004, Dethloff earned second team honors on beam and teammate Janet Anson was named first team All-American on vault and second team on floor and in the all-around. In 2003, Erin Dethloff was named to the second team for her performance in the all-around.

Cyclones to Watch

Sophomore Janet Anson leads the team on vault, averaging a 9.894 with a high of 9.950. Anson also leads the team on floor exercise with a 9.885 average and a high of 9.925 and in the all-around, averaging 39.219 with a high of 39.525.

Junior Erin Dethloff leads the team on uneven bars, averaging a 9.731 with a high of 9.90. On beam, the Cyclones are led by junior Laura-Kay Powell. Powell averages a 9.775 with a high of 9.90.

National Rankings

The No. 9 Cyclones are ranked ninth on vault and bars, 11th on floor and 12th on beam. Sophomore Janet Anson ranks fifth on vault, is tied for No. 11 in the all-around, and is tied for 10th on floor. The national GymInfo rankings are tabulated weekly by season scoring averages.

Gymnasts of the Week

Two Cyclones claimed Big 12 Conference Gymnast of the Week honors during the 2005 regular season.

Junior Laura-Kay Powell was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for her performance against Minnesota March 18. Powell notched a season-high all-around score, the second-highest of her career, to share the title with teammate Erin Dethloff (39.575). She earned first place on vault (9.90) and matched her season highs on bars and beam to tie for second (9.875) and first (9.90) place, respectively. On floor, Powell tallied a 9.90 to equal her season high.

Sophomore Janet Anson was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for her performance against Nebraska Feb. 11. Anson won the all-around competition with a season-high score of 39.50. She also notched a season-high score on floor to claim first (9.90). Anson marked season-highs on vault (9.95), bars (9.825) and beam (9.825) to secure second, third and fifth places, respectively.

Five Iowa State Gymnasts Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Iowa State's Kacey Oiness, Jessica Oney, Ashley Alden, Erin Dethloff and Katie Lasher were named to the 2005 Women's Gymnastics Academic All-Big 12 Team.

Oiness, a junior in psychology, was named to the academic all-Big 12 first team. The Henderson, Nev., native, earned this honor, as well as NACGC Academic All-American accolades, for the third consecutive year.

Oney, a health and fitness management major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also received first-team honors. The junior competes on vault and shares the second-highest vault score of the season (9.925 vs. Nebraska).

Alden, studying psychology, is a second-team all-conference honoree. A native of Park City, Ill., she finished fifth on beam at the Big 12 Championship April 26.

Dethloff, another second-team academic all-Big 12 honoree, is a junior from Omaha, Neb. At the Big 12 Championship, she tied for second in the all-around competition and received all-conference honors on vault and floor. Dethloff is an elementary education major.

Omaha, Neb., native Katie Lasher was also named to the academic all-Big 12 second team. The sophomore food science major, competes on vault and bars.

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