Two Cyclones Qualify for NCAA Individuals

AUBURN, Ala. - In a session loaded with national powerhouses and former Olympians, Iowa State finished fifth (195.975) in the second session of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships. Georgia, two-time defending national champion UCLA and Alabama finished first, second and third, respectively, to compete for the national title in Friday night's Super Six meet.

Janet Anson and Laura-Kay Powell each qualified for the NCAA individual finals, earning first-team All-America honors on the vault and floor, respectively. Anson tied for third on vault, while Powell tied for fourth on the floor. Powell also earned second-team All-America honors, tying for eighth on vault. Erin Dethloff earned All-America honors for the third consecutive year with an eighth-place finish in the all-around.

"Bars wasn't at the caliber that we have come to expect," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "But we hit 24 events for the first time this season and that was our goal coming into the competition. I think we really surprised a lot of people tonight and put Iowa State on the gymnastics map."

Iowa State started the night's rotation on the balance beam, posting a 48.825 behind Powell's team-best 9.825 performance. Dethloff turned in a 9.80, while Anson and Jade Kvach each earned a 9.775. Kacey Oiness and Ashley Alden posted 9.650 and 9.425 scores, respectively.

After sitting out a bye round, the Cyclones moved to the floor and were solid, posting their third-highest score of the season (49.325). Powell matched her season high with a 9.90, while Anson posted a 9.875. Dethloff, Ashley Alden and Kacey Oiness each performed a 9.85. Alden's finish matched her career best, while Kvach logged a season-best 9.825.

Iowa State moved to vault ranked fourth in the team standings. Anson led the Cyclones with a 9.90, while Powell recorded a 9.875. Dethloff turned in a 9.825 and Jessica Oney performed a 9.80. Katie Lasher matched her second-highest score of the season (9.775) and Lindsey Murphy posted a 9.75.

ISU sat out its second bye round before moving to uneven bars, the event the Cyclones won at the NCAA Central Regional. Dethloff anchored the squad with a team-high 9.825. Oiness posted a 9.75, Alden had a 9.725 and Anson performed a 9.7. Lasher and Powell each turned in a 9.65.

Anson and Powell will compete in the individual championship on Saturday night. Anson competed in last year's vault finals, while Powell makes her first appearance in the competition.

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