Anson Runner-Up in NCAAs

AUBURN, Ala. - Iowa State sophomore Janet Anson stuck two solid vaults to earn a 9.90 overall score and claim runner-up honors at the NCAA Championship individual event finals. It was the highest individual finish for any Cyclone gymnast. Junior Laura-Kay Powell tied for eighth on floor, giving the Cyclones four individual national finalists since 2000.

Gymnasts are given two vaults in the individual finals, with the average of both computed for their final score. Anson nailed her first vault, a Yurchenko full twist she has been using all season. Just one of three finalists to use a one-and-a-half or double twist in a vault, she stuck a perfect landing after the much more difficult Yurchenko one-and-a-half full twist on her second vault. Former Olympian Kristen Maloney of UCLA won the event with a 9.9375.

"I knew right when I hit the board that it was going to be a good one," Anson said. "I was a little nervous because I didn't hit one in warm-ups, but I just remembered what (coaches) Lou (Ball) and K.J. (Kindler) told me and it took me through the vault."

Powell, making her first appearance at the NCAA finals, used all D-level bonus tumbling passes in her floor exercise routine. The junior had a clean performance, earning a 9.8375 from the judges. Co-defending floor champions Courtney Bumpers and Ashley Miles were in Powell's group. North Carolina's Bumpers recorded a perfect 10 to win the event, while Alabama's Miles turned in a 9.975 for a runner-up finish.

"I was excited to compete, I really like floor," Powell said. "It helps your confidence to compete among the best. It was a good routine, but there is always room for improvement."

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