ISU Gymnasts Top Oregon State

No. 7 Iowa State improved to 8-2 overall Friday as they defeated No. 19 Oregon State, 196.350-194.350, in its first meet at Hilton Coliseum in over a month. The Cyclones entered competition defending a 13-win streak at home and once again improved its overall team score from the previous meet, doing it for the sixth-consecutive time.

ISU began the first rotation on vault and notched a season-high 49.100. Four-time All-American Erin Dethloff led the Cyclones, claiming first place honors with a season-high 9.875. Junior Janet Anson and senior Laura-Kay Powell shared second-place, both putting up a 9.850. Sophomore Jade Kvach (9.80) rounded out the top four.

Iowa State moved to bars on the second rotation and shattered the previous season high by .275. The 49.225 they put together tied for the ninth-best score in program history. Dethloff once again dominated the event, scoring a season-high 9.925 to take first place. Senior Kacey Oiness tied a career high and Katie Lasher tied a season high as they scored 9.850 to share third place. Krystal Carney also set a season high as she put up a 9.775. Oregon State's Chrissy Lamun received second-place honors by scoring a 9.875.

"We did a much better job of sticking our landings on vault and bars," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "We went six-for-six on bars and I was just ecstatic the way our kids put the heat on in the beginning." 

In the third rotation, the Cyclones were led by Powell's first-place performance that resulted in a season-high 9.925 on beam. Ashley Alden recorded a career-high 9.90 to claim second place honors. Anson also tallied a season-high 9.850 to share third place with OSU's Claire Pierce. Ashley Kent, ISU's lone freshman competitor also finished in the top-five, scoring 9.825.

"That was the best beam routine I've ever seen Ashley Alden do in a beam competition," Kindler said. "She struggled in warm-ups and did a great job of putting that behind her."

ISU moved to the floor with a 147.175-145.975 lead over OSU. Powell and Anson anchored the Cyclone's 49.175-48.850 victory by notching a 9.900 to share first place. Kvach tied a season high with a 9.825 to split second place with Oregon State's Jami Lanz and Angela Morales. 

The Cyclones swept the all-around for the fourth time this season as Anson's 39.400 claimed first-place honors for her third time. Dethloff took second, posting a 38.800 score while Kvach shared third with OSU's Lanz at 38.775.

ISU's victory marked the 14th straight win at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones haven't lost at home since 2003.

Iowa State will have the day off before playing host to No. 8 Nebraska Sunday at 2 p.m. The meet vs. the Huskers will be donned "Beauty and the Beast," as the seventh-ranked Cyclone wrestlers also take on Nebraska in Hilton Coliseum simultaneously.


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