No. 7 Iowa State (9-2 overall, 3-0 Big 12 duals), travels to 20th-ranked Minnesota (8-2 overall, 1-0 Big Ten duals) to take on the Gophers at 6 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday ... Iowa State will host Minnesota for the second-straight time, this time in Ames on March 3 ... Cyclone fans can follow all the gymnastics action online via livestats at www.gophersports.com.
About Iowa State
Iowa State remains at No. 7 in the latest rankings despite defeating 19th-ranked Oregon State and No. 8 Nebraska in Hilton Coliseum over the weekend...the Cyclones are now a perfect 6-0 in duals and have defeated all three Big 12 opponents, two of which were on the road (Missouri, Oklahoma)...with the win over the Huskers, ISU has now won 15-consecutive duals in Hilton Coliseum ... Iowa State is ranked in the Top 10 in every event, the only Big 12 team to achieve that feat ... the Cyclones' floor lineup is ranked fifth in the nation and they continue to put together solid routines, scoring 49.125 or higher in five-consecutive meets ... three-time All-American Janet Anson is ranked third in the nation on floor (9.885), fourth in the all-around (39.230) and ninth on vault (9.870) ... senior Erin Dethloff won her third all-around title of the season this weekend in ISU's win over Nebraska ... both Dethloff and Anson defeated NU's Emily Parsons in the all-around, the same gymnast who has won Big 12 Gymnast of the Week four-of-the-last-seven times.
Minnesota is listed at No. 20 in the GymInfo rankings for the fifth straight week ... in the event-by-event rankings, the Gophers are listed among the Top 25 in two of the four events ... this week, the Gophers came in at No. 23 on vault, No. 31 on bars, No. 26 on beam and No. 16 on floor .. Iowa State will be the third team in the Top 10 that the Gophers have competed against this year (Utah, Michigan) ... the floor has been a strong event for Minnesota and this year is no different as the Gophers hold their highest team ranking on the event ... in its last meet vs. Utah, three Minnesota gymnasts placed in the top five ... Laura Johnson was the top scorer for the Gophers, earning a 9.50 to tie for second place ... Ashley Stanton had her best floor score of the season, a 9.800 to tie for fifth ... Maria Opsahl also scored a 9.800 to tie for fifth on the event.
Cyclones vs. Gophers...Last Time Out
Iowa State's women's gymnastics team ended the 2005 regular season undefeated at Hilton Coliseum with a victory over the Minnesota Gophers (197.000-194.750) . The score set a new season-high team score in a meet where six Cyclones matched or broke previous records in the victory. Cyclone junior Laura-Kay Powell claimed first in vault competition with a score of 9.900. Sophomore Janet Anson took second with 9.875. Junior Erin Dethloff shared third-place honors with Gophers sophomore Laura Johnson (9.875). Katie Lasher tied a season high 9.8 in her fifth-place tie with Minnesota senior Carolyn Yernberg. Cyclone freshman Lindsey Murphy set a career high on vault (9.750) as she shared eighth place with Gopher sophomore Kim Womack. Iowa State swept the top-five on bars en route to a season high-team score of 49.325. Anson led the way while matching a career high (9.90). Dethloff and Powell recorded scores of 9.875, sharing second place honors. Junior Kacey Oiness set a new career high on bars (9.95) in her fourth place finish. Rounding out the top-five was sophomore Ashley Alden, who also set a career best (9.825). Dethloff and Powell again shared honors, taking first on the beam as each tied season high scores of 9.90. Anson also matched a season high score (9.825) in her tie for third with Gopher freshman Ashley Mutchler. Cyclone senior Abigail Richey, competing in her final home meet, notched a 9.775 in her eighth place finish. The Cyclones finished the night setting a season high team score on the floor (49.475) as Erin Dethloff set a season high (9.95) in her first-place finish. Anson matched a season high (9.925) capturing second. Powell took third matching her season high (9.90) as well. Oiness seized fourth (9.875) with a new season best. Minnesota's Yernberg took fifth (9.850) and ISU's Ashley Alden tied a career high (9.825) in her sixth place finish. ISU swept the all-around as Dethloff and Powell shared first (39.575) and Anson took third (39.525).
Cyclones Pull in Consecutive Big 12 Gymnasts of the
In consecutive weeks, Iowa State has had a gymnast win Big 12 Gymnast of the week honors ... this week it was Senior Erin Dethloff who won the all-around, bars and beam vs. Nebraska and both vault and bars vs. Oregon State ... Dethloff posted season-highs on vault (9.900) and floor (9.875) over the weekend and her 9.925 on bars vs. OSU is the highest score on that event for any ISU competitor this season ... teammate Janet Anson took the award the previous week as she won the all-around (season high 39.425) and vault (9.900, season high) in ISU's upset over No. 6 Oklahoma ... the junior also tied for second on bars (9.850) and tied for third on floor (9.875).
Prior to its meet vs. Nebraska, the 2006 Cyclones had improved their team score in every competition so far this season ... in a seven-meet stretch (Super Six, six other duals), ISU has gone from a 194.050 in the Super Six to a 196.375 recently vs Oregon State, more than two full points of improvement.
Consistency is the Name of the Game
Iowa State's trio of Janet Anson, Erin Dethloff and Laura-Kay Powell have been named All-American a combined nine times ... in the last four meets, the three have scored 9.800 or higher in 43-of-the-last-48 routines, truly an impressive feat ... Anson and Dethloff are both 14-of-18 while Powell is 11-of-12.
With its win over then-No. 8 Nebraska, Iowa State has now defeated all three Big 12 schools in head-to-head duals ... by defeating the Huskers, ISU avenged a NU win at the Super Six, which staged three top-tier SEC powers (LSU, Alabama and Auburn) as the `Clones finished third, just behind Nebraska and Alabama.
Breaking the Top 10
For the first time this season, ISU has all events ranked in the Top 10, the highest coming with a No. 5 floor ranking ... the `Clones are ranked ninth on bars, beam and vault and pulled down a No. 7 overall ranking.
Rankings Now Based on RQS
Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts are ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastics teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 9-Feb. 16, teams were ranked by their total season average.
Iowa State returned to Hilton Coliseum for its first home meet vs. Oregon State and had not competed in Ames since a Jan. 13 victory over Illinois ... prior to the OSU meet, ISU had been on the road for three-consecutive meets and came away victorious in all of them, including upsetting the No. 7 and No. 6 ranked schools in Missouri and Oklahoma in back-to-back weeks.
The Friendly Confines
Iowa State has won 15-consecutive home meets dating back to 2004 and has defeated Illinois, Oregon State and Nebraska in its only two meets at Hilton Coliseum.
ISU had struggled on the beam prior to its conference opening dual at Missouri ... Iowa State defeated a strong beam squad in No. 19 Oregon State 48.950-48.375 ... ISU capitalized on Oklahoma miscues, sealing the meet with a 49.075 to OU's 48.750 ... the Cyclones stepped up in a big way vs. Missouri, posting a season-high 49.100 to defeat the Tiger's 49.000 ... MU entered the meet as the No. 4-ranked beam squad.
Iowa State has steadily improved over the last five meets ... the Cyclones scored 49.000 or higher on three events vs. Oregon State, Oklahoma and scored 49.000+ on vault, beam and floor for the first time this season vs. Missouri ... ISU had no events 49.000+ at the Super Six or vs. Illinois, but had one vs. Iowa
Gymnasts Clinch Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series
Iowa State clinched the 2005-06 Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series title Jan. 28 by virtue of a 195.700-193.375 gymnastics victory in Iowa City ... the win by the 15th-ranked Cyclone gymnasts increases ISU's lead in the series to 11-4. Two athletic events, each worth two points, remain in the series, along with the potential for two additional points for academic success. With only six points left to be awarded, ISU's current seven-point lead will guarantee victory. 2005-06 is the second year of the series. Iowa claimed last year's cup by a score of 13-8.
Mari Rae Sopper Award Recipients
Mari-Rae Sopper was an Iowa State gymnast from 1984-88. Sopper was aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and was tragically killed. In honor of Mari-Rae Sopper's contributions and the sport of gymnastics, an award has been set up by her family in honor of her name. Her love for the sport was recognized by all. Two weeks before her death, she had decided to leave her career as a lawyer to accept a head coaching position at the University of California-Santa Barbara in order to fulfill her dream of coaching. She touched many lives through her enthusiasm and dedication for our sport. The "Mari-Rae-Sopper Outstanding Performance Award" will be given away each meet to the Iowa State Cyclone gymnast whose performance captivated and inspired coaches, teammates and fans at each home meet.
On the Deuce
The Super Six was televised via tape-delay on ESPN2 on January 15 in front of a national viewing audience.
Freshman Ashley Kent made her collegiate debut at the Super Six and has been the only newcomer who is a regular in the Cyclone lineup ... she collected a 9.775 score on bars at the Super Six and a career-high 9.850 on the beam vs. Missouri and a 9.850 vs. Oregon State ... the Calgary native was the 2004 Canadian National beam champion ... senior Krystal Carney made her season debut on bars in ISU's win over Oklahoma and posted a season-high 9.775 on the event in the following meet vs. Oregon State.
Big 12 Gymnastics 10th Anniversary Team
The Big 12 is selecting 10th anniversary teams for its sports in 2005-06 in celebration of its 10th Anniversary season. The Gymnastics team will be selected by the league's head coaches and announced on March 22. In order to be eligible for the ballot, gymnasts must have won an event title at a conference championship.
Iowa State Will Host 2006 NCAA Regional
Iowa State University will play host to at 2006 NCAA Regional for the first time in school history ... the event will take place on April 8, 2006 at 6 p.m ... tickets are available at www.cyclones.com.