No. 5 Iowa State (11-2 overall, 3-0 Big 12 duals), travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the 10th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers ... for the second time in three weeks, ISU will be competing twice in the same weekend ... the Cyclones posted their best score of the season with a 196.650 vs. Minnesota on Friday ... Iowa State fans can follow all the action online via livestats at www.huskers.com.
About Iowa State
Iowa State (11-2 overall, 3-0 Big 12 duals) has jumped two spots to No. 5 in the latest GymInfo rankings, which were released on Monday. The No. 5 ranking ties the program's second-highest place in the polls in school history. The 2004 team was ranked fourth for the week of Jan. 19, and also ranked No. 5 from Jan. 26 -Feb. 9.
Iowa State won its eighth-consecutive home meet with its in over Minnesota ... the Cyclones shattered their previous meet best by three-tenths of a point, scoring a 196.650 vs. the Gophers Friday ... Janet Anson won three event titles on vault (9.975), bars (9.850), and floor (9.925) ... the Kansas City, Mo., native, won the all-around with a season and Iowa State-high 39.525 ... Anson's vault score tied the second-best score in school history, just shy of the perfect 10.0 she and Shelly Kringen (1999-2002) scored ... ISU's trio of All-Americans, Janet Anson, Erin Dethloff and Laura-Kay Powell have provided their usual consistency, hitting on 69-of-75 routines combined in their last six meets ... Anson is ranked fourth on the floor (9.895), fifth in the all-around (39.330) and 10th on the vault (9.880) ... Dethloff is ranked in the Top 20 on bars, floor and the all-around while Powell is ranked 11th on floor and 12th on beam.
In addition, the Cyclones' floor squad ranks third in the nation, with an RQS of 49.180, trailing SEC powers Georgia and LSU. Iowa State ranks 11th on vault (49.035), 10th on bars (48.920) and eighth on beam (48.880).
With last Sunday's 195.25 first-place finish in the Master's Classic, the Huskers improved to 11-4-1 on the season while scoring a 49.000 on vault and bars, stretching their home unbeaten streak at the Devaney Sports Center to 60 meets ... Iowa State tied Nebraska 198-all on March 14, 2004 and Michigan tied NU 195.675-195.675 earlier this season ... this is the closest any team has gotten on the Husker's home floor since 1993 ... Nebraska swept the individual titles at the Master's Classic as sophomore Emily Parsons finished first on vault (9.900) and floor (9.875) on the way to her fourth all-around title of the year (38.750) ... Parsons has won Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honors four times this season.
Cyclones vs. Huskers..Series Info/Last Time
Iowa State is 11-76-1 all-time vs. Nebraska, but has gone 4-2-1 in the last seven meetings ... In the last meeting between the two schools, then-No.7 ISU defeated eighth-ranked NU 196.025-195.600 in front of a record crown of 3,141. The Cyclones held off a late charge by the Huskers and claimed its second-straight win at home after three-consecutive road contests. The event was donned "Beauty and the Beast" as the seventh-ranked Iowa State wrestling squad also took on the Huskers simultaneously.
The Cyclones, ranked seventh nationally on floor, needed a rally in the fourth rotation on its best event to defeat the Huskers. Nebraska led 146.775-146.750 after three events, but clutch 9.90 performances by Iowa State All-Americans Janet Anson and Laura-Kay Powell led to first place honors on floor, sealing an ISU victory. Senior Erin Dethloff also helped the comeback effort with a season-high 9.875 to claim fourth place. Redshirt sophomore Jade Kvach tied a season high 9.825 to split sixth with NU's Desire' Sniatynski. NU's Emily Parson earned a share of first also scoring 9.90.
ISU started the day strong on the vault and scored a season-high 49.300, tying the eighth- highest team score in school history. Anson, the 2005 national runner-up on vault, took first place with a season-high 9.95, the highest individual vault score for any Cyclone this season. Dethloff (9.90) and Powell (9.850) also set season highs to place third and fourth, respectively. Senior Jessica Oney was the fourth Cyclone to record a season high, posting 9.80 in a three-way tie with junior Katie Lasher and Nebraska's Stephanie Carter for fifth. Husker Emily Parsons took second with a 9.925.
On bars, ISU's 48.950 tied the second highest team score of the season. Dethloff led the way with her second 9.90 of the day to win the event. Kvach tallied a 9.825 for a new season best and fifth-place finish. Nebraska's Desire' Sniatynski received second place scoring 9.875, while fellow Huskers Michele Zabawa and Vanessa Meloche tied for third with 9.850.
The Cyclones led 98.250-97.900, heading into the third rotation on beam and Dethloff continued to step up, taking first with a 9.825. Anson, the reigning Big 12 Gymnast of the Week and Powell, shared second, posting 9.800 along with Sniatynski. Kvach scored a season-high 9.775 which put her in a three-way knot for fifth with Nebraska's Parsons and Kylie Stone.
Dethloff took home all-around honors for the third time, tallying a season-high 39.500. Anson claimed second place, tying her season high with a 39.425. Kvach broke the 39.00 mark for the second time this season, putting up a fourth-place 39.200. Parsons, who has won Big 12 Gymnast of the Week four of six times this season, placed third for the Huskers with a 39.300.
Iowa State avenged an earlier loss to NU at the Super Six in the first meet of the year and improved to 6-0 in duals. Sunday's victory came on one days rest, after a 196.350-194.350 defeat of No. 19 Oregon State.
ISU on Pace to Set Best Record in School
With its win over Minnesota on Friday, the Cyclones have now won eight consecutive duals and are now tied for the second-best score in school history ... the 2004 squad also started 11-2 while the 1976 team finished the regular season 12-0.
Pursuing the Perfect 10
Junior Janet Anson recorded a 9.975 on a Yurchenko layour one-and-a-half twist last time out on vault vs. Minnesota, just shy of a perfect 10 ... Anson tied her own score for the second-highest vault in school histroy ... the Kansas City, Mo., native, and Shelly Kringen (1999-2002) hold the only perfect 10s in school history ... Anson recorded her 10 back on 3-14-04 in Lincoln.
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 six meets, the three have scored 9.800 or higher in 63-of-the-last-73 routines, truly an impressive feat ... Anson and Dethloff are both 21-of-26 while Powell is 17-of-19.
Back in the All-Around
Senior Laura-Kay Powell competed in the all-around for the first time this season in ISU's last meet vs. Minnesota ... the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, native, scored a 39.150 her first time out ... Powell had not competed on bars due to a sore elbow and scored a 9.700.
Cyclones Pull in Consecutive Big 12 Gymnasts of the
In consecutive weeks prior to its meet vs. Minnesota, Iowa State has had a gymnast win Big 12 Gymnast of the week honors ... Last 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).
The 2006 Cyclones had improved their team score in almost every competition so far this season ... in a seven-meet stretch (Super Six, six other duals), ISU went from a 194.050 in the Super Six to a 196.650 recently vs Minnesota, more than two full points of improvement ... With its 196.650 score vs. Minnesota, ISU has scored 196.000 or higher in six-consecutive duals.
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.
Floor Team One of the Best in the Nation
With its 49.150 score vs. Minnesota, the ISU floor team is now ranked third in the nation (49.180 RQS) ... the Cyclones are eighth on bars (48.920), 10th on beam (48.880) and 11th on vault (49.035).
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.
The fifth-ranked Cyclones are a perfect 4-0 in gymnastics road duals ... before its meet vs. Minnesota, 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 16-consecutive home meets dating back to 2004 and has defeated Illinois, Oregon State, Nebraska and Minnesota in its four meets at Hilton Coliseum.
ISU had struggled on the beam prior to its conference opening dual at Missouri ... Iowa State scored a season-high 49.250 vs. Minnesota ... the Cyclones posted their second-highest beam score of the season with a 49.050 at Minnesota ... Iowa State defeated a strong beam squad in No. 19 Oregon State 48.950-48.375 ... ISU capitalized on Oklahoma miscues, sealing the meet on beam 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 six meets ... after its win over Minnesota on Friady, the Cyclones have scored 49.000 or higher on three of four events in six-consecutive meets.