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Iowa State Travels to Denver for Tri-Meet – Iowa State University Athletics

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Who: No. 19 Iowa State (2-3, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 9 Denver (7-2, 0-2 Big 12), SE Missouri State (4-5-1, 0-0 MIC)

Where: Magness Arena (6,026) – Denver, Colo.

When: Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 – 2:45 p.m.

           

Leading Off: No. 19 Iowa State travels to Denver, Colo to compete in a tri-meet against No. 9 Denver and SEMO. The Cyclones will look to bounce back after last week, and they will have to do it against their stiffest competition yet.

The Cyclones are looking for their second conference win against Denver on the road. They are also set to compete with SE Missouri State. ISU currently holds the all-time series lead against the Redhawks 12-5 with the last time they met being a Cyclone win in 2022.

ISU is looking to bounce back after their loss to Boise State in which they scored 195.550. Before this meet they had three consecutive total scores of 196 and will look to get back those performances. The Cyclones will be seeing their toughest competition of the season with top 10 ranked Denver being the host of this tri-meet.

Storylines:

  • Iowa State lost on the road last Friday to Boise State by a score of 195.550-196.525.
  • Kaia Parker led the way for ISU with her vault exercise scoring 9.925.

    • This is the highest score of the season on vault for the Cyclones and Bergstrom’s new career high.

  • Noelle Adams continues her consistent performances week in and week out. She was able to amass two more 9.9’s and scored a 9.875 on vault.

    • Adams now has eight 9.9 scores this season.

  • Iowa State’s Hannah Loyim had a solid all-around score of 39.250 going up against her twin sister.

    • This was topped by her bars score of 9.875 followed closely from her floor routine garnering a 9.850.

From the Notes:

  • Noelle Adams secured her second Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after a new career high on beam and tying her career high on floor for the 4th time.
  • Josie Bergstrom has been consistent on vault all season long. This has pushed her all the way up to the 12th ranked vaulter in the country. This is highlighted by her most recent score of 9.925.
  • Paige Wills continues to impress. The young freshman tied her career high on bars with a 9.825 against the Broncos.
  • The Cyclones come in ranked 22nd on Road to Nationals with their top event ranking being vault where they place 19th nationally.

Switching Sides to the Pioneers:

  • Head Coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart is entering her 26th year at the helm of Denver gymnastics.
  • Denver comes into this meet ranked No. 9 on Road to Nationals while also being top 10 in three events.
  • The Pioneers are on of the top teams in the country. In their most recent meet against Towson, they scored a 198.000. This marked a season high for them.
  • Denver has seen three Big 12 Newcomer of the Week awards (Madison Ulrich), One Event Specialist Award (Mia Hebink on bars), and one Gymnast of the Week award (Jessica Hutchinson)
  • Rinehart brought in four freshmen to pair with their 11 returnees.

Switching Sides to the Redhawks:

  • Head Coach Ashley Lawson is entering her 5th year at the helm at SE Missouri State.
  • SEMO comes in ranked 50th on RTN. Their top event is bars where they are 45th in the country.
  • Their top score of the year is a 197.050 in the Tennessee Collegiate Classic quad-meet. This had them placed third in that meet.
  • The Redhawks have three 9.925 on floor this year. These have come from Lydia Webb, Madison Greene, and Taylor Ingle.
  • Lawson brought in five freshmen to pair up with their 13 returnees.

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