Traveling from Iowa State to Raleigh for a meeting with four

Traveling from Iowa State to Raleigh for a meeting with four

WHO: 32 Iowa State (5-8, 2-2 Big 12) at 24 North Carolina State (6-4, 6-0 ACC), Northern Illinois (7-8-1, 1-4 MAC) and Temple (9-9 , 1-2 EAGLE)

Where: James T. Valvano Arena (5,500) – Raleigh, North Carolina

When: Saturday, March 2, 2024 – 3:00 p.m

Take away: No. 32 Iowa State will end its long road streak in Raleigh with a quadruple meet. They will compete against No. 24 North Carolina State, Northern Illinois and Temple. This is a big meet for the Cyclones as they should start climbing the NQS rankings as the season ends.

The Cyclones look to get back on the road on Saturday. They have failed to reach the 196 mark since January. While in Logan in the Utah State quad, they were very close with their team score of 195.950. They will need to improve on this result to move up in the standings. They currently sit at 32n.d in the latest NQS rankings. They must finish in the top 36 to make a regional. ISU will see 24th ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack this weekend. It will be a good test for them to compete against a highly rated team.

The Cyclones posted many career highs along the way, incl Emily Hong who set a new career high on the floor in back-to-back meetings. First at Utah State she had a 9.775 and then at Cedar City she scored a 9.825. Freshman Come Shell also saw a new career high on bars with a 9.825, with one judge even putting her at a 9.9. Then to end it all Noel Adams set two new career highs while at Utah. First on the floor with the amazing 9.95 routine. She followed that up with a 9.925 to complete the trip on beam. Head coach Ashley Miles Greig wants to see them along with others continue to step up to help the Cyclones return to their early season form.

storylines:

  • Iowa State placed third in the quad meet at Utah State with a score of 195.950.
    • Boise State scored 197.025, Utah State scored 196.275 and Texas Woman’s 195.425.
  • In Cedar City, the Cyclones lost to Southern Utah by scores of 195.700-196.500.
  • Emily Hong set back-to-back career highs on floor in those meets with 9.775 and 9.825. The Cyclones need her to continue hitting those goals.
  • ISU is coming off a heavy weekend with two meets in four days. They hope that these few days of rest will help them raise their scores again.

From the notes:

  • Noel Adams win her 3rd Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after her floor routine garnered a 9.95 and beam score of 9.925.
  • Josie Bergstrom is 20th ranked leaper in the country. At Utah State, she scored a 9.875 on that event.
  • Both Rachel Wilk and Madeline Manternach stepped up on the road and tied their career highs on floor with a score of 9.85.
  • The Cyclones are ranked 32ndn.d on the Road to Nationals, with their highest finish in the event being vault where they placed 20th nationally.

Switching Sides to the Wolf Pack:

  • Head coach Kim Landrus is entering his 7thth year at the helm of North Carolina State Gymnastics.
  • North Carolina State enters this meet ranked 24thth and will look to continue climbing the rankings. Their best finish at the event is 22ndn.d is a vault.
  • The Wolfpack’s best score of the year was a 197.575 recently against Clemson. Most recently they scored a 196.850 against Pitt.
  • North Carolina State’s top gymnast this season is their all-arounder, Emily Shepard, who has an all-around average score of 39.381.
  • White brought in seven freshmen to pair with their 14 returnees.

Switching sides to the Huskies:

  • Head coach Sam Moreale is entering his 13th yearth season as head coach at Northern Illinois.
  • NIU falls to No. 52n.d of RTN. Their best event was vault where they placed 32ndn.d.
  • Their highest score of the year is 196.400, which they received in January. Most recently they scored 195,800.
  • The Huskies’ top gymnast this year is their all-arounder, Isabella Sisi. She has an average all-around score of 39.050.
  • NIU boasts a very large roster of 24 gymnasts. Seven of which are freshmen.

Switch sides to owls:

  • Head coach Hilary Steele is in it 2n.d year at the helm of the Owls.
  • In Temple’s last tri-meet, they saw a score of 195.525. This was their highest rated score in the month of February.
  • The Owls have a roster of 24 athletes, 10 of whom are freshmen.
  • This will be the third time ISU and Temple have competed against each other, with the last meeting coming in 2022 when ISU fell 194.075-194.525.

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