Baylee was 2nd runner-up at Miss Iowa Teen USA 2016 and fourth runner-up in 2015, and was competing in her first Miss pageant. She also won Miss Photogenic. Kristen was third runner-up last year. Her sister Ally was Miss Iowa Teen USA 2009 and won Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 2009.
From what I can tell - happy to be corrected ;) - this is the first all-blonde duo Iowa has crowned since 1999!
The top 12 included 2017 Miss runner-up Brooke Stahlberg, 2017 Teen runner-up Jarika Eisenberger, 2018 semi-finalsits Randi Estabrook, Veronica Greene and Martina Hoogland (who has now been a semi-finalist five times), and past California contestant Taylor Cassady. A second two-time Miss Iowa runner-up Maggie Gehlsen also made the top 12.
Zeinab Ahmed won the Miss Congeniality award.
The top 16 were 2018 semi-finalists Faith Bourgeacq & Bianca Leewright and newcomers Morgan Border, Kaeja Garner, Gabriella Nelson, Erin Payton, Suzanne Thomas, Baylee Van Patten, Kenedy Wright.
1RU: Emmy Cuvelier
2RU: Morgan Kofoid (2RU 17, IA TUSA 13)
3RU: Jordan Foster (4RU 18, SF 15, SF 14)
4RU: Ashley Hoff (3RU 18, SF 16, NF 15, SF 14, SF IL TUSA 13, NF IL TUSA 12)
Taylor Cassady (NF CA USA 17, NF CA TUSA 14, NF 13)
Jarika Eisenberger (3RU IA TUSA 17, SF 16, SF 15, SF 14)
Randi Estabrook (SF 18)
Veronica Greene (SF 18, NF 17)
Martina Hoogland (SF 18, SF 17, SF IA TUSA 16, SF 15)
Brooke Stahlberg (SF 17, 4RU 16)
Congeniality: Zeinab Asghari
Photogenic: Baylee Drezek
1RU: Samantha Despotovich
2RU: Fabiola Gamboa-Garcia
3RU: Karlie Bown (NF 18, NF 17, NF 16)
4RU: Julianah Loutsch
Faith Bourgeacq (SF 18)
Bianca Leewright (SF 18, NF 17)
Baylee Van Patten
Congeniality: Fabiola Gamboa-Garcia
Photogenic: Julianah Loutsch