ISU Posts Season-High Score In Win Over NIU
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State gymnastics team (3-5 overall, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) continued its season-long improvement Friday night at Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones downed Northern Illinois (3-3 overall) 195.175-194.375. Iowa State's team score was its highest this season and topped the Huskies' top tally this season.
The Cyclones took top honors on three events (bars, beam and floor) at the meet. Junior Camille Santerre-Gervais posted her season-high score of 9.875 on bars en route to the event title. Junior Michelle Shealy won beam with a season-high-tying 9.875 and junior Milan Ivory was the floor champion with a career-best 9.875 effort. Northern Illinois' Jaelyn Olsen won vault (9.875) and the Huskies' Kim Gotlund took top honors in the all-around with a 38.900 mark.
Iowa State's season-best team score was buoyed by its highest tally of the campaign on floor (49.025). The Cyclones' floor effort was their highest score on any event this season.
Shealy's 9.875 beam effort earned her the meet's Mari-Rae Sopper Award that goes to the Iowa State gymnast whose performance inspired her coaches, teammates and fans.
In addition to Ivory's career-best floor performance, Iowa State had a number of gymnast's set new personal bests. Shealy added to her impressive night with a career high on bars (9.850). Freshman Sara Townsend tied her career high on both vault (9.750) and floor (9.775). Fellow freshman Alex Marasco equaled her best performance on beam (9.800). Sammie Pearsall tied her career high on beam (9.750). Junior Henrietta Green's 9.850 floor score tied her personal best.
The Cyclones saw the return of a pair of gymnasts (Caitlin Brown and Kristen DeCosta). Brown had been sidelined since the season-opening meet and DeCosta was limited to action in only the Cyclones' second meet of the campaign. Brown competed on vault for ISU, and DeCosta was inserted into the Cyclones' bars lineup.
Iowa State continued its winning ways at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones have a 3-1 record at their home arena in 2013 with their only set back coming against No. 2 Oklahoma.
The Cyclones face Nebraska and Boise State in Lincoln, Neb. in their next meet. The competition is on Feb. 22 and set to begin at 6 p.m. CT in the Devaney Center.