ISU Downs No. 12 Minnesota On Senior Day
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State gymnastics team (4-6 overall, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) celebrated Senior Day in grand style, downing 12th-ranked Minnesota (12-2) 195.550-195.025 Sunday at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones' team score was its best mark of the campaign, bettering their previous high of 195.175. With the win, Iowa State closed its 2013 home slate with a 4-1 mark and stayed unbeaten against Minnesota in the last five home contests.
The win over the 12th-ranked team in the country is the first time the Cyclones have defeated a squad ranked in the top 12 since downing No. 3 Florida and No. 11 Arizona State on April 21, 2006 in the NCAA Championship to push ISU to the Super Six.
Minnesota was unbeaten after its first 12 meets this season, its best start to a season in program history. The Gophers topped No. 1 Michigan on Jan. 26, 2013 as a part of its impressive start.
Iowa State junior Camille Santerre-Gervais won bars with a 9.850 effort. Minnesota's Jenny Covers took top honors in the all-around with a 38.950 score. The Golden Gophers' Lindsay Mable won the three remaining events, posting 9.875 on vault, 9.900 on beam and 9.900 on floor. Mable tied with Covers on vault for top honors.
The meet served as Senior Day to honor the careers of Elizabeth Stranahan and Jessica Rizzi. Stranahan tied for second in the all-around with a 38.900 score. Stranahan registered her second-highest all-around score in her career.
Iowa State posted a season-high 48.700 score on vault to start the meet. Sophomore Caitlin Brown registered the Cyclones' top score on the apparatus (9.800).
The Cyclones' nearly posted their season-high score on bars on their second rotation with a 48.925 effort. Megan McDonald's 9.800 score was just behind Santerre-Gervais' 9.850 score for the highest effort from a Cyclone.
For the third rotation, Iowa State tied its season-high score with a 48.875 tally on beam. Most importantly, ISU did not have a fall on the apparatus for the first time in 2013. Freshman Sammie Pearsall buoyed Iowa State's strong beam effort with a career-high 9.875 score. Pearsall's score earned her the Mari-Rae Sopper Award. Junior Hailey Johnson returned to the ISU beam lineup for the first time in 2013 and tallied a strong 9.800 effort. Michelle Shealy's 9.850 anchored Iowa State's impressive beam showing.
Iowa State competed on floor for its last rotation and delivered a season-high 49.050, the top score on any event in 2013 for ISU. The Cyclones had four gymnasts (Shealy, Stranahan, Henrietta Green and Milan Ivory) score at least 9.800. Green's 9.875 tally is a career best, and marks the fourth-straight meet the junior has scored at least 9.850 on floor.
The Cyclones travel to Iowa City on March 8 to face Iowa in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup. The competition is slated to begin at 7 p.m. CT in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.