ISU Takes Third At Its Regional; Shealy Advances
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Iowa State gymnastics team (8-14 overall, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) placed third at Saturday’s NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, but the Cyclones will have representation at the NCAA Championship. Junior Michelle Shealy advanced to the NCAA Championship in the all-around, marking the second time the Snellville, Ga., native has earned a spot in the national finals. No. 3 Alabama (197.400), placed first No. 9 Utah (196.400) took second, Iowa State (195.400) earned third place, No. 15 Denver (195.275) finished fourth, BYU (194.450) was fifth and No. 23 Kent State (193.500) notched sixth.
Iowa State’s third-place finish was its highest mark since taking third in 2009.
Shealy qualified individually in the all-around, scoring 39.050 in just her third appearance on the event this season. Shealy’s 39.050 score was her highest in the all-around this season. The Cyclone junior placed fifth in the all-around. The top two all-around finishers at the regional, not from a qualifying team, advance to the national championship.
Shealy also tied for sixth on beam (9.800) and seventh on bars (9.850).
The Cyclones connected on all 24 of their routines at the meet, meaning they did not have a fall. The meet marked the first time Iowa State did not record a fall this season at a competition. Iowa State’s team score was its third highest of the season.
There was a three-way tie for first on vault. Alabama’s Kayla Williams, Utah’s Georgia Dabritz and the Utes’ Tory Wilson all scored 9.925 on the apparatus.
Williams, Alabama’s Kim Jacobs, the Crimson Tide’s Ashley Priess, Dabritz and Alabama’s Kim Jacob posted 9.900 on bars to tie for first. Iowa State’s Camille Santerre-Gervais registered 9.875 to tie for fifth on the apparatus.
Jacob won the beam outright with a 9.950 effort. Shealy’s 9.800 was Iowa State’s top mark on beam.
Alabama’s Diandra Milliner and Utah’s Nansy Damianova tied for first on floor, scoring 9.925.
Priess won the all-around, scoring 39.600.
Junior Milan Ivory had an impressive meet, scoring 9.850 on both her events. Ivory’s 9.850 on vault earned her a tie for seventh, and she tied for ninth on floor. Junior Henrietta Green also scored 9.850 on floor to tie for ninth.
Shealy will begin competing April 19 at the NCAA Championship in Los Angeles in Pauley Pavilion.