Cyclones Fall At No. 12 Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Iowa State gymnastics team (3-8 overall, 1-1 Big 12) fell on the road to No. 12 Minnesota by a score of 197.250-193.725 on Saturday. Despite the loss, Cyclone gymnasts Michelle Shealy and Caitlin Brown each put up career-best scores on balance beam and vault, respectively. Brown also put up the second-highest all-around score of her career with a 39.250.
Three Cyclones scored over a 9.8 as Iowa State put up its second-highest score of the year on floor. Seniors Milan Ivory and Henrietta Green led the way in the third rotation with scores of 9.850, with Ivory's score matching an individual season-high. Brown, a junior, also scored a 9.825 for the Cyclones.
Brown was the story on vault for Iowa State. The junior from Apple Valley, Minn. put up a career-high score of 9.850 in the Cyclones' second rotation of the afternoon. It was also Iowa State's best individual score of the year on vault. Megan McDonald also scored a season-high 9.775 as the Cyclones had their second-best showing of the year on vault, with a score of 48.625.
Senior All-American Michelle Shealy tied a career-high in the Cyclones' final performance of the meet with a 9.9 on beam. It was the Cyclones' best individual score of the season in the event. Caitlin Brown also scored a 9.800 in Iowa State's final rotation of the afternoon. Iowa State put up a team score of 48.450 on beam.
Uneven Parallel Bars
McDonald and Brown had the strongest performances in Iowa State's first rotation. The duo had matching scores of 9.775, followed by Henrietta Green with a 9.725. Iowa State's team score on bars was a 47.600.
The Cyclones will be back in action to take on Iowa as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series on Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Friday's meet will be senior night for six Cyclone gymnasts.