No. 1 Nebraska Downs Iowa State Gymnasts
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State gymnastics team showed marked improvement from its first meet of the season, but could not overcome No. 1 Nebraska Friday night inside Hilton Coliseum. The top-ranked Cornhuskers defeated the Cyclones 195.775-193.925 in front of 1,691 fans.
Iowa State (0-2, 0-1 Big 12) senior Celine Paulus continued her hot start to the campaign with a career-best 39.150 in the all-around. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native produced a team-best 9.850 on floor to round out her impressive night after scoring 9.825 on bars and 9.800 on beam. Paulus' 9.850 was good enough for second place on floor.
Paulus went on to win the meet's Marie-Rae Sopper Outstanding Performance Award" which goes to the Iowa State gymnast whose performance inspires and captivates the Cyclone coaches, teammates and fans.
Nebraska's Emily Wong and Jessie DeZiel tied for the beam title with scores of 9.875. The Huskers' Janelle Giblin tallied 9.900 on bars to win the title. DeZiel also won beam top honors with a 9.900 performance, and teammate Lora Evenstad won floor with a 9.900. Evenstad went on to win the all-around crown, tallying 39.450.
Freshman Caitlin Brown tallied 9.750 on vault, 9.775 on beam and 9.750 on floor in a solid Hilton Coliseum debut. Brown's 9.775 on beam tied her mark set at Missouri on Jan. 8
Iowa State got off to a strong start, scoring 48.650 on vault after tallying 47.825 at the season-opening meet against Missouri. After having to count falls on both bars and beam, the Cyclones concluded their night with a 48.950 on floor, bettering Nebraska's 48.875.
The meet marked the first time in Iowa State gymnastics history that the No. 1-ranked team in the country competed inside Hilton Coliseum. It also was only the third time in Cyclone history that Iowa State faced off with the nation's top squad.
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Michelle Shealy regained her form at the meet after a tough season-opening performance. Shealy scored 38.925 in the all-around, highlighted with a 9.775 on floor.
The Cyclones are back in action Jan. 27 when Iowa visits Hilton Coliseum. The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup is scheduled to being at 6:30 CST.
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