Record Crowd Can't Push ISU Past No. 2 OU
AMES, Iowa - The largest crowd (7,732) to ever witness an Iowa State (2-4 overall, 0-1 Big 12 Conference) gymnastics competition saw the Cyclones post their season-high score (194.775), but second-ranked Oklahoma (11-0 overall, 2-0 Big 12) outpaced ISU with a 197.625 tally. The gymnastics competition was half of the Beauty and the Beast event where the Iowa State wrestlers defeated No. 20 Northern Iowa 23-12 Friday in Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones registered a season-best score on bars (48.950) and beam (48.825) that helped push them to their highest total team tally of the campaign.
Highlighting the Cyclones' strong performance on bars were juniors Megan McDonald and Camille Santerre-Gervais who both registered 9.850 on the apparatus. McDonald's tally was a career high on the event, while Santerre-Gervais posted a season-best effort.
Junior Michelle Shealy buoyed Iowa State's stellar effort on beam with a season-high 9.850 on the event.
Oklahoma won all event titles at the competition. Taylor Spears took top honors on beam (9.975). Haley Scaman posted a first-place finish on floor with a 9.950 effort. Erica Brewer delivered the highest bars score at 9.925. Keeley Kmieciak notched a 9.925 on vault to win the crown on the event. Spears won the all-around competition with a score of 39.575.
Shealy made her all-around debut for Iowa State and tallied a score of 38.875. Shealy's score ties her with Caitlin Brown for the highest all-around tally this season by a Cyclone.
Santerre-Gervais was named earned the Mari-Rae Sopper Award for her bars performance. The honor goes to the Cyclone gymnast who inspires fans, coaches and teammates at Iowa State home events.
The Cyclones have little time to prepare for their next competition. Iowa State travels to West Virginia for the first time in program history to face the Mountaineers Sunday at 2 p.m. CT at the WVU Coliseum.