Anderson, Browning and Paulus Set For Senior Night
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State senior gymnasts Shea Anderson, Michelle Browning and Celine Paulus will have one final opportunity to perform in front of the Hilton Coliseum faithful at Sunday's senior night, and all three are hoping to provide a lasting impression on the fans that have supported them the past four years.
Anderson Makes the Most of an Opportunity
When Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne offered Anderson the opportunity to compete for the Cyclones as a walk on, she saw it as a chance to perform for the school she grew up cheering for.
Through hard work and consistent performances in competition arena, Anderson was awarded a scholarship before her senior season, and her career numbers illustrate she has been well-deserving of the scholarship. She has competed on three events during her career at Iowa State, cracking the Cyclone floor lineup 39 times, vault on 27 occasions and beam at four meets.
Anderson boasts a career high of 9.850 on floor, although she notched 9.875 on an exhibition earlier this season. She has tallied 9.850 on vault and 9.750 on beam as a Cyclone.
Anderson is relishing the chance to still be able to compete one final time in Hilton.
"I'm excited for senior night to perform in Hilton in front of Cyclone Nation one last time," she said. "I'm really hoping to go out with a performance I am proud of and rewards all those who have supported me over the years."
Browning's Honors Say It All
A native of Houston, Texas, Browning has accumulated a resume that would make nearly any gymnast envious.
The 2011 Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, Browning has racked up a program-tying seven league gymnast of the week honors. Additionally, Browning qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships in the all-around but had to withdraw due to health concerns.
A two-time Cyclone co-captain, Browning has competed all-around for Iowa State at 32 consecutive meets since the beginning of her sophomore campaign. In addition to her all-around performances, she has been in the Iowa State vault and floor lineups 13 times and on the beam squad on 10 occasions.
Browning currently has career highs of 9.875 on vault, 9.875 on bars, 9.875 on beam, 9.925 on floor and 39.350 in the all-around.
While her past performances are certainly impressive, Browning is only focusing on her next meet.
"Senior night is something you look forward to, but you are never really ready for it," Browning said. "My experience as a part of Cyclone gymnastics has been nothing short of incredible. I'm looking forward to having one final chance to perform in front of our great fans Sunday."
Paulus Saves Her Best For Last
A steady contributor during her first three seasons at Iowa State, Paulus has had a senior season that few Cyclones could rival.
The Yorba Linda, Calif., native has notched new career highs on vault (9.950), floor (9.900) and all-around (39.375) while equaling her best performance on bars (9.850) this season. She has hit 9.850 on beam in 2012, just off her career-high tally on the apparatus of 9.875.
Paulus' 9.950 vault at Denver on Feb. 4 tied her for the fourth-best score in Cyclone history on the event, and her 39.375 in the all-around was the highest tally by an Iowa State gymnast since April 14, 2007.
Paulus has competed all-around 12 times for Iowa State. In addition to her all-around performances, she has been on the Cyclone vault team on 17 occasions, beam 18 times and floor 21 times.
While Paulus can hardly wait to compete in front of the Iowa State fans one last time, she admits to having mixed emotions.
"It is bittersweet because I am excited to move on to the next chapter of my life, but my four years here have been such an exciting challenge," Paulus said. "I am really lucky to have such great support, and I am excited because I will have a number of family and friends coming to senior night. We have such great fans and Hilton Coliseum is a fantastic place to compete. I am looking forward to having one more opportunity to perform there."
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