Cyclones Down No. 22 Minnesota On Senior Night
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State gymnastics team utilized its season-best score to roll past No. 22 Minnesota 195.975-195.150 Sunday in Hilton Coliseum. The event also served as Senior Night, and the Cyclones' three seniors Shea Anderson, Michelle Browning and Celine Paulus delivered memorable performances. Browning won the all-around with a career-high-tying 39.350 and also tied for top honors on floor with a season-best 9.875. Paulus won bars with a career-high 9.900 effort, the Cyclones top score on the event this season. Anderson produced a season-best 9.800 on floor.
Iowa State (5-5 overall, 0-2 Big 12) won four event titles on the evening. In addition to Browning and Paulus' event crowns, freshman Caitlin Brown tied for the meet's top tally on beam with a 9.825. Minnesota (5-8) gymnast Kayla Schleta won the vault title with a score of 9.850.
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.
The Cyclones started the meet off in strong fashion with a near-season-best 48.975 on vault. Browning (9.825), Brown (9.825) and Megan McDonald (9.800) led the way for the Cyclone outfit. McDonald's score equaled her career high and Shealy also tied her season best on the event with a 9.775.
Iowa State was on bars during the second rotation and tallied a season-high 49.050. McDonald (9.800) and Shealy (9.775) tied their season-high scores. Browning chipped in with another strong score of 9.850.
Beam was Iowa State's third event, and the Cyclones produced a 48.775 score. Brown tied her career high, while Browning (9.800) and Shealy (9.775) buoyed the Iowa State effort.
Iowa State closed the competition on floor and scored a season-high 49.175, its highest tally on any event this season. In addition to Browning's 9.875, the Cyclones had season-high scores from Anderson (9.800) and Elizabeth Stranahan (9.850). Michelle Shealy delivered her fourth 9.775 on the evening, while Brown delivered her third strong effort with 9.825.
Shealy placed second to Browning in the all-around with a score of 39.100, her best of 2012.
The Cyclones face Minnesota on March 10 at 6 p.m. CST in Minneapolis, Minn.