No. 24 Iowa State Concludes Season At NCAA Regional
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The No. 24 Iowa State gymnastics team saved its best performance of the night for its last rotation of the season with a 49.025 score on floor. However, the Cyclones previous mistakes could not be overcome and Iowa State scored 193.350 en route to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional. No. 8 Utah (196.825) placed first ahead of No. 5 Nebraska (196.525), No. 17 Minnesota (194.800), Arizona State (194.400) and San Jose State (193.400).
Iowa State (5-13-1 overall, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) had four gymnasts tally 9.800 or higher on floor to close out the meet. Senior Celine Paulus led the way with a 9.850, just ahead of sophomore Michelle Shealy (9.825), junior Elizabeth Stranahan (9.825) and Caitlin Brown (9.800).
"Tonight was not indicative of how well have performed this season," Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne said. "I am disappointed with our performance tonight, but it does not take away from what was an enjoyable season. I would have liked to have shown all the fans here tonight just how talented we are, but tonight was not a reflection of our abilities."
Shealy had a superb evening scoring team highs on beam (9.825) and bars (9.750). Shealy tied for second on beam at the competition, while Nebraska's Emily Wong won the event with a 9.875 tally.
Paulus' 9.850 on floor earned her a tie for fifth place on the event. Kyndal Roberts (Utah) and Jessie DeZiel (Nebraska) won floor with 9.900 scores.
The Cyclones began the night on vault and registered a strong 48.750 on the apparatus. Paulus led the way with a 9.800 tally. Deziel won vault with a 9.950 tally.
Iowa State rotated to bars for its second event and Shealy tied with Henrietta Green for the team-high score of 9.750. The Cyclones tallied 48.425 on the event. Utah's Georgia Dabritz won the bars title with a 9.900 effort.
Beam proved to be a trying event for Iowa State, as the Cyclones registered 46.950. Shealy's 9.825 was the team's top score, while Hailey Johnson delivered a 9.725 effort.
With the conclusion of its season, Iowa State seniors Shea Anderson, Michelle Browning and Celine Paulus end their Cyclone careers. All three were key performers for Iowa State and have accomplishments that would make almost any gymnast envious.