Ronayne Reveals Team Awards At Annual Banquet
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State gymnastics team celebrated its 2012 season with the annual team banquet at the Alumni Center Friday, and the coaching staff announced the team awards at the event.
Senior Michelle Browning earned the Janet Anson Key Player Award for the second-straight year. The Houston, Texas, native had the best statistical season of her career, as she finished the year ranked No. 24 nationally in the all-around. Browning registered new career highs in the all-around (39.425) and bars (9.875), while matching her career-high tally on vault (9.875).
Freshman Caitlin Brown was named the team's newcomer of the year. The Apple Valley, Minn., native posted season-high scores of 9.825 on vault, 9.825 on beam and 9.850 on floor during her debut season. Brown competed on vault, beam and floor in the final 11 Cyclone meets of the season.
Sophomore Megan McDonald was tabbed the most improved gymnast of the year. The Woodbridge, Va., native was a solid contributor on both vault and bars after not competing during her freshman campaign. McDonald registered season-high scores of 9.800 on both vault and bars.
Senior Celine Paulus earned the Sky High Award for registering the most career-best scores during the season. Paulus had new career marks on vault (9.950), bars (9.900), floor (9.900) and the all-around (39.500) in 2012. Paulus won the Big 12 vault title with a 9.950 effort, the highest ever score on the apparatus by a Cyclone at the Big 12 Championship.
Junior Elizabeth Stranahan earned the team's Rock Award for being the most consistent performer in 2012. Stranahan was a key contributor to the Cyclone floor lineup and did not record a fall on the event. Stranahan concluded the season with a 9.766 average on floor.
Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne concluded the award's announcements by unveiling next season's captains. Stranahan will serve for the second-straight year and will be joined by Hailey Johnson.