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Paulus Wins Big 12 Vault Title; ISU Ties For Second

Release: 03/24/2012
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NORMAN, Okla. - Iowa State senior Celine Paulus won the vault title Saturday at the Big 12 Championship with a career-high-tying 9.950. The No. 25 Cyclones tied No. 19 Missouri for second place with a season-high score of 196.025 in the Lloyd Noble Center. No. 2 Oklahoma won the competition with a 197.475 tally.

Iowa State (5-8-1 overall, 0-2 Big 12) recorded its highest score at the Big 12 Championship since a 196.425 at the 2006 event, a tally that won the Cyclones the league crown.

"It was the best meet of the season so far and we deserved to have our highest score," Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne said. "They were very focused all day and throughout the meet. We competed as we expect the Cyclones to compete. This is exactly what we needed to build on as we get ready for the first round of the NCAA championship next weekend."

Paulus' 9.95 on vault is the highest score on the apparatus since Oklahoma's Kiera Redmond-Sturms tallied 9.95. Paulus' score ties for the second-highest in Big 12 Championship history, and equaled the fourth-highest mark in Iowa State history. Paulus went on to place third in the all-around with a 39.350 tally.

"Celine's vault was astounding," Ronayne said. "It was the best vault I have seen in the Big 12 Championship in my six years at Iowa State. I could not be more proud of her."

Paulus is first Cyclone to win the vault title outright.  Three other Iowa State gymnasts (Megan Barnes, Shelly Kringen and Abigail Richey) have tied for top honors on vault at the Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma's Megan Ferguson won the bars title with a 9.925 and beam with a 9.950. Missouri's Katelyn Trevino won floor with a 9.900 effort. The Sooner's Brie Olson took top honors in the all-around with a 39.500 effort.

In addition to a season-high overall team score, the Cyclones registered their best marks on both vault (49.250) and bars (49.200). Iowa State's vault score tied for the 18th highest in school history, while its bars mark is the Cyclones' best since a 49.350 effort against Iowa on Feb. 18, 2011.

The Cyclones saw a bevy of career-high scores at the event. Paulus, Michelle Browning (9.875), Caitlin Brown (9.825) and Megan McDonald (9.800) tied their best vault tally in their career.  Henrietta Green (9.875) and Hailey Johnson (9.825) set new career marks on bars, while Shealy (9.825) equaled her career best on the apparatus

Shealy registered a career-high-tying 39.150 in the all-around. Browning posted a solid 39.250 in the all-around.

The Cyclones will wait to learn their NCAA Regional fate.  Fans can watch the selection show on on Monday at 2 p.m. CDT to learn where Iowa State will compete for regional competition. 

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