Shealy Wins Beam Title At UCLA Quadrangular
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Iowa State junior gymnast Michelle Shealy had a career night, highlighted by winning the beam title at the Cyclones' four-team meet against No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 UCLA and California Sunday at Pauley Pavilion. Michigan (197.550) won the team event, with UCLA (197.075), California (194.925) and ISU (194.650) coming up behind the Wolverines.
Shealy's 9.875 mark on beam gave her first place, and the Cyclone junior also registered a career-high 9.900 mark on bars. Shealy's 9.900 bars score helped push the Cyclones to a 49.175 team score on the apparatus, its highest tally on any event in 2013. Camille Santerre-Gervais (9.875), Henrietta Green (9.800), Megan McDonald (9.800) and Elizabeth Stranahan (9.800) also registered impressive scores for ISU. Stranahan's 9.800 was a new career high for the Cyclone senior, and she also tied her career high on vault with a 9.750 score.
Shealy was not the only Cyclone to have an impressive night on three events. Sophomore Caitlin Brown posted a career high on beam (9.850) and floor (9.875) while tying her career mark on vault with a 9.825 effort.
Iowa State dug itself in a hole early at the meet by having to count a fall on both floor and vault. However, ISU rebounded well for the second half of the meet with stellar performances on both bars and beam.
"We had some really impressive individual scores tonight that I know we can continue to build on," Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne said. "What we need to improve on is eliminating those mistakes that are really damaging our team score if we want to put up those big team scores, and I know we can."
Adding to Iowa State's impressive beam performance were Hailey Johnson and Brown who both scored 9.850. Johnson and Brown tied for second place on the apparatus.
The Cyclones travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan for their next competition on March 16. The meet is slated to begin at 4 p.m. in the Crisler Center.