Season-High Score Vaults ISU To Second In Big 12
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State gymnastics team (5-12 overall, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) posted its highest score since Feb. 25, 2011 to earn a second-place finish at Saturday’s Big 12 Championship in Hilton Coliseum. No. 2 Oklahoma (21-1, 2-0 Big 12) won the event, scoring 197.200, ISU took second (196.175) and No. 25 West Virginia (13-9 overall, 1-1 Big 12) placed third (194.675).
Following the meet, Iowa State senior Elizabeth Stranahan was named the Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Stranahan also proved her worth in the competition arena, scoring a career-best 39.175 in the all-around to place third Saturday. Stranahan defeated Oklahoma’s Brie Olson and Erica Brewer who are ranked No. 7 and No. 20 nationally, respectively, in the all-around en route to her third-place finish. Stranahan was named to the All-Big 12 Championship team in the all-around. A gymnast must place in the top three (including ties) on an event to be named to the All-Big 12 Championship team.
Oklahoma won all the individual event titles at the event. Maile’ana Kanewa won vault (9.925), Olson and Taylor Spears earned top honors on bars (9.950), Rebecca Clark and Spears tied for first on beam (9.900), Haley Scaman won floor (9.950) and Spears took first in the all-around (39.600).
Iowa State junior Milan Ivory had her top performance as a Cyclone, placing third on vault with a career-high 9.875 score. Ivory also placed fifth on floor after a career-high-tying 9.875 mark. Ivory earned All-Big 12 Championship honors on vault.
ISU junior Camille Santerre-Gervais tied for third on bars, equaling her career high on the apparatus (9.900). Santerre-Gervais scored 9.900 on bars for the fourth time in her career. Santerre-Gervais was named to the All-Big 12 Championship team on bars.
Cyclone sophomore Caitlin Brown was Iowa State’s top performer on beam, placing third on the apparatus. Brown registered a career-high-tying 9.875 on the event and was named to the All-Big 12 Championship team on beam.
Iowa State notched season-best scores on vault (49.050) and beam (49.050) Saturday. The Cyclones also scored at least 49.0 on all four events for the first time in 2013.
In addition to her career-high performance in the all-around, Stranahan tied her personal best on vault with a 9.850 effort. Stranahan tied for fourth on vault. Stranahan also equaled for her career high on bars (9.800).
Following the competition the Big 12 announced its end-of-the-year awards. Other than Stranahan’s honor, Oklahoma won all the individual awards. Spears was named gymnast of the year, Lauren Alexander earned event specialist of the year honors, Scaman took home the newcomer of the year award and K.J. Kindler was named the league coach of the year.
Iowa State will wait to learn its post-season fate before travelling to the NCAA Regional competition. NCAA Regional competitions are held on April 6 in various sites around the country.