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Courtesy: Athletics Communications

2014 Iowa State Gymnastics Season In Review

Release: 04/30/2014
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AMES, Iowa – The No. 21 Iowa State gymnastics team (8-13 overall, 2-2 Big 12) appeared in its 18th-consecutive NCAA Regional in 2014, and had junior Caitlin Brown qualify for the all-around competition at NCAA Championships.

The Cyclones had standout team and individual performances throughout the 2014 season, with the best moments highlighted below.

Best Win
There are a couple serious contenders here, including an emphatic win at home over Big 12 foe West Virginia, as the Cyclones put up a then-season best score of 196.025. However, nothing could top a 195.925-192.775 win over Iowa on senior night on March 7. Following a disappointing loss to Minnesota the previous weekend, the Cyclones returned to Hilton Coliseum for their final home meet of the season and put on a show.

It was senior night as it should be, with Iowa State’s six seniors leading the way and performing 17 of the 24 Cyclone routines in the meet. Camille Santerre-Gervais had one of the many highlights of the night, tying a school record and personal-best on uneven bars with a score of 9.950. Two other Cyclones set new career-highs in what would be their final routines in Hilton Coliseum. Megan McDonald’s closed her night on uneven bars, and put up a 9.875, the highest score of her career, regardless of apparatus. Henrietta Green then posted the first 9.900 of her career in the second-to-last routine of the night on floor to cap off the victory.

The win not only made for a memorable senior night, but also clinched the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series trophy for Iowa State, assuring that Iowa would be a Cyclone State.

Routine of the Year
Santerre-Gervais tied a school record by putting up the first 9.950 of her career on uneven bars in a win over West Virginia on Feb. 7. Santerre-Gervais became just the fifth gymnast in school history to score a 9.95 on bars and would later become only the second Cyclone to do it more than twice in a career. However, Santerre-Gervais’ first 9.95 was certainly the most memorable and set the tone for the Cyclones, as they put up their best score of the regular season, a 196.025.

Cyclones Peak At Championship Time
With just the 2014 Big 12 Championship in Morgantown, W. Va. remaining in their season, the Cyclones found themselves on the outside looking when it came to qualifying for an NCAA Regional. Iowa State’s lone chance to claw their way into the top-36 RQS teams was to either match or beat their previous season-high of 196.025, a score they had put up more than a month before.

With their season hanging in the balance, the Cyclones blew their old season-high out of the water with a 196.650, good for second place at the conference meet. It was the highest meet score by an Iowa State squad since the 2007 season. In 24 routines, the Cyclones tied or set 10 new career-highs, five of which came in Iowa State’s final rotation as they sealed the deal on vault.

Santerre-Gervais also brought home a Big 12 title on uneven bars with her third score of the season of 9.95. It was the Cyclones’ first Big 12 title since 2012 and their first uneven bars crown since 2009. Following the meet, Santerre-Gervais was also named the Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year. The senior from St.-Lazare, Quebec, was joined on the All-Big 12 Championship Team by fellow Cyclones Brown, Green and Milan Ivory. Brown earned the honors for taking second place in the all-around competition with a career-best score of 39.350. Green and Ivory each put up scores of 9.9 on floor, tying for third place.

The Cyclones were then placed into the Baton Rouge, La. regional on April 18 with No. 3 LSU, No. 10 Stanford, No. 13 Auburn, Arizona and Kent State. Iowa State put up their second-highest score of the season with a 196.350 to take third place, just one spot short of qualifying for NCAA Championships as a team. Lead by four scores of 9.85 or better on floor, including 9.9’s from Henrietta Green and Milan Ivory, the Cyclones put up their best team score of the season on the apparatus with a 49.300. Their 49.175 on beam was also a season-high, led by Santerre-Gervais’ career-best 9.9.

Brown also became the sixth gymnast in school history to qualify for the all-around competition at the NCAA Championships as an individual. Brown did so by posting a career-best 39.400 at the NCAA Regional. Brown was one of 12 gymnasts nationally to qualify for the all-around as an individual and did so by putting up the highest all-around score in the region of gymnasts to not advance with their respective teams.

Brown ended her breakout junior season with a 39.075 all-around score at the NCAA Championships on April 18. The Apple Valley, Minn. native competed in every rotation of the season for the Cyclones, just one year after missing nearly her entire sophomore year with injuries. She had the team’s best individual scores of the season on vault (9.875) and in the all-around (39.400).

Player Honors

Caitlin Brown
2014 NCAA Championship qualifier
2014 All-Big 12 Championship Team
Second-place All-Around finish (Big 12 Championship)
2014 All-Big 12 Academic First Team

Camille Santerre-Gervais
Regular Season NACGC/W All-American (uneven bars)
2014 Big 12 Champion (uneven bars)
2014 Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year
2014 All-Big 12 Championship Team
School record on uneven bars – 9.95
Team award for Most Improved Gymnast
2014 All-Big 12 Academic Second Team

Henrietta Green
2014 All-Big 12 Championship Team (T-3rd Floor)
Team Rock Award
2014 All-Big 12 Academic First Team

Milan Ivory
2014 All-Big 12 Championship Team (T-3rd Floor)

Michelle Shealy
2014 Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year
2014 All-Big 12 Academic First Team
Team Comeback Award

Hailey Johnson
2014 All-Big 12 Academic First Team

Kristen DeCosta
2014 All-Big 12 Academic First Team

Megan McDonald
2014 All-Big 12 Academic Second Team

Alex Marasco
2014 All-Big 12 Academic Second Team 

Sara Townsend
2014 All-Big 12 Academic Second Team

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