Brown Closes Breakout Season At NCAA Championships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala - Iowa State gymnast Caitlin Brown capped off a breakout junior campaign with a score of 39.075 in the all-around at the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships at BJCC Arena. She was the second Cyclone junior in as many years to qualify for the championship in the all-around.
The Apple Valley, Minn. native, was one of just 12 gymnasts nationally to qualify for the all-around competition as an individual. The highlight of Brown's outing came in the fifth rotation of the night in the floor exercise, putting up her highest score of the night with a 9.850.
Brown, who rotated with host school Alabama throughout the night, also put up a score of 9.800 on balance beam, along with scores of 9.750 on uneven bars and 9.675 on vault. Despite the hig points of her night, Brown did not get the top-4 finish on any single apparatus that was needed to advance to Sunday's event finals.
After a sophomore season that was decimated by injuries, Brown put together a phenomenal junior year in which she competed in every rotation of the Cyclones' season. Her year culminated in a career-high all-around score of 39.400 at the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, La. That score made Brown the seventh gymnast in program history to qualify for the all-around competition at an NCAA Championship.
Brown and the Cyclones finish the 2014 season with an 8-13 record overall, including a 2-2 mark in Big 12 competition. In spite of being the 36th and team to qualify for the NCAA Regionals, Iowa State finished third at its NCAA Regional for the second consecutive year.