ISU gymnastics graduates six, Caitlin Brown steps up as captain

Harrison March

The ISU gymnastics team is coming off an 8-13 season that extended its streak of regionals appearances to 18 consecutive seasons. Throughout the course of the regular season, the team found a lot of success at Hilton Coliseum but struggled on the road.

With just the Big 12 Championship meet left before the postseason started, the Cyclones sat a few spots out of qualifying for regionals and head coach Jay Ronayne and his troops rallied to put up their highest meet score since 2007.

The Cyclones snuck into regionals as the final team of 36 to qualify and went on to take third place at their site, missing out on the NCAA Championships by one spot.

Six ISU gymnasts who all competed frequently throughout the year graduated. Coming in, though, is a class of four that Ronayne thinks will find success early and often.

“They all have the potential to compete right away and make an impact as freshmen,” Ronayne said after the class signed in November 2013. “They all will bring something special to our program and I am convinced they will be extremely successful here at Iowa State.”

The 2014-15 ISU gymnastics team will be led by senior captain Caitlin Brown, who competed in every single rotation for the Cyclones last season. Brown qualified for the NCAA Championships in the individual all-around competition, where she finished 24th overall.

Also returning to the lineup will be junior Sara Townsend, a steady gymnast for the Cyclones before a knee injury ended her season, and juniors Alex Marasco and Kristen DeCosta, who both competed throughout the year.

The only other gymnast returning with meet experience will be sophomore Allie Hansen, who overcame preseason injuries to make a few appearances late in the year. Ronayne expects her to compete in all-around right off the bat next season and to be a big part of Iowa State’s lineup.