Iowa State falls short in first leg of double-header with Minnesota

Max Dible

The ISU gymnastics team (3-7, 1-1 Big 12) came up short Friday night against Minnesota, losing by a final score of 196.525-194.750.

The Cyclones were short-handed Friday evening in their first meet since sophomore Sarah Townsend went down with a season-ending knee injury.

The event most affected by Townsend’s absence was bars, where Iowa State only ran out five competitors instead of the normal six, forfeiting its drop score.

The extra pressure didn’t phase senior Camille Santerre-Gervais, who won the event with a 9.925. It is the third consecutive meet that Santerre-Gervais has taken home first prize on bars since her record-tying 9.95 on the event against West Virginia on back of Feb. 7.

Senior captain Michelle Shealy, working her way back from a traumatic injury suffered in her junior season, scored her highest marks of the year on beam posting a 9.85.

Senior Henrietta Green tallied a 9.85 in the floor event, which was the top score for the Cyclones Friday night.

Despite some impressive individual performances, Iowa State fell nearly two points short to a Minnesota team that took control early.

The Cyclones and the Gophers tied with 48.850 points a piece on bars, but won every other event. Lindsay Mable of Minnesota won the all-around competition after posting a 39.425.

Iowa State heads to Minneapolis next weekend for the second half of the mid-season double-header with Minnesota. The Cyclones will compete Fri. Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.