ORIENTATION GUIDE: Four all-around gymnasts will return to ISU gymnastics


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Michelle Shealy does a backward flip during her beam performance  Feb. 15 at the Hilton Coliseum. Shaely scored 9.875 on beam and won the Mari-Rae Sopper Award.

Maddy Arnold

The ISU gymnastics team began its 2013 season with multiple injuries. By the second meet of the year, Iowa State had three gymnasts out with concussion-like symptoms.

After that meet, Iowa State (8-14, 0-2 Big 12) went more than a month without another win. The Cyclones struggled with low scores and were unable to hit 24-for-24 routines in a meet until the postseason.

Iowa State’s biggest win came against then-No. 12 Minnesota on senior night. After that meet, the Cyclones peaked in the postseason.

At the Big 12 Championship meet, Iowa State scored a season-high 196.175 before moving on to the NCAA regional meet at Alabama.

At regionals, Iowa State was able to hit 24-for-24 routines for the first time all season. The Cyclones finished just out of an NCAA Championships qualifying position with a third-place finish at regionals.

Junior Michelle Shealy qualified for nationals as an individual all-around competitor after her fifth place finish at regionals.

At nationals, Shealy qualified for an individual event final for her 9.9 score on beam. She tied for fifth place at the beam final and earned All-America honors for qualifying.

Iowa State only had one senior compete in 2013. Elizabeth Stranahan had the top all-around score of 39.175 for the Cyclones last season.

Next season, there will be six seniors competing for Iowa State.

In 2014, four all-around gymnasts will return for the Cyclones including senior Hailey Johnson. Last season, Johnson only competed in four regular-season meets because of injury.

Senior Henrietta Green and junior Caitlin Brown also competed as all-around gymnasts last season. They both won an all-around title during a regular season meet.

Senior Camille Santerre-Gervais, a bar and beam specialist, will return for Iowa State. She scored 9.9 on bars four separate times in her career.

Gymnastics meets are held at Hilton Coliseum and admission for an adult is $5.