Gymnasts hope practice makes perfect for Perfect 10 meet


Caitlin Brown performs her routine on the beam in the meet against Nebraska on Friday, Jan. 20. She ended the event with a score of 9.775.

Isaac Hunt

Iowa State will try and shake things

up when it faces No. 5 Oklahoma and SE Missouri State in the

Perfect 10 Challenge on Friday.

Coach Jay Ronayne said the current

lineup will see some change as the team is going to try things out

to see what works best.

“We’re going to shake up the bars’

lineup order and possibly the personnel,” Ronayne said. “We’ll have

to make a decision very close to competition time. You may see

another vaulter. We have more options now.”

This is the first of two matchups

Iowa State (2-3, 0-1 Big 12) has this season against SE Missouri

State (0-3), a team it has not seen since its win against it in the

1997 NCAA Regionals. Iowa State leads the series 6-5.

Friday marks the second time ISU

gymnastics goes up against a fellow member of the Big


Oklahoma leads Iowa State 46-16-1

all time.

Beating Oklahoma is a feat Ronayne

has yet to accomplish in his six years at Iowa State.

While the Cyclones focus on the

Sooners, they are also preparing young talent. Caitlin Brown has

performed in three events in almost every meet this


The lone freshman is working on bars

to possibly see an all-around spot in the near future.

“We’re trying to get Caitlin

competition-ready,” Ronayne said. “She’s getting closer and


Brown agreed that her progress is

improving every day. The learning process is showing Brown what

she’s capable of.

“[My bar routine] is coming,” Brown

said. “I’m working a lot on form and little stuff. I would love the

opportunity to perform an [all-around]. Coming into it, I didn’t

know where I would be placed in lineups.

“My goal was three events. I did

that at the beginning of the season, so I would love to be an


The team knows it has to be as close

to perfect as possible to beat an OU team that averages 196.613.

Iowa State’s current average is 193.950.

The Cyclones will attempt to have

their first meet this season without counting a fall come this


“We’re playing some games kind of to

work on sticks in practice,” said senior Celine Paulus. “So there’s

a little bit of incentive. We’re more accountable for our sticks in

practice so that transfers to the meet.”

The ISU gymnastic team will perform

at 7 p.m. on Friday in Oklahoma City.