No. 24 Hawkeyes fight to split series with Cylcones

Isaac Hunt

IOWA CITY — In the Hawkeyes’ last event on floor, the crowd — dotted with pink — in Carver-Hawkeye Arena grew much louder than they were previously. 

Iowa (3-6-1) performed its floor routines simultaneously as Iowa State (3-5, 0-2 Big 12) performed on the balance beam. Although the Hawkeyes’ performances were not spectacular, the crowd got very excited as the victory drew near. 

“The crowd was super loud even when their routines weren’t the best, so that was kind of distracting,” said sophomore Henrietta Green. “Coming into the arena it was a lot different than when we faced them at home. I know a lot of us were nervous about that.”

After suffering a loss earlier in the season, Iowa, at its breast cancer awareness meet, beat Iowa State to split this year’s series, winning 194.150-192.750.

“It seems like we’re hesitant,” said senior Celine Paulus. “It’s really hard [to stay focused], especially against Iowa. They were trying to be loud on floor while we were on the beam, which is such a mental event.”

The Cyclones’ one meet streak of not counting falls was ended in Iowa City in their first event on bars. The rest of the meet followed suit.

“We have a lot more in the tank than we’re showing out there,” said senior Michelle Browning. “If we weren’t counting falls, we would have won the meet. We know that we’re better than that.”

Usually upbeat and talkative, coach Jay Ronayne seemed somewhat somber after the meet. 

“We need to remind the team we have a job to do and need to get it done,” Ronayne said. “We’re gonna have a talk and figure out what we need to do to get better.”