Nebraska proves too tough for Cyclones

Isaac Hunt

Iowa State fell in its first home meet, 195.775-193.925, against No. 1 Nebraska Friday night in Ames.

The ISU gymnastics team fell behind early with falls from three girls including two from senior Michelle Browing. 

“Tonight I just lost focus,” Browning said. “There’s definitely no excuses for how performed tonight. I think I need to go back in the gym and work on my confidence and execution to get better for next weekend.”

The Cornhuskers (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) won three events, while the Cyclones (0-2, 0-1 Big 12) won the floor competition.

“We started off a lot better than we did two weeks ago,” said ISU coach Jay Ronayne. “Vaulting was solid. [We] went to bars and had a couple mistakes that dug a hole for us. We can’t have that many mistakes.”

The NU team looked focused and determined, sticking many of their landings. Nebraska scored 9.900 three times, while Iowa State’s highest score was 9.850 by senior Celine Paulus in the floor exercise. 

Paulus broke her personal record in the all-around scoring a 39.150 total. 

“We got all the jitters out [at Missouri],” Paulus said. “[I am] working as hard as I can to make this my best season, because it’s my last. My main focus is to get better in vault.”

The ISU team improved its scores from its last meet and its gymnasts are hopeful that they can continue to keep improving as the season progresses. The Cyclones will hit practice hard this week as they prepare for a home meet against the rival Hawkeyes next Friday.