Gymnastics team’s first win clinches Cy-Hawk Series

Isaac Hunt

Iowa State defeated No. 23 Iowa 194.900-194.550 in a come-from-behind win that clinched the Cy-Hawk series for the entire school and excited the home crowd at Hilton Coliseum. 

Michelle Browning rebounded from falls last week to winning the all-around against Iowa (2-4-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten) Friday night with a score of 39.350. 

“I knew last weeks performance wasn’t acceptable,” Browning said. “I really zoned in. When you’re competing you really have to be focused. 

Iowa State (1-2, 0-1 Big 12) fell behind after three events by .425 points. When the Cyclones took the floor they scored a 48.900 team score while the Hawkeyes scored a 48.125 in the beam after two of the UI girls fell. 

The clinching of the Cy-Hawk series for gymnastics is becoming somewhat of a trend. Last year when the Cyclones traveled to Iowa City, the Hawkeyes clinched the series with a win. 

After the girls final score showed on the scoreboard the crowd cheered loudly as the words “It’s a Cyclone State Again” flashed on the screen.

“It was a ton of fun,” said coach Jay Ronayne. “It came down to the end with three competitors left on the floor. I turned to one of my coaches and said, ‘This is what athletics is all about. They thrived under [the pressure].'”

The ISU gymnastic team scored a season high in three events including vault (48.750), bars (48.275), and beam (48.975). 

Henrietta Green, who generally competes on the uneven bars, performed on the beam for the first time in her ISU career. Green scored a 9.775 in her debut. 

“She’s been pretty consistent in the gym,”  Ronayne said of Green. “We’re trying to shake up the beam line up. Our philosophy is competition within our team is good, it makes everyone better. You have to earn a spot in the line up. It’s not your name.”

The Cyclones’ next meet is Feb. 4, 7 p.m. at Denver.

“We knew we are good and we’re going to get better,” Ronayne said.