Orientation Guide – Gymnastics

Dylan Montz

Iowa State University offers many different sporting events for students to attend. Perhaps some of the most awe-inspiring are gymnastics meets.

Gymnastics is a one-of-a-kind sport in the respect of how it is scored and the organization of competitions.

“it is an event unto itself,” said head coach Jay Ronayne.

“We make it easy for the casual fan to show up and enjoy the whole show,” Ronayne said.

Ronayne also said that the athleticism that the Cyclone gymnasts display is something to behold.

“Any spectator that has never been to [a competition] will be amazed by the athleticism displayed by these athletes,” Ronayne said. “You really just have no idea, until you see it live, what these athletes can do.”

In the 2012 season, Ronayne fully expects sophomore Michelle Shealy to continue her improvement as well as working on newer, more difficult routines. Shealy’s fellow sophomores Henrietta Green, Milan Ivory, and Megan McDonald are also expected to see more time in the lineup during their second season as Cyclones.

Ronayne also anticipates seniors Shea Anderson, Michelle Browning and Celine Paulus to have the best year of their careers – while providing experience and leadership to the Cyclone lineup.

Traditionally, Iowa State gymnastics meets have drawn between 2,000 and 2,500 spectators to Hilton Coliseum. But Ronayne has also seen crowds as large as 8,000 people at meets.

The gymnastics team strives to make gymnastics appealing to average Cyclone fans.

“We would love to have more people in there,” Ronayne said. “The more fans we have in there, the better we do.”

Ronayne said he wants one word to come to mind when people think of Cyclone gymnastics  .

“Exciting,” he said.