Shealy’s consistency apparent at NCAA championships

Dylan Montz

ISU freshman Michelle Shealy competed in her first NCAA National Championships on Friday in Cleveland, Ohio, where she scored a 39.025 in the all-around competition, placing 13th in her session.

Shealy competed in the vault competition first, scoring 9.750. She then moved to bars and scored 9.725, 9.750 on beam and 9.800 on the floor exercise.

ISU coach Jay Ronayne was pleased with the performances Shealy gave on a national stage.

“Michelle’s performance was consistent with how she competed throughout the year,” Ronayne said. “She did what got her here. The experience that she has gained is something we can build on for next year. She is pretty happy.”

Shealy’s beam routine was also a high point for the young gymnast as she was only .025 away from being named an All-American in that event, where she scored 9.750. She tied for 11th on the balance beam.

Shealy was the first ISU freshman to qualify for the NCAA National Championships as an individual since Erin Dethloff in 2003.