Three Cyclone gymnasts celebrate senior night against Minnesota


Photo: Yi Yuan/Iowa State Daily

Jacquelyn Holmes performs her beam routine during the meet against the University of Iowa on Friday at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones defeated the Hawkeyes 196.350 – 195.850

Dylan Montz

No. 19 Iowa State will have a shot at revenge against No. 20 Minnesota on Friday night as the Gophers will invade Hilton Coliseum for the last home competition of the Cyclones’ season.

When these two teams met Feb. 20, the Gophers (9-4, 2-2 Big Ten) defeated the Cyclones (7-4-1, 1-2 Big 12) 195.600-194.950 in Minneapolis.

Friday night will also be senior night for three Cyclones. This will be the last time these three student-athletes will be able to compete in Hilton Coliseum before their home crowd. Seniors Alex Grant, Jacquelyn Holmes and Jody McKellar will be the ISU gymnasts honored during the competition.

Grant is an all-around competitor for the Cyclones and a management major from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grant missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons due to a torn Achilles tendon and is looking to go out with a strong performance at Hilton Coliseum.

“It’s crazy how fast the time goes,” Grant said. “I can’t believe it’s already going to be the last meet. I’m just going to try to take it all in.”

Holmes is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and is a communication studies major at Iowa State. She has an uneven bars high of 9.800 this season.

“Senior night is about the seniors, but at the same time it’s about our team still doing our best and making high scores,” Holmes said. “So that’s what it is to me, just going out there and having a great time and doing our best.”

The final senior to be honored on Friday is McKellar. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada, native redshirted in 2007 after suffering an injury in the preseason workouts, so this season is her fifth and final year with ISU gymnastics.

“It kind of hit me last home meet,” McKellar said. “I was so proud of my team and we had a really high score and the energy from the team and crowd was great, and I thought, ‘I can’t believe this is coming to an end.'”

The final home meet for the Cyclones is Friday night at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.