Browning, Shealy awarded top league honors while Iowa State places third


Michelle Shealy performs on the uneven bars during the match against Minnesota on Friday, March 4 at Hilton Coliseum. Michelle Shealy contributed 9.675. The Cyclones tied with Minnesota 195.325.

Dylan Montz

No. 20 Iowa State had two gymnasts take home the Big 12’s top individual honors this season Saturday in Columbia, Mo., as the Cyclones placed third in the Big 12 Championship meet with a score of 195.150.

No. 11 Nebraska was crowned the Big 12 champion in its last year in the Big 12 with a score of 196.775. No. 4 Oklahoma claimed second place with 196.500, and Missouri took fourth place with 194.975. After a slow start on vault the Cyclones were able to edge the Tigers and move into third.

Cyclone junior Michelle Browning was crowned the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year on Saturday. Browning also placed second in the all-around competition scoring 39.150 and is the first Cyclone to win the award since 2007.

“In my mind she has been the gymnast of the year no matter what award is handed to her,” said ISU coach Jay Ronayne. “She is a model student-athlete and deserves this prestigious award.”

Freshman Michelle Shealy also claimed a top Big 12 honor receiving the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award.

“I am proud to know that my peers recognize the talent that Michelle Shealy has shown every meet this year,” Ronayne said. “What makes this award even more special is that it rewards her for her hard work, dedication and passion for the sport.”

Iowa State will now move on to the NCAA Regional meet which will be April 2.