Golden Gophers top Cyclones in Minneapolis

Dylan Montz

No. 23 Iowa State missed an opportunity to beat another ranked team Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 15 Minnesota 195.600-194.950.

The Cyclones (7-3-1, 1-2 Big 12) continued to improve on vault performances, tying a season-high score of 48.775. However, the Golden Gophers (7-3,2-2 Big Ten) outmatched Iowa State in the uneven bars, an event where the Cyclones have traditionally done well. ISU coach Jay Ronayne explained how uncharacteristic the performance was on bars today for his team.

“The floor and beam went as well as we could expect, and vaulting was as good as it has been, but we had to count a fall on bars, which is not like us. We have to stick our landings,” Ronayne said.

The Cyclones were led Sunday by senior Jody McKellar who earned a 9.800 in her bars routine to follow up her record-setting performance on Friday against Iowa. McKellar also earned a 9.800 on the beam, achieving a season high. Freshman Michelle Shealy also performed strongly for Iowa State, earning second place in the all-around with a 39.025 as well as performing a season high on the vault with a score of 9.825.

Iowa State will return to action Friday as they travel to Iowa City for a rematch with the Hawkeyes in a meet that will be a part of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. The competition is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the Field House on the University of Iowa’s campus.