Iowa State has quick turnaround, battles Minnesota on Sunday


Photo: Zhenru Zhang/Iowa State Daily

Cyclone Shea Anderson cheers with other teammates during the meet against Oklahoma on Friday, Feb 11 at Hilton Coliseum. Shea Anderson contributed 9.800 on the vault.

Dylan Montz

Less than 36 hours after taking on Iowa in Hilton Coliseum, the No. 23 Cyclones will head north to take on No. 15 Minnesota on Sunday in Minneapolis.

The Cyclones (6-2-1, 1-2 Big 12) will have virtually no time to prepare for the Golden Gophers (6-3, 2-2 Big 10) after competing against Iowa on Friday. Preparation for the meet will be resting Friday night and Saturday morning before leaving for Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon.

ISU coach Jay Ronayne anticipates that his team will be ready to go against Minnesota, and there is a possibility of new faces in the ISU lineup Sunday.

“We’ll have three meets in seven days, which is a lot to do to a human body. I’m hoping we are able to get a couple more people out there,” Ronayne said. “Freshman Henrietta Green, who hasn’t seen any action yet, might see some action over the next three meets. Freshman Megan McDonald will maybe see some action as well.”

As is the goal for Friday against Iowa, the Cyclones will focus on getting better in the vault as well as the beam. Freshman Hailey Johnson has high expectations for the team.

“Our goal for Iowa and Minnesota is to hit seven for seven, including the exhibition gymnast in the balance beam,” Johnson said.

Junior Celine Paulus believes that the key to success at the meet in Minnesota is similar to the key against Iowa. 

“Minnesota we have a rivalry with, because we always compete against them and we know we are better than them. We just have to go into the meet with that kind of confidence,” Paulus said.

Iowa State will have to have short-term memory from the meet Friday no matter the outcome and focus on the task at hand against Minnesota.

“Sunday is a new day. Whatever happened Friday doesn’t matter because Sunday is a fresh start just like any other competition,” Johnson said.

The duel against the Golden Gophers is slated to begin at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis.