Cyclones top No. 15 Auburn in season opener


Photo: Zunkai Zhao/Iowa State Daily

Michelle Shealy participates in the floor exercise during Friday’s meet with Auburn at Hilton Coliseum. Shealy helped the Cyclones defeat the Tigers 193.475 – 192.775.

Chris Cuellar

No. 22 Iowa State opened the season with a win, edging out No. 15 Auburn at Hilton Coliseum on Friday, 193.475-192.775.

The Cyclones got beat on the vault and just slightly outpointed on the balance beam, but responded on the bars and dominated Auburn’s score in the floor exercise.

Fueled by junior Michelle Browning, the Cyclones only outscored Auburn’s highest individual in the floor exercise but came away with higher scores up and down the roster.

Browning was the top all-around performer at the meet, and by a large margin, finishing with a 39.175 overall. Freshman Michelle Shealy backed her up with a 38.900 all-around, and Auburn’s top gymnast, Petrina Yokay, finished at 36.350.

The 193.475 was the highest opening meet score for Iowa State since 2007, and the Browning-Shealy duo in the all-around could continue the program’s rise in the rankings.

The Cyclones host No. 10 Nebraska at 7 p.m. this Friday, a Big 12 conference meet at Hilton Coliseum.