Cyclones tie for first at quad in Utah


Photo:Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily

The beauties chalk up their hands before competing in the uneven bars during the Beauty and the Beast gymnastics and wrestling event held Friday, Jan. 21, at Hilton Coliseum. The gymnastics team defeated Missouri 195.250 – 194.550.

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No. 20 Iowa State had a strong first road trip this season defeating No. 16 Southern Utah and Utah State, while tying for first with BYU at 194.925 points. Southern Utah earned a score of 194.725 and Utah State received 192.000 points.

The Cyclones were behind going into the final event — the uneven bars — and earned a 49.200 in that category. That score is ranked in the top five bars scores in ISU history.

“We walked into the last rotation thinking, ‘All right, let’s just take this from them,'” said ISU coach Jay Ronayne. “It was kind of neat that the team really took charge and did that.”

The duo of junior Michelle Browning and freshman Michelle Shealy tied for first in the all-around competition scoring a 39.100.

“That was our goal coming in here, and I told the team we’re not coming just to compete, we’re not coming here just to look good, we’re not coming here just to get a good score,” Ronayne said. “We’re here to win. They were all pumped up.”

The Cyclones improve to 4-1-1 on the season. Iowa State will travel to Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 4 to compete against North Carolina State and George Washington. The triangular meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.