Cyclones hope to emulate Senior Night 2014

Kevin Horner

As the ISU gymnasts prepare for this season’s Senior Night, the final regular season home meet, memories for the returning gymnasts, may begin to resurface of last season’s successful Senior Night.

On March 7, 2014, in-state rival Iowa ventured over to Ames for a matchup that would prove to be the dagger in the battle for the coveted CyHawk Trophy. In celebration of the team’s six seniors, the Cyclones dethroned the Hawkeyes with a definitive 195.925-192.775 victory at Hilton Coliseum.

In a truly apropos fashion, the seniors spearheaded the ISU effort in every facet of the competition.

Senior Camille Santerre-Gervais notched a career-high and school record-tying score of 9.950 on the uneven bars, becoming only the fourth gymnast in school history to accomplish the feat. Senior Megan McDonald’s career-high score of 9.875 on the bars added to the success of her teammate—leading to a season-high team score of 49.275 in the event.

Seniors Henrietta Green and Milan Ivory were the highlights of the floor exercise as they each tied or eclipsed their personal bests in the event with scores of 9.900 and 9.875, respectively.

Michelle Shealy, a senior All-American, became the fifth ISU senior to contribute to the productive night—anchoring the floor exercise with a team best number of 9.825.

The remaining categories—vault and all-around—were led by none other than then-future senior, Caitlin Brown. Brown’s 9.775 on the vault helped contribute to her meet-winning all-around score of 39.250.

The Cyclones will hope for a similar, or even greater, performance from their lone senior on her night to shine in Iowa State’s final home matchup against Temple.