ISU gymnastics falls to Minnesota in season opener


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Junior Caitlin Brown competes in the vault on March 7 at Hilton Coliseum. Brown received a 9.775 for her vault in the Cyclones’ 195.925-192.775 victory against Iowa.

Kevin Horner

The ISU gymnastics team kicked off the 2015 season with a result it experienced twice last season, a loss to Minnesota.

The No. 25 Cyclones fell to the No. 17 Golden Gophers by a score of 194.950-193.475 on Jan. 10 at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. Despite the result, Iowa State cut Minnesota’s margin of victory from 3.525 in the last matchup between the two teams on Mar. 4, 2014 to 1.475 this time around.

Senior Caitlin Brown led the Cyclones with a score of 9.775 on three out of the four events. She put up a score of 9.725 on her floor routine for an all-around score of 39.05.

Following behind Brown, several freshmen made significant contributions to the ISU effort. Freshman Haylee Young led Iowa State on the floor routine with a score of 9.825 and finished with an all-around score of 38.425.

Minnesota junior Lindsay Mable won the all-around competition with a score of 39.450, edging out Caitlin Brown by less than a fourth of a point.

The Cyclones are no strangers to season-opening losses, as the team was defeated by No. 15 Penn State at the commencement of last season, before bouncing back to top Illinois State a week later.

Iowa State will have that same chance to rebound, as it will square off against Oregon State and Southeast Missouri State at Beauty and the Beast, an event that combines both wrestling and gymnastics.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Hilton Coliseum.