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No. 24 Iowa Upends Iowa State In Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa State gymnastics team could not duplicate its early season victory over Iowa Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Cyclones fell to No. 24 Iowa 194.150-192.750 in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup.

Iowa State (3-5 overall, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) senior Celine Paulus tied Iowa’s Emma Stevenson for top honors on bars with a 9.825. The Hawkeyes’ Rachel Corcoran’s 9.825 won the vault title. Iowa (3-6-1 overall) senior Jessa Hansen was the beam champion with a score of 9.850. Stevenson went on to take top honors on floor, scoring 9.850. Hansen would also earn the all-around title, scoring 39.025.

“I was disappointed with our performance tonight,” Iowa State head coach Jay Ronayne said. “We have made strides in our recent meets and did not continue that tonight. I look forward to seeing us respond positively and get back to the form we showed in our previous meets.”

Iowa State had trouble finding its rhythm all night, starting with a bars effort that saw the Cyclones have to count a fall. The Cyclones tallied 48.125 on the event, with Paulus scoring top honors. Senior Michelle Browning chipped in with a 9.775 effort.

The Cyclones struggled to make up ground on vault in its next rotation, tallying 48.125 on the apparatus. Freshman Caitlin Brown and sophomore Megan McDonald were Iowa State’s top scorers on the event with tallies of 9.700.

The highlight of the night for Iowa State came on floor during its third rotation when the Cyclones registered a strong 48.825. Browning (9.825) and Paulus (9.800) each registered top scores for Iowa State on the event.

The Cyclones were within touching distance of the Hawkeyes going into the final rotation, trailing 145.250-145.075.

However, Iowa State scored a season-low 47.675 on the event the Cyclones entered the night ranked No. 16 nationally. Sophomore Hailey Johnson produced the Cyclones’ top tally with a 9.750 effort on the apparatus.

Michelle Shealy was Iowa State’s top performer in the all-around, tallying 38.800.

Iowa State has little time off before its next meet. The Cyclones will face Southeast Missouri State Monday at 6:30 p.m. CST in Hilton Coliseum.

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