ISU Faces Minnesota in Beauty and the Beast
• The 20th-ranked Iowa State gymnastics team plays host to Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. The meet will be half of the Beauty and the Beast extravaganza that will also simultaneously pit the Cyclones and Gophers in wrestling.
• Iowa State is in its 39th season of gymnastics. The Cyclones have a 397-442-4 all-time record.
• The Gophers hold a 36-26 edge in the all-time series. Minnesota edged Iowa State 195.775-195.225 in the last meeting (Feb. 7, 2009) when the Cyclones had to count a fall on their last event (beam) which ended up being the deciding factor in the down-to-the-wire meet. The last time the two squads met in Hilton Coliseum, Minnesota outscored ISU 194.950-194.425 on March 2, 2008.
Last Time Out
• The Iowa State gymnastics team had three solid rotations and two event champions, but it wasn’t enough to take down in-state rival Iowa, as the Hawkeyes scored a 194.675 to the Cyclones’ 194.000 Feb. 12 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It was the second matchup in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series for the two teams in a five-day span.
Shawn Johnson at Hilton Coliseum
• 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist and West Des Moines, Iowa, native Shawn Johnson will be on hand for Friday’s Beauty and the Beast event. Johnson will be available to sign autographs from 4-6 p.m. Johnson will then provide color commentary for the gymnastics part of Beauty and the Beast.
A Look at Beauty and the Beast
• Cyclone fans will be privileged to a truly unique event Friday. Beauty and the Beast will simultaneously feature the Iowa State gymnastics team facing the Minnesota gymnasts while the No. 3 ISU wrestling squad will battle the No. 12 Minnesota wrestlers.
• The extravaganza will mark the second time Iowa State has played host to a Beauty and the Beast event. The previous time was Feb. 19, 2006, when Nebraska came to Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones were victorious in gymnastics that night (196.025-195.600) while the Cornhuskers won in wrestling, 22-21.
• All of the Cyclones’ opponents in 2009 have been ranked in the top 25. Iowa State has faced No. 25 Iowa, No. 18 Minnesota, No. 16 Michigan, No. 13 Missouri, No. 12 Nebraska and No. 5 Auburn.
• Minnesota has been ranked in the top 25 all season but the Gophers currently do not qualify for a national ranking. Starting Feb. 16, the national rankings were based on regional qualifying scores. In order to be eligible for a regional qualifying score, a team has to have competed at three away meets. The Gophers have only competed in two thus far.
Thompson a Consistent Force on Floor
• Senior Jasmine Thompson has scored lower than a 9.850 on floor on only one occasion this season, and it was a 9.800. Ranked 14th nationally, Thompson has scored as high as 9.900 on the event.