About Cyclone athletics
Iowa State fields 18 varsity squads in the Big 12 Conference, the nation's premier athletics league. A strong fan base helps the Cyclones continuously break attendance records and earn top honors in national online polls ranking the best "student spirit" (Hilton Coliseum) and "most dominant mascot on Earth" (Cy).
Among the nation's best
Iowa State's athletics department had another banner season of competition in 2012-13. Iowa State finished 41st nationally among 291 NCAA Division I teams in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Iowa State was one of only four schools in Division 1A athletics to send its football team to a bowl game, and its men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams to the NCAA Championships in each of the last two season. Nine ISU teams participated in NCAA championships and two Cyclones earned national titles.
- The women's cross country team captured its second consecutive Big 12 Conference title and finished 11th at the NCAA championship, led by national champion Betsy Saina.
- The women's track and field team placed ninth at the NCAA indoor championships and 13th at the outdoor meet, where Betsy Saina ran to her third individual title.
- The women's golf team earned its fourth consecutive NCAA regional bid, placing 16th.
- All-American Scott Fernandez finished 13th at the NCAA regional championship.
- The gymnastics team advanced to its 16th consecutive NCAA regional meet, placing third. Michelle Shealy advanced to the national championships, earning All-America honors.
- The Cyclone wrestlers placed 11th at the NCAA championships, led by three All-American finishes.
Showing up in droves
Success on the field and on the court earned record crowds for the Cyclones. More than 50,000 fans turned out for each of the football team's 13 home games over the last two seasons. The Cyclone women's basketball team led the Big 12 Conference in average attendance for the fifth consecutive year and finished second nationally. The men's basketball team ranked No. 22 nationally, helped by six sell-out home games in 2012-13. The volleyball and gymnastics crowds both ranked 15th nationally.
Six Cyclones were honored as Big 12 Conference scholar-athletes of the year, the most in the league. Iowa State had 135 academic all-conference performers, including five who earned 4.0 grade point averages. Twenty-eight student-athletes were recognized as Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society members -- student-athletes who maintain a 3.40 or higher cumulative GPA into their junior year.
More than $104 million in facility improvements were made, including the addition of three new facilities. The Cyclone Sports Complex houses softball, soccer and track and field. The men's and women's golf programs boast a new golf performance center that includes heated hitting bays, an indoor putting green and outdoor practice areas among its amenities. The new Bergstrom Football Complex was dedicated in October 2012, giving the Cyclones a state-of-the-art facility for the football program.