No. 13 Hawkeyes Qualify for NCAA Championships

Apr. 12, 2003

COLUMBIA, MO – The 13th-ranked Iowa women’s gymnastics team once again worked its wayinto the school record books, finishing second in the South Central Regional and qualifying for theNCAA Championships as a team for the first time in school history. The GymHawks posted a score of195.875, edging 12th-ranked Oregon State by .025. Top-ranked UCLA finished first with a score of197.7.

Iowa began the evening on vault, posting a 48.675. Junior Alexis Maday led the GymHawks,tying for fifth with a score of 9.85. Junior Stephanie Gran tied for seventh with a 9.825. After a bye, theGymHawks moved to the uneven bars where they recorded a 49.125. Maday and junior Nicole Wongrecorded Iowa’s top finishes, each tying for ninth with a 9.85. Iowa then moved to the balance beamwhere it posted a 48.8. Senior Janna Alexandrova led the GymHawks, tying for fifth with a 9.85.

Sophomore Annie Rue tied for ninth with a 9.8. After another bye, Iowa saved its best performance forlast. With Oregon State having a bye in the final rotation, the GymHawks knew they needed a strongperformance on floor exercise and they got it, posting their highest score of the evening with a 49.275.

Maday and sophomore Michelle Conway led the way for Iowa, each tying for fourth with a 9.9.In the all-around competition, Rue recorded the GymHawks’ best finish, placing seventh with a39.2. Gran tied for 10th with a 38.95. Maday placed 15th with a 38.75 and freshman Liz Grajewskifinished 16th with a 38.65.

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