GymHawks Travel to Big Ten Championships

March 15, 2004

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This Week: The 17th-ranked Iowa women’s gymnastics squad will travel to Minneapolis Friday to compete in the Big Ten Championships. Competition will take place at the Sports Pavilion starting at 6 p.m.

Scouting the Big Ten: The Big Ten has three ranked teams. Iowa leads the pack at No. 17, with Michigan ranked 19th and Michigan State 25th.

Vault: Iowa is ranked first in the Big Ten, followed by Michigan and Penn State. The top three individual vaulters are all from Iowa. Alexis Maday is first, followed by Stephanie Gran and Kortny Williamson.

Bars: Iowa is ranked first as a team on bars, while Minnesota is ranked second and Michigan third. Iowa’s Maday is first in the Big Ten on bars, while Michigan’s Elise Ray is ranked second and Minnesota’s Mary Skokut is third.

Beam: Michigan is ranked first in the Big Ten on beam. Iowa ranks second and Michigan State third. Ray from Michigan is the top beam individual. Maday is ranked second along with Michigan State’s Sarah Alexander.

Floor: Iowa is the top-ranked team in the Big Ten. Michigan State is second and Michigan third. The top individual is Maday, followed by Gran. Tied at third are Minnesota’s Yernberg and Michigan State’s Alexander.

All-Around: Maday is ranked first, followed by Michigan’s Ray Iowa’s Gran.

Iowa State Notes: Iowa was defeated by No. 7 Iowa State. Senior Alexis Maday led the Hawkeyes with three individual wins and a second-place finish in the all-around. Maday tied for first on vault with Kortny Williamson. Maday also tied for first on bars and floor. Stephanie Gran placed fourth in the all-around and tied for second on beam.

In The Rankings: Iowa is 17th in the latest GymInfo Poll. The GymHawks are ranked on all four individual events. Iowa is 12th on vault and floor, 15th on bars and 20th on beam.

Maday Second in Nation on Bars: Alexis Maday is tied for second on bars with a regional qualifying score of 9.955. Maday is also ranked fourth in the all-around (39.635), tied for seventh on floor (9.945) and tied for 16th on vault (9.92).

Individuals Nationally Ranked: The GymHawks also have Stephanie Gran and Kortny Williamson nationally ranked. Gran is 18th in the all-around, 19th on vault and tied for 20th on floor. Williamson is tied for 20th on vault.

Six Records Broken This Season: The GymHawks have broken six school records this year. All team records except for bars have been bested. Individual records that have been broken include the all-around and bars, while the floor record has been tied twice this season.

Senior Leadership: Seniors Alexis Maday and Stephanie Gran hold all the individual season bests for the GymHawks. On vault and floor, Maday and Gran are tied with scores of 9.975. On bars, Maday leads the team with a 9.975. Maday also has the highest score on beam with a 9.95 and leads in the all-around with a 39.75.

Quoting Coach Lorenzen: “We’ve had some consistency issues on bars in the last month, but we still believe we’re one of the best teams in the conference and the country. The Big Ten Championships are always competitive and we’re excited to go up against some great competition in a neutral setting. We’re looking forward to having our most enjoyable competitive experience of the year.”