April 12, 2004
This Week: The Iowa women’s gymnastics squad will travel to Los Angeles, CA, Thursday through Saturday, to compete at the NCAA Championships. On Thursday, the GymHawks will compete in the preliminary team competition at 1 p.m. The top three finishers from each preliminary session will move on to the Super Six Team Finals on Friday at 7 p.m. The top four individuals in each event from each session will advance to the individual event finals to be held Saturday at 7 p.m. All competition will take place at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.
The Competition: Iowa will compete in the first session with Stanford, Nebraska, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma. In the second session, competing teams are UCLA, LSU, Utah, Alabama, Arizona State and Michigan.
Live Stats: Live stats for the NCAA Championships will be available on UCLA’s website (www.uclabruins.com) and the official NCAA sports website (www.ncaasports.com).
Consecutive Trips to NCAA: This is the second consecutive season the GymHawks have traveled to the NCAA Championships. Last season marked the first time Iowa ever competed at the championships. The GymHawks hope to better their finish of a year ago, when they finished 11th. Alexis Maday received first-team all-America honors on bars and second-team honors in the all-around.
NCAA Regional Notes: Iowa placed second with a score of 195.7. Alexis Maday tied for second on bars, fifth on vault and floor and tied for third in the all-around. Freshman Danielle Legeai tied for second on beam with a career-high 9.9. Annie Rue tied for fourth on beam and fifth on bars, while teammate Romina Mazzoni tied for seventh on bars.
In The Rankings: Iowa is 20th in the latest GymInfo Poll. The GymHawks are ranked in all four individual events. Iowa is tied for eighth on vault, 11th on floor, 16th on bars and 24th on beam.
Maday Second in Nation on Bars: Alexis Maday is tied for second in the nation on bars with a regional qualifying score of 9.955. Maday is also ranked ninth in the all-around (39.635), tied for eighth on floor (9.95) and tied for 16th on vault (9.935).
Individuals Nationally Ranked: The GymHawks also have Stephanie Gran and Kortny Williamson nationally ranked. Gran is 12th on vault (9.935 average), 19th in the all-around and tied for 25th on floor. Williamson is tied for 25th 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.