GymHawks Host No. 8 Iowa State

Feb. 15, 2005

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This Week

The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team hosts eighth-ranked Iowa State Saturday. Competition will take place at 8 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The meet will be co-ed, with the fifth-ranked Iowa men’s team competing against ninth-ranked Minnesota. Admission is $3.

The Iowa State Cyclones

The Cyclones are 7-1, with wins over Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, Denver and Nebraska. Iowa State’s only loss was against Alabama. The Cyclones are ranked eighth in the nation on beam, tied for eighth on floor, and 11th on bars and vault. Additionally, Janet Anson is ranked 14th in the all-around and floor, and ninth on vault. Besides Anson, top performers for the Cyclones are Erin Dethloff, Laura-Kay Powell, and Jade Kvach.

Last Time Against Iowa State

Iowa traveled to No. 10 Iowa State January 24. The GymHawks lost to the Cyclones, 195.575-192.4. Kortny Williamson performed strongly for Iowa, finishing fourth on beam and fifth on vault and floor. Annie Rue was the top GymHawk on bars, placing fourth, and Ally Zipse tied for fifth on floor. Liz Grajewski was Iowa’s top all-arounder, taking fifth.

The Iowa – Iowa State Series

Iowa State leads the series, 29-20. The last time Iowa beat the Cyclones was in 2003.

The Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series

A point system will track each institution’s performance and will culminate in one institution winning the annual trophy for the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Intercollegiate athletic teams from Iowa and Iowa State will square off in head-to-head competition nine different times during the 2004-05 academic year. The competition this year is in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball and women’s swimming and diving. An additional two points will be available for an institution if the student-athlete graduation rate for all student-athletes is greater than the national average for all student-athletes.

Top Performances At Hearts Invitational

The GymHawks finished second following host NC State, scoring a 193.925. Freshman Natalie Padilla tied for first on vault and floor, scoring career-highs of 9.825 and 9.85, respectively. Romina Mazzoni and Annie Rue tied for first on bars, both with 9.825s. On beam, Liz Grajewski and Danielle Legeai tied for second with a season-high 9.875. Grajewski went on to win the all-around with a 38.875. Head Coach Larissa Libby Larissa Libby is in her first season as head coach of the GymHawks. Last season, Libby served as associate head coach after three years as an assistant. Libby has already made a lasting impact on the GymHawks as the team’s choreographer and beam coach. The top 10 school beam performances have all been under her guidance, including the school record of 49.425. Libby coached four gymnasts to score a 9.9 or higher on beam in 2004. She also guided sophomore Danielle Legeai to tie for second on beam at NCAA regionals last season.