GymHawks Travel to Michigan

Feb. 28, 2005

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This Week

The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team takes on Michigan Friday at Ann Arbor. Competition will take place at Crisler Arena starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines are ranked fifth with a 14-1 record. Michigan has wins over top-ranked Nebraska, fourth-ranked UCLA and No. 17 Penn State. Its lone loss came against third-ranked Utah. Michigan is first nationally on beam, sixth on bars, eighth on vault and 11th on floor.

Michigan’s top ranked individual is Jenny Deiley. She is ranked sixth in the all-around, tied for 18th on vault and tied for 25th on bars. Lindsey Bruck is 12th in the all-around and 13th on beam. Elise Ray is first on bars and sixth on beam, while Katie Lieberman is tied for 22nd on vault.

The Iowa – Michigan Series

Michigan leads the series, 36-6. Last year, Iowa beat the Wolverines, 196.75-196.325, in Iowa City.

In the Rankings

Iowa is ranked 20th on bars. The GymHawks have a regional qualifying average of 48.54.

GymHawk on Fire

Freshman Natalie Padilla has caught fire in the last two meets. Padilla set career-bests on bars (9.825) against Iowa State, and vault (9.875), beam (9.6) and all-around (38.975) at Minnesota. Padilla has won three vault titles and one floor title this season.

Top Performances Last Weekend

Against Minnesota, the GymHawks scored a season-high 195.425 and finished just three-tenths of a point behind Minnesota. Iowa had season-highs of 48.95 on beam and 49.0 on floor. Natalie Padilla won vault with a career-best 9.875. On beam, the GymHawks swept the top four spots, with Kortny Williamson taking the title with a 9.85. Liz Grajewski scored a season-best 39.075 to finish second in the all-around.