April 4, 2005
The University of Iowa will travel to Salt Lake City, UT, for the North Central Regional Championships Saturday. Competition will take place at the Huntsman Center at 6 p.m. MDT. Livestats will be available at www.UtahUtes.com.
North Central Regional Seedings
1. Utah – National Ranking: 1, Record: 12-2
The Utes are top-ranked on beam, second on vault and bars and sixth on floor. Utah has advanced to all 23 NCAA Championships.
2. Oregon State – National Ranking: 12, Record: 17-8
The Beavers are seventh on beam, 13th on vault and 14th on bars.
3. Brigham Young – National Ranking: 13, Record: 10-6
The Cougars are 10th on vault and beam, and tied for 19th on floor.
4. Minnesota – National Ranking: 22, Record: 11-11
The Golden Gophers are 15th on floor, 22nd on vault and tied for 22nd on bars. Iowa has met Minnesota twice, both resulting in losses for the GymHawks.
5. Southern Utah – National Ranking: 20, Record: 9-8
The Thunderbirds are 15th on beam and 22nd floor.
6. Iowa – National Ranking: n/a, Record: 9-18
The Hawkeyes in the Rankings
Iowa is ranked 25th in the nation on bars, with a regional qualifying score of 48.7. Iowa is also ranked 36th overall, 29th on beam, 36th on vault and 44th on floor.
Rue Looking to Make History
Senior Annie Rue could make Hawkeye history this weekend. Rue has the ability to become the first Iowa woman gymnast to compete in the NCAA Championships all four years. Rue competed at NCAAs as an individual her freshman year, and with the team her sophomore and junior years. In order for Rue to make it this year, the GymHawks will have to be one of the top two finishers at regionals, or Rue will need to be an event champion or one of the top two all-arounders.
This season, the GymHawks have earned 11 individual event titles. Natalie Padilla leads the way with one floor and three vault titles. Danielle Legeai has two beam titles, while Kortny Williamson has a title each on vault and beam. Liz Grajewski has a floor title, while both Annie Rue and Romina Mazzoni have a bars title.