GymHawks To Travel To West Virginia

Jan. 30, 2006

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This Week
The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will travel to Morgantown, West Virginia to compete at West Virginia University, Sunday. West Virginia’s record is 2-3. Other teams competing include Ohio State, 2-2, and George Washington University, 1-1. Competition will take place at the WVU Coliseum and is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Last Competition
The Hawkeyes hosted their first home meet of the season last weekend, hosting Iowa State in the Breast Cancer Awareness Meet. Iowa lost to Iowa State, 195.7-193.375. Iowa’s Beth Dilick posted a 9.85 on bars, placing first in the event, while Danielle Legeai posted a 9.8 on beam to tie for second. Kortny Williamson recorded a score of 9.825 for a third place finish on vault, and Liz Grajewski placed third in the all-around with a 38.6.

Scouting the Hawkeyes
Iowa returns 10 letterwinners from last year when it finished with an 8-14 overall record and a sixth-place finish at the BigTen Championships. Iowa adds three new members to the team for the 2006 season. Brandi Loffer, from Corona, CA, Kara Pinjuv, from Reno, NV, and Jennifer Simbhudas, from Markham, Ontario.

Head Coach Larissa Libby
Iowa Head Coach Larissa Libby begins her second season as head coach for the Hawkeyes. In her first year, Libby recorded an 8-14 record in 2005. Before becoming head coach, Libby was Iowa’s associate head coach for one year and an assistant coach for three seasons. While associate head coach, Libby led the GymHawks to a school record 49.425 beam performance in 2004. In addition, in 2004 the GymHawks recorded a 49.0 or higher seven times on beam under Libby’s guidance.

Quoting Head Coach Larissa Libby
“This weekend will be a good test of our true ability. The past three weeks we’ve competed against highly ranked teams and have competed well, but this weekend will bring a more level playing field for us to compete against. In addition, facing Ohio State will be good because we were both at the bottom of the Big Ten rankings last year, and are both working on improving our teams and improving our standings.”

Next Competition
The Hawkeyes will host Denver Friday, February 10th in the first co-ed meet of the year. Competition will take place at the Field House and is set to begin at 7 p.m.