Hawkeyes To Host Denver In First Co-ed Meet Of Season

Feb. 6, 2006

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This Week
The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will host Denver, Friday, in the first co-ed meet of the season. The Iowa men will be competing against Oklahoma. Denver is currently ranked 16th in GymInfo rankings, and posts a season record of 8-3. Competition will take place at the UI Fieldhouse and is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Last Competition
The # 47 Hawkeyes traveled to West Virginia last weekend to compete against the Mountaineers, Ohio State, and George Washington University. Iowa finished third with a score of 192.25, while #40 West Virginia won with a 195.1. Iowa’s Danielle Legeai posted a 9.85 on beam, placing first in that event. Kortny Williamson and Jennifer Simbhudas tied for third on vault with a score of 9.825. Liz Grajewski placed third in the all-around with a 38.925.

Head Coach Larissa Libby
Iowa Head Coach Larissa Libby is in 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
“We’re going to use this week to get back on track. By making some changes in the line up and moving people around we hope to get our consistency back and avoid mistakes in key areas of competition. Denver is a tough team to compete against and we are happy they are coming here for this weekend’s competition. We want to take advantage of being at home and get our comfort zone back.”

Next Competition
The Hawkeyes will host Illinois Saturday, February 18th. Competition will take place at the Fieldhouse and is set to begin at 7 p.m.