GymHawks Place Third At North Carolina State

Jan. 21, 2007

RALEIGH, NC – 28th-ranked Iowa scored a 193.750 for a third-place finish today against No. 2 Georgia, No. 24 Ohio State, and No. 30 North Carolina State. Georgia won the competition, scoring 197.250. The Hawkeyes increased their team total more than a point over last week’s competition, and are now 1-0 in conference play.

Freshman Katie Turcotte had a strong showing on vault, tying for second with a 9.9. Jenifer Simbhudas tied for sixth (9.875), and Kara Pinjuv tied for eighth place, scoring 9.85. On bars, Simbhudas and Ally Zipse had the best showing for Iowa, tying for ninth with a 9.75. On beam, Katie Burke led the Hawkeyes with a sixth-place 9.825 while Danielle Legeai tied for ninth (9.75).

“I’m very excited about our potential and I feel great about our performance today. We need to polish some things here and there, but by the time the Big Ten Championships come around, we’ll be ready,” said Iowa junior Katie Burke.

“We keep improving, we’re motivated, and we’re keeping our head in the game,” added Iowa freshman Katie Turcotte.

“We’re extremely pleased because even though we made mistakes, we increased our point total by more than a point, and for us that is a huge improvement. We felt like we did a lot better job on vault and beam, and although we made some mistakes that may have cost us second place, the team competed very well,” said Iowa Head Coach Larissa Libby.

On floor, Pinjuv had the best placing for Iowa, coming in ninth (9.8), and Burke tied for 11th (9.75).

“We had a couple of mistakes at the beginning today, but we put it back together nicely and gave ourselves momentum to get through the meet,” said sophomore Kara Pinjuv.

In the all-around, Burke and Pinjuv were among the top competitors, tying for third with 39.050. Simbhudas placed ninth in the event with a 38.350.

“It is extremely gratifying for the coaching staff to see the girls work so hard, and yes, we still have a lot of work to do, but if we continue to improve our point totals on a weekly basis we will be ready for more Big Ten competition,” Libby said.

Iowa will compete at Illinois, Saturday, January 27th. Competition will take place at Huff Hall and is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Final Team Scores
Team Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
1. Georgia 49.400 49.125 49.500 49.225 197.250
2. NC State 49.075 48.475 48.350 48.725 194.625
3. Iowa 49.075 48.425 47.950 48.300 193.750
4. Ohio State 49.000 48.600 46.800 48.850 193.250

Individual Results:
Vault (winner plus Iowa)

1. Katie Heenan (Georgia) 9.950
2t. Katie Turcotte (Iowa) 9.900
6t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)9.875
8t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.850
14t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.800
19t. Nikki Page (Iowa) 9.650
22. Rachel LaCasse (Iowa) 9.600

Uneven Bars (winner plus Iowa)
1. Courtney Kupets (Georgia)9.925
9t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)9.750
9t. Ally Zipse (Iowa) 9.750
14. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.700
15t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.675
22t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.550
22t. Katie Turcotte (Iowa) 9.550

Balance Beam (winner plus Iowa)
1. Courtney Kupets (Georgia)9.950
6t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.825
9t. Danielle Legeai (Iowa) 9.750
12t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.700
17. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.375
18. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)9.300
24. Nikki Page (Iowa) 8.425

Floor Exercise (winner plus Iowa)
1. Grace Taylor (Georgia) 9.900
9. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.800
11t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.750
17. Ally Zipse (Iowa) 9.675
18. Katie Turcotte (Iowa) 9.650
22t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.425
22t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)9.425

All-Around (winner plus Iowa)
1. Katie Heenan (Georgia) 39.400
3t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 39.050
3t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 39.050
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