Iowa Hosts Southern Utah And Iowa

Feb. 26, 2007

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This Week

The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will host Southern Utah, Friday at 7 p.m. Southern Utah is currently ranked 34th. Iowa will then host 10th-ranked Iowa State, Sunday at 2 p.m. The meet against Iowa State will be part of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series.

Iowa currently leads the third annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series 11-4 with only three events remaining. Iowa was victorious in women’s soccer (1-0, OT), football (27-17), wrestling (24-6) men’s basketball (77-59) and women’s swimming (181.5-117.5). Iowa State won volleyball (3-2) and women’s basketball (80-74).

The nine-sport series awards two points (except football, which is worth three) to the winning school in each head-to-head match-up between the two institutions. Additionally, two points are awarded to an institution if the graduation rate of its student-athletes is greater than the national average as reported each fall by the NCAA.

The Hawkeyes

Iowa currently claims many top individual event rankings. Freshman Katie Turcotte is ranked seventh in the region and 27th nationally on vault, while Katie Burke is ranked fifth in the region and 29th nationally in the all-around.

Last Competition

The Hawkeyes traveled to Minnesota last week, and won, 194.625-193.95. The total was Iowa’s highest team score this season, and the Hawkeyes posted their season best team score on beam. Burke was Iowa’s top performer in the competition. She won on bars (9.8), beam (9.825), and tied for first on floor (9.85). Burke also won the all-around with a score of 39.25, which is her season high.

Iowa In Action

Iowa has posted several top scores this season. Freshmen Turcotte and Jenny Donar, and sophomore Jen Simbhudas, have Iowa’s top vault score at 9.9, while Burke holds Iowa’s top uneven bars score of 9.875. Burke also posted Iowa’s top beam performance (9.825). Simbhudas holds Iowa’s top floor score of 9.9, and Burke has Iowa’s top all-around score at 39.25.

Head Coach Larissa Libby

Iowa Head Coach Larissa Libby is in her third season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. In her first two years, Libby recorded a 12-31 overall record. 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.

Next Competition

The Hawkeyes will compete at Missouri, March 9th at 7 p.m.