Iowa Falls To LSU, 195.550-191.525

Jan. 12, 2008

The Iowa women’s gymnastics team fell to tenth-ranked LSU tonight, 195.550-191.525 in Baton Rouge.

Jen Simbhudas had a strong showing against the Tigers, earning Iowa’s best score in three events. On vault, Simbhudas tied for third with Nicole Lyons and Staci Schwitkis of LSU, scoring a 9.775. Moving to bars, Simbhudas earned a 9.725 for a fifth place finish and went on to place third on beam, scoring a 9.8. Simbhudas placed seventh on floor with a 9.6, earning a 38.9 in the all-around to finish third.

On vault, the Hawkeyes had other strong performances from Kara Pinjuv and Brandi Loffer, who earned scored of 9.65 and 9.625 to finish seventh and eighth, respectively. Freshman Houry Gebeshian and senior Katie Burke tied for ninth in the event with a 9.575.

In the second rotation, competing on bars, Iowa’s next strongest performance after Simbhudas came from Gebeshian who scored 9.675 to finish seventh. Burke earned a 9.65 to finish eighth while Pinjuv scored 9.6 to finish ninth and Loffer finished tenth with a 9.45.

Moving on to beam, Gebeshian was again Iowa’s next best performance after Simbhudas, earning a 9.75 to finish fifth. Loffer finished seventh with a 9.65 while Nikki Page finished ninth, scoring 9.125, and Pinjuv finished tenth with a 9.050.

Wrapping up on floor, Pinjuv had the highest score for Iowa, finishing sixth with a 9.675, while Simbhudas came in seventh with a 9.600. Other scores include Burke (9.575) finishing eighth, and Jenny Donar and Brandi Loffer tied for ninth (9.500).

Other all-around scores include Loffer finishing fourth (38.225), and Pinjuv finishing fifth (37.975).

Iowa will travel to Mount Pleasant, MI for next Friday’s meet at Central Michigan. Competition is set to begin at 6 p.m. (CST).

Vault (winner plus Iowa):1. Ashleigh Clare-Kearney (LSU) 9.9503t. Jen Simbhudas (Iowa)    9.7757. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa)       9.6508. Brandi Loffer (Iowa)       9.6259t. Katie Burke (Iowa)      9.5759t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa)  9.575
Bars (winner plus Iowa):1. Sabrina Franceshelli (LSU) 9.8255. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.7257. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa) 9.6758. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.6509. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.60010. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.450
Beam (winner plus Iowa):1. Ashleigh Clare-Kearney (LSU) 9.8503. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.8005. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa) 9.7507. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.6509. Nikki Page (Iowa) 9.12510. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.050
Floor (winner plus Iowa):1. Ashleigh Clare-Kearney (LSU) 9.8756. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.6757. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.6008. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.5759t. Jenny Donar (Iowa) 9.5009t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.500
All-Around (winner plus Iowa):1. Ashleigh Clare-Kearney (LSU) 39.4253. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 38.9004. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 38.2255. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 37.975=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>

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