Hawkeyes Earn Six Top-Ten Individual Performances

March 29, 2008

ANN ARBOR, MI – Iowa competed at the Big Ten Championships Saturday, placing fifth with a 194.775. Katie Burke was Iowa’s top all-around competitor, tying for 10th with a 38.9. The Hawkeyes had six top-ten individual performances.

The Hawkeyes first competed on floor, posting a 48.675. Jenifer Simbhudas was Iowa’s best competitor in the event, scoring 9.8 to tie for 10th. Katie Burke tied for 15th with a 9.775 while Kara Pinjuv, Brandi Loffer and Jenny Donar tied for 29th with a 9.7. Houry Gebeshian rounded out Iowa’s floor competitors with a 39th-place tie 9.675.

Moving on to vault Iowa scored a 48.125. Pinjuv had the Hawkeyes’ best performance, posting a 9.775 to tie for 16th. Freshman Rebecca Simbhudas posted a respectable 9.7 to tie for 27th while Loffer earned a 9.675 for a 30th- place tie. Gebeshian finished 39th with a 9.5 while Burke was right behind her with a 40th-place 9.475. J. Simbhudas placed 41st with a 9.45.

Next competing on bars, the Hawkeyes scored a 48.925. Gebeshian performed first on the event for Iowa, earning a 9.85 for Iowa’s best score and an overall sixth place tie. R. Simbhudas came in second to Gebeshian for the Hawkeyes, posting a 9.825 to tie for 12th overall. Burke finished tied for 15th with a 9.8 while J. Simbhudas followed in a tie for 21st with a 9.775. Ally Zipse tied her season best bars score with a 9.75, tying for 25th. Loffer completed Iowa’s bars line-up, posting a 9.675 to finish 35th.

Iowa finished up the Big Ten Championships on beam with a 48.975. The event was Iowa’s best of the day with three top-ten finishes. Burke had Iowa’s best showing, scoring a 9.85 to tie for fifth. R. Simbhudas and Pinjuv followed posting scores of 9.825 and 9.8, respectively. R. Simbhudas tied for eighth while Pinjuv’s score earned her a tie for 10th. Loffer finished in a tie for 15th with a 9.775 while J. Simbhudas tied for 25th with a 9.725. Gebeshian scored a 9.7 for a 27th-place tie.

Iowa had four all-around competitors; Burke, Gebeshian, Loffer and J. Simbhudas. Burke earned Iowa’s top all-around score with a 38.9 to tie for 10th. Loffer finished 12th with a 38.825 while J. Simbhudas placed 14th with a 38.75. Gebeshian scored 38.725 for a 15th-place finish.

“It’s hard to say how to feel right now. How well we performed tonight was not reflected in our team score,” said Iowa Head Coach Larissa Libby. The rotation order hurt us as we are used to performing last on floor and tonight had to do it first. However, it was a great lesson for the team to learn that we always have to do well in every competition on every event. We had some great performances and there were a lot of positives in tonight’s competition. We have a couple weeks to work on vault and maintain our level of competition on the other three events before regionals.”

The Hawkeyes will find out which regional they compete at, Sunday. Regional competition will take place April 12.

Final Team Scores    Team          Vault  Bars    Beam    Floor   Total1. Michigan 49.225  49.425  49.050  49.050  196.7502. Illinois 49.100  48.825  49.050  48.775  195.7503. Penn State   48.900  49.000  48.900  48.825  195.6254. Michigan State   48.625  49.000  48.575  48.850  195.0505. Iowa        48.125    49.000  48.975  48.675  194.7756. Minnesota    48.700  48.825  48.225  48.675  194.4257. Ohio State   48.675  48.400  47.925  49.075  194.075
Individual Results: Vault (winner plus Iowa)1. Brandi Personett (Penn State)    9.95016t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa)         9.77527t. Rebecca Simbhudas (Iowa)    9.70030t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa)     9.67539. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa)      9.50040. Katie Burke (Iowa)          9.47541. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)    9.450
Uneven Bars (winner plus Iowa)1. Sarah Curtis (Michigan)      9.9506t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa)      9.85012t. Rebecca Simbhudas (Iowa)    9.82515t. Katie Burke (Iowa)         9.80021t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)   9.77525t. Ally Zipse (Iowa)       9.75035. Brandi Loffer (Iowa)      9.675
Balance Beam (winner plus Iowa)1. Julie Crall (Illinois)       9.9005t. Katie Burke (Iowa)          9.8508t. Rebecca Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.82510t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa)         9.80015t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa)     9.77525t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)   9.72527t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa)     9.700
Floor Exercise (winner plus Iowa)1. Kylee Botterman (Michigan)   9.90010t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)   9.80015t. Katie Burke (Iowa)         9.77529t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa)         9.70029t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa)     9.70029t. Jenny Donar (Iowa)         9.70036t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa)     9.675
All-Around (winner plus Iowa)1. Brandi Personett (Penn State)    39.52510t. Katie Burke (Iowa)         38.90012. Brandi Loffer (Iowa)      38.82514. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)    38.75015. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa)      38.725="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/pre%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3E%3Cbr%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3C/p%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Ctable%20border='0'%20cellpadding='0'%20cellspacing='0'%20align='left'%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Ctr%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Ctd%20align='center'%20width="150">




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