GymHawks Cruise To Third Straight Meet Win

Jan. 31, 2009

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IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team defeated University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Texas Woman’s University inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday night, finishing the tri-meet in first place a total score of 195.050. With the win, Iowa improves its record to 6-2 overall and have defeated six straight teams over a three-week span, including two road wins against ranked opponents.

“The most surprising outcome about this meet was that our kids were unhappy with a 195,” said head coach Larissa Libby. “We’re moving in the right direction and gaining maturity and confidence in each meet going forward.”

The GymHawks won each of the four events in convincing fashion en route to their third straight meet win. Continuing to be Iowa’s two-headed monster in the all-around, sophomore Houry Gebeshian edged teammate Jenifer Simbhudas to win the all-around title with a score of 39.150. Simbhudas finished in a close second with a 39.125.

Iowa started the meet off on vault and their performances didn’t skip a beat. Each of the GymHawks scored a 9.7 or higher, led J. Simbhudas, who scored a 9.825. Her sister, sophomore Rebecca Simbhudas earned her highest mark on vault this season with a 9.775. Senior Kara Pinjuv also scored a 9.775, while Gebeshian, who won the all-around title last week at Illinois, received a 9.750.

The dominance continued on bars, where three GymHawks set season-highs, led by R. Simbhudas (9.875). Simbhudas’ score was also the highest mark any Hawkeye has received on bars this season. In addition, J. Simbhudas and freshman Jessa Hansen also reached season-highs, scoring 9.825 and 9.725, respectively.

The GymHawks endured a shaky start on balance beam, but three more GymHawks netted season-highs. Pinjuv, R. Simbhudas and Gebeshian all tied for first place with identical scores of 9.850 and Pinjuv’s score is also her career high, breaking her previous mark of 9.8 set in March 2007.

Iowa capped off their evening on floor, led by impressive performances from J. Simbhudas and Pinjuv. Simbhudas scored a 9.900 and Pinjuv received a 9.875, tying her career-high from January 2007.

Next weekend, Iowa travels to Columbus, OH, for a dual-meet with Big Ten rival Ohio State. Meet time is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) and will be taped by the Big Ten Network. The meet will air in its entirety Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

“Ohio State is a very hard place to compete,” said Libby. “They are a tough team and I know they are gunning to beat us. It’s going to take everything we’ve got – a consistent, clean performance.”

Final Team ScoresPlace    Team    Vault   Bars        Beam        Floor       Total1.   IOWA        48.850  48.900      48.350      48.950      195.0502.  TWU 47.475  47.225      47.800      47.375      189.8753.  UW-W    47.300  44.625      47.400      45.925      185.250

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