GymHawks Travel To NC State

Feb. 2, 2011

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This Week
The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will travel to Raleigh, NC, to take on North Carolina State Feb. 6. The No. 18 Wolfpack will host the 23rd-ranked Hawkeyes inside Reynolds Coliseum. Action is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. (CT). Fans can follow the action live on the Official Iowa Gymnastics Blog found on

Scouting The Wolfpack
NC State moved to a season record of 1-3 with a third place finish in Gainesville, FL, Jan. 28. Florida (197.500) won the three-team meet while Penn St. (195.300) placed second and the Wolfpack (194.075) finished third. NC State will host Iowa State and George Washington Feb. 4 before the Hawkeyes come to town. Competition will also be held at Reynolds Coliseum and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (CT).

Last Time Out
The Hawkeyes dropped a Big Ten match-up at Illinois, 193.475-194.775, Jan. 29. Junior Jessa Hansen led the Hawkeyes in the all-around competition, placing fourth with a 38.875. Junior Annie Szatkowski set two season marks on the night, one on vault (9.725) and the other on beam (9.700). With a season record of 3-3 (2-3), the GymHawks are rated sixth in the Big Ten.

Big Ten Rankings
After four competitions, the Hawkeyes own 8 top-10 individual Big Ten rankings throughout the five different events. Senior Houry Gebeshian is tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 12th in the nation with an average score on bars of 9.844. Senior Rebecca Simbhudas is tied for fourth on floor with a season average of 9.852.

Head Coach Larissa Libby
In her seventh season at Iowa, Larissa Libby has a career record of 55-64-1. Libby coached the 2010 GymHawks to a third place finish at the Big Ten Championships, their best finish in six years, as well as their fourth regional appearance in six seasons. She was named North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2009 for her efforts in guiding the GymHawks to a 10-5 record and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Regionals. She was also named co-Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2008. Libby served as associate head coach in 2004 and assistant coach from 2001-03 at Iowa before being named head coach in 2005.

Next Competition
The Hawkeyes will return home to host the University of Denver Feb. 11. Competition will be held at the UI Field House and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT).