GymHawks Travel To Iowa State

Feb. 15, 2011

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This Week
The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will travel to Ames, IA, to take on No. 23 Iowa State Feb. 18. The No. 20 Hawkeyes are coming off two-straight home wins and will challenge the Cyclones in the latest installment of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Competition will be held in Hilton Coliseum and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT).

Scouting The Cyclones
The Cyclones own a season record of 6-2-1. Most recently, they fell to No. 5 Oklahoma at home, despite scoring a season high of 195.375. They Cyclones were led by freshman Michelle Shealy who won her third-straight all-around title with a career best of 39.150.

Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series
In its seventh season, the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series is a 12-event series which awards two points (except football, which is worth three) to the winning school in each head-to-head match-up between the two institutions. The series is tied 3-3 in the in-state competition that began in 2004-05. The Hawkeyes are winning the 2010-11 series, 11-8. A win from the GymHawks Friday evening will clinch this year’s Cy-Hawk Series for the Hawkeyes.

Last Time Out
The GymHawks picked up two wins at home last weekend, besting Denver (196.350) Friday evening and Wisconsin-Stout (195.300) Sunday afternoon. Senior Rebecca Simbhudas won the all-around title in both meets, setting a career-high (39.525) against Denver. Between the two meets, Iowa set season team marks in every event.

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 Feb. 25 to take on the Cyclones once again. The meet will be held in the UI Field House and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT).