Feb. 22, 2011
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The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will host No. 22 Iowa State Feb. 25 before traveling to Lincoln, NE, for the Nebraska-hosted Masters Classic Feb. 27. The No. 15 Hawkeyes will look to remain unbeaten at home when they take on the Cyclones inside the UI Field House at 7 p.m. (CT). The Masters Classic will begin at 2 p.m. (CT) inside the Devaney Center.
Scouting The Cyclones
The Cyclones improved to a season record of 7-3-1 after a pair of meets last weekend. After a 196.350-195.850 home win over the Hawkeyes Feb. 18, Iowa State traveled to Minneapolis, MN, to take on the Golden Gophers Feb. 20. Minnesota won the meet, 195.600-194.950. The Cyclones are led by freshman Michelle Shealy who is ranked 15th nationally in the all-around.
Friday’s meet against the Cyclones will be a “Pink Meet”. The first 200 fans will receive a pink “Iowa Gymnastics Beat State” t-shirt. There will also be free pink “Perfect 10” placards and post-meet autographs with the GymHawks. Fans are encouraged to where pink and cheer on the Hawkeyes in the most recent installment of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series.
Along with the Hawkeyes, No. 12 Nebraska will host Bowling Green and Kentucky at the Masters Classic. The Huskers are 4-7 on the season, with nine top-25 opponents to date. They are led by returning all-Americans Lora Evenstad and Brittany Skinner.
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.
In their last home meet of the season, the Hawkeyes will host Northern Illinois March 5. Competition is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (CT) in the UI Field House.