Feb. 27, 2011
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Lincoln, Neb. – The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team finished second at the four-team Master’s Classic Feb. 27. The Hawkeyes finished with a team score of 195.500 while Nebraska won with a score of 196.500. The University of Kentucky took home third (194.650) while Bowling Green placed fourth (189.450). The No. 15 Hawkeyes now own a record of 8-6. Competition was held inside Nebraska’s Devaney Center.
Senior, and returning all-American, Rebecca Simbhudas continued to shine as she won her fifth-consecutive all-around title. The Markham, Ontario, native posted a score of 39.275 to take home the title. Junior Jessa Hansen was the only other all-around competitor for the GymHawks and she finished fifth with a score of 38.600.
The GymHawks placed second on vault with a score of 49.075. Simbhudas led the charge with a score of 9.875 and tied for third. Senior Houry Gebeshian tied for seventh with a 9.825 while senior Arielle Sucich and junior Annie Szatkowski tied for 11th with scores of 9.800. Additionally, sophomore Maya Wickus finished in 14th place after recording a 9.775.
Iowa placed second on bars (48.925) as Gebeshian led the way with her best performance of the day. The Newton, MA, native finished fourth with a 9.850 while freshman Tesla Cox posted an impressive 9.825 to take home fifth. Simbhudas, Hansen and sophomore Emma Stevenson all tied for ninth with scores of 9.750.
In the highest finish of any Hawkeye gymnast, Simbhudas tied for first on beam with a score of 9.825. Hansen tied for fourth with a 9.775 while senior Andrea Hurlburt finished eighth in her only event of the day. The Waterloo, IA, native recorded a score of 9.750. Szatkowski tied for ninth (9.725) and Sucich placed 15th (9.525). The Hawkeyes tied for second in the event with a score of 48.600.
In another second place team finish, the GymHawks posted a 48.900 on floor. After a career performance on floor just days ago, Hansen placed second with another impressive 9.900 performance. Simbhudas tied for seventh with a 9.825 while Szatkowski tied for 12th with a 9.775. Additionally, Stevenson scored a 9.725 and tied for 15th.
The Hawkeyes will return home to host Northern Illinois in their final home meet of the season March 5. Action is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (CT) inside the UI Field House.