GymHawks Earn Berth to NCAA Regionals

March 21, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team has been selected to compete in NCAA Regional competition. The GymHawks were one of just 36 teams in Division I women’s gymnastics to receive an invitation to regional competition.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to compete in the regional hosted by Oregon State University. Host-school Oregon State, Nebraska, Iowa, Southern Utah, San Jose State and Michigan State will also compete in the Corvallis Regional. Competition is scheduled for April 2 at 6 p.m. (CT).

Iowa has faced Nebraska, Southern Utah and Michigan State this season. The Hawkeyes defeated Michigan State in a four-team meet Jan. 7 and also topped Southern Utah in a dual March 12. Nebraska edged Iowa, 196.500-195.500 in Lincoln at the Master’s Classic, Feb. 27.

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships April 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the NCAA Championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

Head Coach Larissa Libby has led Iowa to five NCAA Regional appearances in her seven seasons at the helm, including each of the last four seasons.

Last season, Rebecca Simbhudas advanced to the NCAA Championships in the all-around, eventually earning All-America honors on beam.