GymHawks Sign 4 Prep Standouts

Dec. 6, 2012

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Amanda Kowalski, Angel Metcalf, Lexi Mura and Kyra Trowbridge have signed national letters of intent to join the University of Iowa women’s gymnastics program, head coach Larissa Libby announced on Thursday. Trowbridge will begin competing for the GymHawks in 2013, and Kowalski, Metcalf and Mura will join the program next fall.

“This class will make a huge difference to where we are, depth-wise,” said Libby. “All the athletes complement one another, and there is nothing they want more than to make a difference for Iowa gymnastics. You have to take kids that bleed Black and Gold, and that’s what this class does.”

Gymnastics Recruiting Class
Name Club Gym Hometown
Amanda Kowalski Perfection Gymnastics West Chester, Ohio
Angel Metcalf International Sports Center Matthews, N.C.
Lexi Mura World Class Gymnastics Center Belleville, Ill.
Kyra Trowbridge Paragon Gymnastics Fredericksburg, Va.

Amanda Kowalski

Amanda Kowalski — Perfection Gymnastics, West Chester, Ohio
Kowalski finished the 2012 season placing fifth in the all-around at the Region 5 Championship and sixth in the all-around at the Junior Olympic National Championship. Kowalski competed in the 2012 TOPS Super Challenge, earning first place on vault and beam. In 2011, Kowalski finished third in the all-around at the Ohio State Championship, qualifying to the Region 5 Championship.

“Amanda is an excellent competitor,” said Libby. “When she is put under the gun, she turns it up, and we were drawn to that. We are very impressed with how driven Amanda is in both academics and athletics. She will be an excellent addition to our program.”

Angel Metcalf

Angel Metcalf — International Sports Center, Matthews, N.C.
Metcalf is a 2012 Junior Olympic NIT beam silver medalist, Region 8 Championship qualifier and alternate for the Junior Olympic Region 8 team. In 2011, Metcalf placed second on beam at the North Carolina State Championship and qualified to the Region 8 Championship.

“Angel was a great fit right away and has a wonderful team mentality,” said Libby. “She is a phenomenal vaulter. Angel has the desire to be great and is working hard to improve her gymnastics every day.”

Lexi Mura

Lexi Mura — World Class Gymnastics Center, Belleville, Ill.
Mura placed second in the all-around and first on the balance beam at the Junior Olympic NIT Championships. Mura finished second in the all-around at the Illinois State Championship, qualifying to the Region 5 Championship. In 2011, Mura was the Region 5 bar champion and a Junior Olympic NIT qualifier.

“Lexi works extremely hard and loves a challenge,” said Libby. “She is a powerhouse and a rock on beam. We are thrilled to have her on campus next year.”

Kyra Trowbridge

Kyra Trowbridge — Paragon Gymnastics, Fredericksburg, Va.
Trowbridge is a four-time Junior Olympic National qualifier, placing 34th in the all-around in 2012. Trowbridge placed sixth in the all-around at the 2012 Virginia State Championships and was the floor champion at the 2012 Region 7 Championships. In 2011, Trowbridge placed 13th in the all-around, sixth on vault and fifth on floor at the Junior Olympic Championship after finishing first on vault and floor at the Region 7 Championship.

“We are excited to have Kyra here in January,” said Libby. “She will make an immediate impact on vault, beam and floor and will be crucial to fill the holes. Kyra is brilliant and fits the mold of student-athlete. To come in and contribute as a freshman is a big deal, and she is more than capable.”


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