Iowa Hosts Ohio State in Annual Pink Meet

Feb. 12, 2014

Weekly Release

The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team returns home to take on No. 20 Ohio State Friday in its annual Pink Meet. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Friday will serve as the annual Pink Meet to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. The first 200 fans will receive a Pink Iowa Gymnastics t-shirt and also serves as Elementary Night and all children in attendance will receive a Valentine and a pair of pink sunglasses. It is also Faculty and Staff Night and all University of Iowa Faculty and Staff will receive free admission to the meet with a valid ID, guest tickets are $5.

No. 20 Ohio State (1-5, 0-4) posted a season high score of 195.900 at No. 15 Minnesota on Friday. The Buckeyes tallied a season high on the uneven bars, tallying a 49.125 during their second rotation. In the end, the Golden Gophers took the meet with a final score of 196.025-195.900.

The last meeting between the Hawkeyes and the Buckeyes marked the 2013 conference opener. Iowa posted a then season high score of 194.200, increasing its team score by a full point. The GymHawks ultimately fell to Ohio State 194.925-194.200. Sydney Hoerr posted a career-high 39.100 in the all-around competition.

The GymHawks headed to East Lansing to take on Big Ten foe Michigan State on Jan. 7. Iowa led the meet going into the final rotation, 145.925-145.525, but struggled on beam falling to Michigan State 194.150-193.750. Sophomore Alie Glover tallied her highest vault score of the season registering a 9.825 and capturing the all-around title with a 39.025.

The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team posted a season best score of 195.050 at 17th ranked Illinois on Jan. 31, improving on its previous team best at Georgia (194.675). Iowa posted season-highs on vault (48.725) and beam (48.675). Freshmen Jordyn Doherty and Mollie Drenth tallied season-bests at the contest. Doherty put up a 9.800 on the vault and Drenth posted a 9.850 on the floor. Sophomore Alie Glover posted season highs on beam (9.825) and in the all-around competition with a 39.125.

On Jan. 24, the GymHawks drew a season-high home crowd of 1,641 as they hosted No. 9 Nebraska inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa posted a 193.250 in its conference opener. Freshman Mollie Drenth was the only Hawkeye to compete in the all-around, posting a 38.325.

The GymHawks will make three appearances on the Big Ten Network during the 2014 season. The three appearances equal the most of any of the eight league teams. The Hawkeyes made their season debut on BTN when they traveled to Illinois on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. (CT). The dual was televised as a tape delay on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. (CT). Iowa can be seen live on BTN when it faces Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn State in the B1G Quad Meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., on March 15 at 12:30 p.m. (CT). The meet is a new addition to the schedule. The Big Ten Championships, slated for March 22 in University Park, Pa., can also be seen live on the network.

HEAD COACH Larissa Libby:
Entering her 10th year as head coach of the Hawkeyes, Libby has her eyes set on a seventh-consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, the eighth in her tenure. During the 2013 regular season, Iowa clinched the Cy-Hawk Series, defeating Iowa State with a season-best, 196.375-194.575. Iowa was the only Big Ten team to down Minnesota, the regular season Big Ten Co-Champions. The Hawkeyes beat the Gophers, 195.725-195.550. Iowa found success off the floor as well, as four GymHawks — Sydney Hoerr, Emma Stevenson, Kaitlynn Urano and Emma Willis — received Academic All-Big Ten honors. In 2012, the Hawkeyes finished the season ranked 26th nationally, the team’s highest finish since 2004.

Fans interested in attending 2014 home meets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena should visit or contact the UI Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800 IA-HAWKS. The 2014 regular season includes four home competitions, two of which are against Big Ten foes Nebraska and Ohio State. Season tickets are currently on sale for $15 for adults. The season ticket package includes premium seating options and one Iowa women’s gymnastics t-shirt. All youth, 18 and younger, and UI students are admitted free to home matches.

The Hawkeyes welcome seven newcomers to the 2014 squad: Jordyn Doherty, Mollie Drenth, Ashleigh Edlin, Amanda Kowalski, Caroline McCrady, Angel Metcalf, and Lexi Mura. At Georgia, the vault line-up featured all freshmen. In total, 17 of the 24 routines were completed by freshmen.

The majority of GymHawks are underclassmen, with seven freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors. There are no seniors on the roster.

Two University of Iowa women’s gymnasts — Alie Glover and Sydney Hoerr — appear on the 2014 Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch List. Glover — one of three league sophomores named to the list — was the only GymHawk to compete in the all-around in all 12 meets in 2013 as a freshman. The Destin, Fla., native was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Feb. 8 last season after posting a career-high 39.050 for the all-around title against Michigan State and Illinois-Chicago. Glover scored 9.700 or better on bars 11-of-12 times, posting a career-high 9.825 at Southern Utah. Hoerr, an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, is a junior from Bloomington, Ill. She competed in the all-around in 10 meets last season. Hoerr won the bars title at Southern Utah with a career-best and team season-high 9.925, and won the all-around against Iowa State with a career-best and team season-high 39.400.

Two Big Ten women’s gymnastics teams (No. 7 Nebraska and No. 8 Michigan) are ranked in the top 10 nationally, while four others (No. 14 Minnesota, No. 15 Illinois, No. 20 Ohio State and No. 21 Penn State) sit in the top 25.

The Big Ten additionally has a presence in the top 10 rankings on individual events. On vault, Nebraska is ranked sixth with a team-high of 49.400 with Michigan sitting at No.9 with a total of 49.325. Michigan is the only Big Ten team ranked in the top 10 at eighth on the uneven bars posting a season-high of 49.475. Nebraska (fifth) and Michigan (10th) both have posted high numbers on the beam, tallying 49.400 and 49.250 respectively. Lastly on the floor, Minnesota, Michigan, and Nebraska sit at fifth, seventh, and eighth with scores of 49.425, 49.500, and 49.350.

In 2013, the GymHawks were selected to compete in NCAA Regional competition for the sixth-straight year under head coach Larissa Libby. The GymHawks were one of just 36 teams to receive an invitation to regional competition at one of six different sites. Iowa scored 194.475 for sixth place, while No. 2 Oklahoma won the meet, totaling 197.375. No. 11 Stanford earned second (196.800) followed by No. 22 Washington (195.925), No. 14 Penn State (195.875) and Southern Utah (194.850).

The University of Iowa and Carver-Hawkeye Arena have been selected to host a 2016 NCAA Regional (April 2, 2016) in women’s gymnastics. Iowa last hosted an NCAA Regional in 2009.

The GymHawks will take on the University of Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 23 in their home finale. The meet is set to begin at 3 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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