Feb. 23, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team concluded its home schedule on Sunday, defeating the University of Illinois-Chicago 195.125-193.800 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The score marks a new season best for the Hawkeyes.
“I’m always thankful after we walk away from every meet,” said head coach Larissa Libby. “We started the season so rough with all those injuries and after a while you have that little bit of fear every time you go out, but they refuse to give up. I am so unbelievably proud of them right now.”
The Flames finished on bars with a team total of 48.775.
The GymHawks then moved to bars where sophomore Alie Glover led with a 9.825. Iowa took the lead during the second rotation, tallying a 48.725 on bars and adding to its team score of 97.375.
UIC posted a 48.325 on vault, bringing its team total to 97.100 at the midway point. The Hawkeyes maintained their lead once on beam, posting a 48.725 to surpass their previous season-best on beam at Illinois (48.725). Freshman Angel Metcalf tallied a season-best on beam with a 9.875, topping her previous best of 9.825 against Ohio State.
Iowa’s team score stood at 146.100 entering the final rotation, while UIC stood at 145.600.
Iowa finished the day in solid fashion posting a 49.025 on the floor. The Hawkeyes were led by Metcalf, who posted a 9.850. The Flames posted a 48.200 on the beam, and Iowa held on to win the meet 195.125-193.800, posting its best score of the season, topping its previous best of a 195.075 on Feb. 14 against Ohio State.
Glover came in second for the all-around competition, tallying a 39.050. Metcalf also competed in the all-around, placing third with a 38.950 to finish out the meet. “Moving on, it’s good for them to be able to take that experience knowing that we finished out the home season well, that they can hit on all four events, and even though things might go bad we can still recover, ” said Libby. “We’re on the road for the rest of the season and we’re so thankful for our fans and appreciative of their constant support.”
Iowa will travel to Boise, Idaho to take on Boise State on Feb. 28. The meet is set to begin at 8 p.m. (CT) inside Taco Bell Arena.