Looking Back: 2014 GymHawk Season

April 14, 2014

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The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team concluded the 2014 season at the NCAA Regionals in Minneapolis, as six Hawkeyes were selected for NCAA Regional competiton. Sophomore Alie Glover, freshman Angel Metcalf, and junior Sydney Hoerr were selected as all-around competitors, while freshman Jordyn Doherty was chosen to compete on vault and freshman Mollie Drenth competed on floor. Sophomore Maryah Huntley was selected as the alternate behind Drenth on floor. Competition took place April 5 in Minneapolis.

The University of Oklahoma (197.725) and University of Illinois (196.600) qualified for the NCAA Championships. Other teams competing at the Minneapolis Regional included the University of Minnesota (196.350), University of California (195.700), Southern Utah University (195.150), and San Jose State University (193.950).

The top two all-around competitors at all regional sites who are not members of advancing teams advanced to national competition in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20. Minnesota’s Lindsay Mable along with California’s Alicia Asturias advanced to the national competition based on their scores of 39.400 and 39.200 in the all-around competition, respectively.

Glover completed the night with a 39.075 in the all-around, followed closely by teammates Hoerr and Metcalf who tallied 38.700 and 38.125, respectively. Glover fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, finishing fourth in the all-around among those not on qualifying teams.

Doherty placed 16th on vault posting a 9.825 during the competition and Metcalf took 15th on bars (9.800), while Glover came in fifth on beam with a 9.875. Glover and Drenth finished in the top-20 on floor, both registering 9.800.

Juniors Sydney Hoerr and Caitlin Tanzer and sophomore Alie Glover were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees. Hoerr, a Bloomington, Ill. native, is a health and human physiology major. Tanzer is a business major from Naperville, Ill., and Glover studies pre-physical therapy and is a native of Destin, Fla.

Junior Sydney Hoerr was named second team All-Big Ten on March 18. All-conference teams were determined by regional qualifying scores. Hoerr, an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, is a junior from Bloomington, Ill. She was named to the 2014 Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch List in December. Hoerr registered Iowa’s individual season bests on the uneven bars (9.900 at Iowa State, March 7) and floor exercise (9.875 at Georgia, Jan. 20) this season. She competed in all 12 meets in addition to NCAA Regionals, while competing in the all-around in seven competitions. Hoerr leads Iowa on the bars with a regional qualifying score of 9.855, tying for 54th nationally.

Freshman Angel Metcalf captured her third all-around title of the season against No. 20 Ohio State on Feb. 14 in Iowa’s annual Pink Meet. Metcalf improved her all-around score to 39.325. She previously posted a season-best at Georgia (39.100). Metcalf finished ahead of two Buckeyes and two fellow teammates in the contest.

The Hawkeyes welcomed seven newcomers to the 2014 squad: Jordyn Doherty, Mollie Drenth, Ashleigh Edlin, Amanda Kowalski, Caroline McCrady, Angel Metcalf, and Lexi Mura. In total, 17 of the 24 routines were completed by freshmen.

Doherty competed in 11 of the 12 meets this season and received a bid to attend NCAA Regionals as an event specialist on vault. Her season best is a 9.875 that she tallied against Boise State on Feb. 28 and the score holds as the individual team best for the Hawkeyes.

Drenth also traveled to NCAA Regionals as an event specialist on the floor and has a season-best 9.850 that she posted first against Illinois (Jan. 31) and again at the Big Ten Championships on March 22. She competed in all 12 meets throughout the season and twice for the all-around title.

Edlin was entered into the line-up for all 12 meets this season on the vault, floor, and beam. Her season bests stand at 9.800 (at Big Ten Championships), 9.775 (at Illinois on Jan. 31) and 9.800 (against UIC on Feb. 23), respectively.

Kowalski competed on vault, bars, and beam in the six meets before her injury this season. Her season best on vault was collected against Michigan State on Feb. 7 (9.825), bars at Georgia on Jan. 20 (9.800), and beam against Nebraska on Jan. 24 (9.800).

McCrady saw action in all 12 meets this season on vault, posting her season-best of 9.750 three times, most recently at Iowa State on March 7.

Metcalf received a bid to NCAA Regionals with five of her teammates to compete in the all-around. She competed in 12 meets this season, nine of which she competed for the all-around title. Her season-best all-around score of 39.325 has been tallied twice, the most recent at Big Ten Championships and the score currently stands as the individual team best for the GymHawks.

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.

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