Jan. 18, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team posted a 194.425 and finished second this afternoon in its home opener inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. No. 22 Michigan State (195.625) won the tri-meet and Ball State (193.350) rounded out scoring in third place.
“I am extremely disappointed and elated,” said head coach Larissa Libby. “We started out slow with the vault team. They just held back and I don’t like that. Bar team came out and absolutely nailed it, the beam team came up short, and then they came back with some great floor. But it is not enough to do two of the four.”
The GymHawks started the day on vault, posting a 48.450. Junior Alie Glover and sophomore Angel Metcalf both scored 9.725 during the rotation. Michigan State began on bars (48.700), while Ball State took on beam (47.700).
On bars, sophomore Mollie Drenth paced the GymHawks with a career best 9.875. Following in second, Metcalf tied her career best with a 9.850. Iowa tallied a 49.100, adding to its running total of 97.550. Michigan State and Ball State stood at 97.475 and 96.875, respectively, at the end of the second rotation.
The GymHawks then moved on to beam, where freshman Nikki Youd lead the charge with a score of 9.800, adding to the team score of 47.500. Team totals were 145.050 (Iowa), 146.325 (Michigan State), and 144.575 (Ball State) heading into the final rotation.
Iowa concluded the afternoon on floor posting a 49.375. Senior Sydney Hoerr scored a career best of 9.925 and Glover followed with a career best of her own, posting a score of 9.900.
“We have a lot of work to do because this is a team that just doesn’t miss in practice,” said Libby. “So we just have to figure out how to carry over from practice to competition.”
Iowa travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State on January 24. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. (CT) inside St. John Arena.