Jan. 30, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team defeated Maryland on Friday night, 195.725-195.275, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The score marks a new season best for the Hawkeyes.
“The step that they took mentally today was huge for us,” said head coach Larissa Libby. “Coming from behind, learning how to win, and learning to block everything out so that you can pass your opponent is very tough. We just tried to keep them focused on the things that we wanted to accomplish. It was all about a look we wanted to present, a ferocity, regardless of what happened, and I think they did a really great job with that.”
Iowa started the meet on vault posting a 48.775. Junior Alie Glover and sophomore Angel Metcalf paced the GymHawks both posting a score of 9.800. The Terps started the night on bars posting a score 48.800.
The GymHawks then moved to bars where sophomore Mollie Drenth led with a 9.875. Iowa trailed Maryland during the second rotation, tallying a 48.950 and adding to its team score of 97.725. Maryland posted a 49.150 on vault, bringing its team total to 97.950 at the midway point.
The Hawkeyes managed to take the lead after posting a 49.025 to surpass their previous season best on beam at No. 22 Ohio State (48.125). Glover won the title on beam and tallied a season best with a 9.875, topping her previous best of 9.825 against Ohio State. Metcalf took second place overall on beam with a score of 9.825.
Iowa’s team score stood at 146.750 entering the final rotation, while Maryland stood at 146.475.
Iowa finished the day in solid fashion posting a 48.975 on floor. The Hawkeyes were led by senior Sydney Hoerr, who posted a 9.900 to win the floor title. The Terps posted a 48.800 on the beam, and Iowa held on to win the meet 195.725-195.275, posting its best score of the season, topping its previous best of a 195.225 on Jan. 24 against Ohio State.
“Our mindset coming into today was all about mentality, demeanor, confidence, keeping the energy up, and really building off one another,” said senior Sydney Hoerr. “We haven’t reached out full potential and I am excited for the point when we do, but we are on the right track.”
Iowa will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Feb. 7 for a conference meet against Nebraska. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (CT) inside the Devaney Center.