Feb. 4, 2015
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The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday for a conference meet against Nebraska. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (CT) inside the Devaney Center.
LAST TIME OUT:
The GymHawks defeated Maryland on Jan. 30, 195.725-195.275, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The score marked a new season best for the Hawkeyes. On the beam, the Hawkeyes managed to post a 49.025 to surpass their previous season best on beam at No. 22 Ohio State (48.125). Alie 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. 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.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
No. 7 Nebraska fell to No. 4 Michigan, 197.300-195.875 on Jan. 31 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Last season, the Huskers ended with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Nebraska is currently ranked first nationally as a team on the vault (49.456 average score), 16th nationally on the bars (48.925), 19th on the beam (48.719) and tied with Iowa for 10th nationally on floor (49.038).
IN THE RANKINGS:
Iowa is currently ranked No. 28 nationally. The GymHawks rank 20th nationally as a team on the uneven bars (48.900 average score) and 10th nationally on the floor (49.038).
The majority of GymHawks are underclassmen, with six freshmen, six sophomores, three juniors, and three seniors on the roster.
This season, the Hawkeyes welcome six newcomers — Ashley Fischer, Lanie Snyder, Melissa Zurawski, Nikki Youd, Jori Robertson, and Megan Ruzicka — to the 2015 squad. Iowa also wel- comes new additions to the coaching staff. Assistant coach Jennifer Green comes to Iowa after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri for two years and Caleb Phillips returns to Iowa, where he previously coached from 2008-13.
METCALF, HOERR NAMED TO BIG TEN WATCH LIST:
Angel Metcalf and Sydney Hoerr have been named to the 2015 Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch List. Metcalf, one of six sophomores to make the list, hails from Swansboro, North Carolina. She cap- tured her third all-around title last season season against No. 20 Ohio State on Feb. 14 in Iowa’s an- nual Pink Meet. Metcalf improved her all-around score to 39.325. She previously posted a season best at Georgia (39.100). Metcalf received a bid to NCAA Regionals with five of her teammates to compete in the all-around. She competed in 12 meets last 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 the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
Hoerr, who was also featured on the 2014 Big Ten Watch List, is a senior from Bloomington, Il- linois. The 2014 second team All-Big Ten honoree 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) last season. She competed in all 12 meets in addition to NCAA Regionals, while competing in the all-around in seven competitions. Hoerr led Iowa on the bars with a regional qualifying score of 9.855, tying for 54th nationally. Hoerr is also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
IOWA SELECTED TO HOST 2016 NCAA REGIONAL:
The University of Iowa and Carver-Hawkeye Arena have been selected to host a 2016 NCAA Re- gional (April 2, 2016) in women’s gymnastics. Iowa last hosted an NCAA Regional in 2009.
HEAD COACH Larissa Libby:
Larissa Libby enters her 11th year as head coach, and 15th year overall, at the University of Iowa in 2014-15. In 2014, six Hawkeyes were selected for NCAA Regional com- petition. Alie Glover, Angel Metcalf, and Sydney Hoerr were selected as all-around competitors, while Jordyn Doherty competed on vault and Mollie Drenth competed on floor. Maryah Huntley was selected as the alternate behind Drenth on floor. Libby coached Hoerr to second team All-Big Ten honors, while Hoerr, Caitlin Tanzer and Glover earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Libby led Iowa to its sixth-consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, the seventh in her tenure, in 2013.
PRACTICE FACILITY RENOVATION:
The women’s gymnastics team is amidst a practice facility renovation. The gym — located in the UI Field House — is scheduled to be completed in February 2015. The renovation will include new equipment, more space to train, and enhanced safety and resources for Hawkeye student-athletes.
Fans interested in attending 2015 home meets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena should visit hawkeyesports.com or contact the UI Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800 IA-HAWKS. Fans purchasing season tickets ($15) will gain admission to four home competitions at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including three against league opponents (Michigan State/Ball State, Maryland, Illinois) and the home finale against in-state rival Iowa State. All youth, 18 and younger, and UI students are admitted free to all home events.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES:
A member of the Iowa gymnastics staff will offer interactive Twitter content live at every event this season via @iowagymnastics. This feature gives Hawkeye fans the opportunity to stay up to date on the latest news and scores during every meet.
Web Address: hawkeyesports.com (check the schedule page for live stats and live streams)
Iowa will return home to host Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at the dual and the event will serve as Iowa’s annual ‘Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness’ meet.