Hawkeyes Selected for Iowa City Regional

March 21, 2016

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 19th-ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team has been selected to compete in and host NCAA Regional competition inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 2 at 4 p.m. (CT). The GymHawks are one of 36 teams nationally to qualify for regional competition at one of six different sites.


“It never gets old seeing your name come up in a bracket for the first round of the national tournament,” said UI head coach Larissa Libby. “The idea that we are entering the national tournament is just amazing in itself. To have the girls see their name in lights is a wonderful feeling.

“Knowing that we are competing against the best as one of the best in the country at this point is absolutely gratifying for all the work we have put in all season long.”

No. 19 Iowa will host No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 30 Kent State, and No. 35 Central Michigan, in the Iowa City, Iowa regional. Competition will begin at 4 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, April 2, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Advancing from regional competition to the national championships will be a total of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors and event specialists. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Fort Worth, Texas, April 15-16.

In addition, the event winners at each regional will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.

“The crowd and the fans at Iowa are unbelievable,” said Libby. “That’s what picks us up and keeps us going. To come back home to them will be amazing.”

The NCAA also announced the rotation schedule for each regional. Iowa will start with a bye then rotate to the floor, vault, bars and beam, with another bye before bars.

Iowa has had representation at every NCAA Regionals since 2005 — with three seasons of individual representation and nine team appearances. Libby has led Iowa to nine NCAA postseason appearances in 12 seasons.

Last year, the GymHawks saw postseason action at the Auburn, Alabama Regional, where they tallied a 194.475 to secure a fifth place finish. Five GymHawks placed in the top 15 for individual events. Mollie Drenth posted a score of 9.825 on bars, good enough to secure a ninth place finish. Angel Metcalf and Johanny Sotillo both posted a 9.800 to tie for 12th.

2016 Regional Sites:

Iowa City Regional (University of Iowa, host) – 4 p.m.
1. Oklahoma
2. Nebraska
3. Arkansas
4. *Iowa
5. Kent St.
6. Central Mich.

Ann Arbor Regional (University of Michigan, host) – 6 p.m.
1. Auburn
2. *Michigan
3. Stanford
4. Eastern Michigan
5. Penn State
6. New Hampshire

Athens Regional (University of Georgia, host) – 4 p.m.
1. LSU
2. *Georgia
3. Oregon State
4. Arizona
5. George Washington
6. Michigan State

Minneapolis Regional (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, host) – 4 p.m.
1. Florida
2. Denver
3. *Minnesota
4. Missouri
5. Ohio State
6. BYU

Salt Lake City Regional (University of Utah, host) – 6 p.m.
1. *Utah
3. Washington
4. Southern Utah
5. Illinois
6. Utah State

Tuscaloosa Regional (University of Alabama, host) – 4 p.m.
1. *Alabama
2. California
3. Boise State
4. Kentucky
5. West Virginia
6. Bowling Green

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