GymHawks Open Home Slate Against Ohio State

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team opens its home slate against Ohio State on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Parking is free for the home meet on Friday. Fans are encouraged to park in Lot 46, the parking lot connected to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Friday’s meet marks Camp Reunion, Hawkeye School Days, and Junior Hawk Club Night.
The GymHawks will have four different special edition posters, with one edition available at each home meet throughout the season. The first 500 fans at each home meet will receive a poster, so fans are encouraged to come early to all home meets to collect the entire series.
The Kids Zone will be available for young Hawkeye fans prior to all meets this season. It will open one and a half hours prior to the meet for season ticket holders and one hour before the meet for the general public. The Kids Zone will include tattoos, a poster making station, and the balance beam. A few lucky fans will also be selected for the “Best Seat in the House” with floor seats.
The meet will be live streamed on Hawkeye All-Access. A link can be found on the women’s gymnastics schedule page on
Live stats links throughout the season can be found on the women’s gymnastics schedule page on
Ohio State is ranked No. 37 nationally and tenth in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes are 0-2 overall after falling, 197.550-194.925, to No. 3 Michigan on Jan. 13. Nationally, the team is also ranked tenth on floor (49.063 average), 20th on vault (48.838), 45th on beam (48.063), and 47th on bars (48.100). Ohio State returns ten letterwinners off its 2017 NCAA Regional squad, including Big Ten Preseason Gymnast to Watch Alexis Mattern, and welcome six newcomers.
Iowa notched a win in its Big Ten opener, defeating Michigan State, 193.375-192.900, in East Lansing, Michigan, on Jan. 13.
Two GymHawks took home event titles and the team registered 12 top-three finishes to highlight the competition. Junior Maria Ortiz won vault (9.775), while junior Sydney Hogan took home the title on beam (9.850).
Iowa is ranked fifth in the Big Ten Conference and No. 45 in the nation.
As a team, the GymHawks rank 33rd on floor (48.788), 35th on vault (48.688), 35th on beam (48.875 average), and 56th on bars (47.650).
Five Hawkeyes rank in the top 100 nationally in event standings:
All-Around: Sophomore Charlotte Sullivan ranks 66th in the all-around (38.725).
Vault: Senior Nikki Youd stands at 88th (9.787) and junior Maria Ortiz stands at 98th (9.775) in vault rankings.
Beam: On beam, junior Sydney Hogan ranks 33rd (9.850) and Youd ranks 81st (9.800).
Floor: Sophomore Clair Kaji stands at 98th (9.800) on floor exercise standings.
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