Iowa Faces No. 8 Nebraska

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team hosts No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m.
 
34530PARKING
Parking is free for Saturday’s home meet. Fans are encouraged to park in Lot 46, the parking lot connected to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
 
PROMOTIONS
Saturday’s meet is Princess and Superhero Day. Live characters will be present and fans are encouraged to dress up.
 
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 the remaining three home meets to collect the final three posters of the 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.
 
WATCH/FOLLOW ALONG
The meet will be live streamed on BTN Plus. A link can be found on the women’s gymnastics schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
 
Live stats links throughout the season can be found on the women’s gymnastics schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
 
THE COMPETITION
Nebraska holds a 4-0 record to rank No. 8 nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference. Nationally, the Cornhuskers also rank seventh on vault (49.150 average), eighth on beam (49.131), ninth on floor (49.188), and 22nd on bars (48.925). Led by head coach Dan Kendig, Nebaska returns nine letterwinners off its 2017 NCAA Championship squad, including Preseason Gymnast to Watch Sienna Crouse, and welcomes eight newcomers.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Iowa fell, 195.325-195.150, to Illinois on Feb. 3. This was the Hawkeyes first Big Ten loss this season.
 
Three GymHawks took home event titles and six GymHawks earned in season bests against the Fighting Illini. Senior Melissa Zurawski won floor with a season-high 9.875, while senior Nikki Youd and sophomore Charlotte Sullivan tied for the title on beam with scores of 9.875.
 
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked fourth in the Big Ten Conference and No. 36 in the nation.
 
As a team, the GymHawks rank 23rd on beam (48.775 average), 27th on floor (48.945), 39th on vault (48.720), and 53rd on bars (48.210).
 
Three Hawkeyes rank in the top 75 nationally in event standings:
All-Around: Sophomore Charlotte Sullivan ranks 54th in the all-around (39.030).
Beam: On beam, junior Nicole Chow stands at 15th (9.875), senior Nikki Youd stands at 52nd (9.835), and Sullivan at 64th (9.820).
 
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
For an inside look at the Iowa gymnastics program and access to exclusive coverage, “like” Iowa Women’s Gymnastics on Facebook and follow @IowaGymnastics on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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