PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team finished second with a score of 195.275 at the Big Five meet on Saturday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center. With the second-place finish, the GymHawks earned a spot in the evening session at the Big Ten Championships on March 24 in Champaign, Illinois.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH LARISSA LIBBY
“We got to see Wicked on Thursday night, and there is a song called Defying Gravity. The point of the song is that your potential is unlimited. As long as you stay together, you are unlimited. You can be the greatest team the world has ever seen and as long as you stay together, there’s nothing anyone can do to touch you. That’s what we tried to absorb. We wanted to control our environment and do the things we always do.
“I was very proud of how the team handled themselves with the adversity. They had a blast and stayed focused on being themselves. Our beam team had a rough night, but we will come back with a vengeance. When we put those four events together, it’s going to be awesome, but it wasn’t in the cards tonight. So for today, I’m so pleased that they got the job done. We are in the night session next week at the Big Ten Championships, so we have another shot to prove ourselves.”
BIG FIVE MEET RESULTS
- Michigan – 197.225
- Iowa – 195.275
- Minnesota – 195.150
- Penn State – 194.375
- Rutgers – 193.725
- The GymHawks tied a season-high 49.00 on vault.
- Misty-Jade Carlson tied a season high on vault with a 9.750.
- Nicole Chow tied a personal-high 9.900 on bars, placing fourth in the event.
- Charlotte Sullivan tied a season-high 9.800 on vault.
- Melissa Zurawski earned third on vault, tying a career-best 9.850.
Sullivan earned a 39.225 for a sixth place finish in the all-around, while Chow posted a 35.600.
The GymHawks opened the Big Five meet with a 48.950 on floor. Sullivan led Iowa with a 9.825 and a sixth-place finish, while Lanie Snyder and Zurawski both earned 9.800s.
Iowa tied a season-high 49.00 on vault in its second rotation. Zurawski led the charge, placing third and tying a personal-high 9.850, while Nikki Youd earned fifth place with a 9.825. Sullivan tied a season-high 9.800.
In the third rotation, Iowa earned a 49.100 on bars. Chow notched a team-high 9.900, earning fourth. Zurawski followed with a 9.825, while Snyder and Sullivan each tallied a 9.800.
The Hawkeyes posted a 48.225 on beam in their final rotation. Youd earned fourth place with a 9.875, while Sullivan recorded a 9.800.
The GymHawks travel to Champaign, Illinois, for the Big Ten Championships on March 24 at 4 p.m. (CT) at the State Farm Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bigten.org or click here.