GymHawks Notebook: Pink Meet vs. Air Force, Ball State

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team makes its 2020 home debut against Air Force and Ball State on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The competition is dedicated as a Pink Meet (Breast Cancer Awareness). Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of those who have had and are battling cancer.

  • Live stats throughout the season can be found on the women’s gymnastics schedule page on
  • A live stream will be available on BTN+. A subscription is required. 
  • Follow along with updates from@iowagymnasticson Twitter.


  • Season tickets are available at, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or at the UI Athletics Ticket Office at the north entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • Season tickets are $30 and all seating is general admission. Youth ages 18 and under and UI students receive free admission to all regular season home meets.


  • The Falcons finished the 2019 season ranked No. 53 in the country.
  • Last season, the Falcons recorded a team score, 195.725, to win first-ever MPSF Championship title.
  • Air Force set season-high scores on the bars and floor exercise, posting 49.000 in each event.
  • Nationally, Air Force is ranked No. 47 for vault, No. 45 on beam, and No. 53 on bars.
  • The Falcons are led by head coach Andi Dolinsky-Webb, her first season as head coach for the Falcons.


  • The Cardinals finished the 2019 season ranked No. 45, according to Road to Nationals.
  • The Cardinals tallied ten wins and three gymnasts competed at an NCAA Regional in 2019.
  • Ball State captured three wins over North Carolina, Michigan State, and Rutgers with a young team (six freshmen and sophomores) competing regularly.
  • The Cardinals are led by head coach Joanna Saleem, entering her seventh season at Ball State.                   


  • Larissa Libby concluded her 15th season as head coach at Iowa and her 19th year overall.
  • Iowa returns first team All-Big Ten honoree, Clair Kaji for her senior season, along with second team All-Big Ten honoree, sophomore Lauren Guerin.
  • The Hawkeyes wrapped up their 2019 season at the NCAA Corvallis Regional with a score of 194.775, placing fourth in session two, but did not advance to the Regional final.
  • Iowa scored a season high 196.450 at Elevate the Stage/Big Five Meet on Feb. 22, 2019.
  • The GymHawks scored 195.400 versus Illinois on Feb. 16, scoring a 49.200 on bars and a season high of 49.400 on floor.
  • At the Big Ten Championships, the GymHawks finished sixth with a team score of 196.075.
  • Iowa finished the season ranked No. 31 overall in the final Road to Nationals Poll.


  • The GymHawks add six freshmen to the 2020 season: Ariana Agrapides, Dani Castillo, JerQuavia Henderson, Ellie Rogers, Madelyn Solomon, and Allyson Steffensmeier.
  • Agrapides is from Bayville, NJ and trained at Premier Gymnastics. She finished her high school career as 2019 State vault, floor, and all-around champion.
  • Castillo is a Miami, Florida, native who competed at American Twister’s under coaches Gary Anderson and Christy Ramírez. She won the Region 8 all-around Championships (38.375) and was the state runner up during the 2019 season.
  • Henderson comes from Peoria, Illinois, and trained at Gym Corner. In 2019, Henderson placed third in all-around at level 6/9/10 State Championship and was named Peoria Journal Star’s 2018 Central Illinois Best of Preps: Gymnast of the Year.
  • Rogers — a native of Spotsylvania, Virginia — trained at Paragon Gymnastics. She was a regionals qualifier sophomore-senior year.
  • Solomon comes from Waterloo, Iowa where she was trained by Kevin Crowley. Solomon was awarded United States Marines Distinguished Female Athletic Excellence Award in 2019.
  • Steffensmeier — a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa — rounds out the newcomers. She qualified for Junior Nationals three out of four years. In 2019, Steffensmeier claimed first place at Regionals in all-around with a score of 37.259.


  • The GymHawks travel to College Park, Maryland to take on the Terrapins on January 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. (CT)
  • Live results will be available at