COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Three Hawkeyes – Bridget Killian, Mackenzie Vance, and Lauren Guerin – won event titles as the University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team fell to Maryland, 196.125-195.675 in College Park on Sunday afternoon.
The meet began two hours later than scheduled due to travels delays.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH LARISSA LIBBY
“After the craziness of being stranded in O’Hare airport for since Friday morning, I have to say that I am ecstatic about how the team performed today. When situations that like occur it takes you out of your “zone” and sometimes the adjustments, both mental and physical can be too much to overcome.”
“The little things today, that’s what held value for us. Allyson’s 9.925 on bars, Lauren’s 9.95 on floor (edging so close to that perfect 10 each time), Bridget’s first time in the all-around, Mackenzie winning her first beam title, and the final team score being something that will help instead of hinder our ranking…. absolutely some of the amazing things that came out of today’s competition.”
The GymHawks started the meet off strong with a team score of 48.975. Freshman Allyson Steffensmeier led Iowa with a 9.925, earning herself a new career high. Senior Clair Kaji followed with a 9.850.
The GymHawks continued on vault, scoring 48.775. Sophomore Bridget Killian led the Hawkeyes with a score of 9.825 to take first place on the event. Sophomore Lauren Guerin followed with a 9.800 to take second. Freshman Allyson Steffensmeier and Madelyn Solomon tied at fifth place with a score of 9.750.
Iowa’s floor rotation, highest event score of the night, was led by Lauren Guerin who earned herself a new career-high with a score of 9.950. Junior Erin Castle followed up with a 9.850. While Ariana Agrapides (9.825), Bridget Killian (9.800) and Allie Gilchrist (9.775) came next and closed the Hawkeyes’ event score of 49.200.
The final event for the Hawkeyes was beam. Sophomore Mackenzie Vance led the Hawkeyes with a 9.875 to take first place on the event.
Freshman Dani Castillo came in third with 9.800, and sophomore Allie Gilchrist tied for fourth place with 9.775.
Sophomore Bridget Killian was the only Hawkeye to compete all-around, Killian finished with a score of 39.025.
The GymHawks travel to State College, Pa., to take on the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Jan. 25. The meet will begin at 3 p.m. (CT).