Minneapolis, Minn. – The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team fell short to the No. 6 ranked Gophers, 196.825-196.175. The GymHawks earned two season highs on Saturday night, including total team score and on beam (49.125).
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH LARISSA LIBBY
“Tonight’s performance was exactly what the team needed to get back on track. The grit and resilience these ladies demonstrated are just a few of the reasons why I was so excited about this team in the beginning of the year.”
“They have what it takes, they just needed a chance to prove to themselves that they are talented and capable. So proud of the team’s efforts tonight, but it’s time; it’s time for them to show what they are truly made of!”
The GymHawks started the meet on uneven bars with a strong team score of 48.875. Junior Erin Castle recorded a career high 9.825. Senior Clair Kaji followed with a 9.825. Both GymHawks tied for third, leading Iowa to the event title.
Iowa collected a score of 48.950 on vault. Sophomore Bridget Killian led the Hawkeyes with a 9.825, placing third in the event. Freshman Allyson Steffensmeier followed with a 9.800. Sophomore Lauren Guerin and freshman Ariana Agrapides recorded a set of 9.775s.
The GymHawks scored a strong team score of 49.225 on floor. The Hawkeyes were led by Guerin with a score of 9.925, earning the first-place title on floor and recording her fifth consecutive 9.900 or better score. Kaji’s season debut on floor was well executed, earning a 9.875. Sophomores Allie Gilchrist, Alex Greenwald, and Bridget Killian recorded 9.800s for the GymHawks.
Iowa earned a season-high team score of 49.125 on beam. Allie Gilchrist started strong for the GymHawks on beam with a 9.625. Freshman Dani Castillo led the GymHawks with a score of 9.875, earning herself a season-high score and placing second in the event. Mackenzie Vance followed with a 9.850 placing third.
The GymHawks host Michigan on Feb. 14 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, at 6 p.m. (CT).