IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 34 nationally-ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team hosts No. 8 Michigan on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. inside Carver Hawkeye Arena for 80’s night.
“It’s been a long time since this team has been to Iowa City and we are thrilled to be hosting them once again.” head coach Larissa Libby said, “B1G competition is always exciting, but for many reasons Friday night’s meet should be over the top!”
Iowa enters the fifth week of competition season ranked with an average score of 194.871. The GymHawks have an overall record of 4-5 and are 1-3 in the Big Ten. Iowa is currently ranked 19th on floor with Lauren Guerin recording 9.950 on floor two times this season.
The GymHawks are coming off a season-high team score weekend at Minnesota, falling to the Gophers (196.825-196.175) on Feb. 8. Iowa also recorded a season-high team score on beam (49.125). Freshman Daniela Castillo led the GymHawks with a career-high 9.875 on beam to place second in the event.
The GymHawks collected numerous career-highs at Minnesota on Feb. 8, including junior Erin Castle with a 9.825 on bars, and 9.775 on beam. Sophomore Allie Gilchrist recorded a 9.800 on floor, and freshman Allyson Steffensmeier recording a 9.800 on vault.
The Michigan Wolverines are currently ranked No. 8 nationally and second on vault, sixth on bars, ninth on floor, and 13th on beam. The Wolverines own a 6-0 record with their latest win over Ohio State on Feb. 9.
“Michigan is a perennial power in our conference and they are coming in as one of the program’s most successful seasons,” Libby explained, “With our young team, this will prove to be an excellent battle. Besides the amazing display of gymnastics.”
Michigan recorded a season-high team score of 49.350 on vault against Ohio State. Freshman Sierra Brooks recorded a 9.975, which tied for the third highest in the NCAA this season to win vault for the first time in her career on Feb. 9.
Friday’s meet is dedicated as an 80’s night and will include a DJ, free t-shirts, team posters and magnets and teased hair.
Fans can follow the GymHawks through live stats on hawkeyesports.com or follow @iowagymnastics on Twitter and Instagram. Live streaming of the meet will also be available.
The GymHawks will travel to Toledo, Ohio to compete at the Big Five meet on Feb 21, at 6 p.m. (CT).