IOWA CITY, Iowa – The No. 30 University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team channeled its inner princess and performed like superheroes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. The GymHawks defeated No. 31 West Virginia, 196.750-196.175, earning a season-high team score.
The GymHawks won three of four events against the Mountaineers and earning five individual career highs, tied four additional career highs, two Hawkeyes earned season highs, and the team recorded season highs on bars and floor, tied the season vault high, and broke the team season high.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH LARISSA LIBBY
“I have to thank our athletic training staff because without their guidance, we just survived our first two-meet weekend.”
“What a blessing and how amazing to have so many people in the stands, all the kids were so happy. You can totally feel that energy down here, and without them, I’m not sure if we could have made it. They sustained us, tremendously.”
The GymHawks started the meet off strong tying their season-high team score of 49.150 and won the event. Lauren Guerin led the Hawkeyes and won the event with a score of 9.900. Sophomore Alex Greenwald (9.800) earned a season-high score, followed by freshman Maddy Solomon (9.875) earning herself a career-high score and tying second in the event.
Iowa earned a season-high team score of 49.225 to win the event. Three career-high scores were recorded, including sophomore Carina Tolan (9.825), junior Erin Castle (9.850), and freshman Ellie Rogers (9.875). Rogers won the event title, and Castle and freshman Allyson Steffensmeier tied for second with a pair of 9.850s.
The GymHawks finished with a team score of 48.975 on beam, led by freshman Dani Castillo with a score of 9.850. Castillo placed second in the event. Senior Clair Kaji and Castle tied the event with a pair of 9.800s. Castle’s score tied her career best.
Iowa finished strong on floor with a season-high team score of 49.400 to win the event and meet. Guerin led the Hawkeyes with a 9.950 for the third time this season, claiming the event title. Sophomore Bridget Killian followed up with a 9.900, placing third in the event and earing a career-high score. Greenwald followed, tying for fourth and her career high (9.850).
The GymHawks host Western Michigan on Friday for Senior Night at 6 p.m. (CT).