IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 25 University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team hosts Western Michigan in Carver Hawkeye Arena for Senior Night on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT).
“Friday night will be emotionally difficult, but we need to keep manning up and demonstrate what we have. Get ready because we’re coming.” said Iowa head coach Larissa Libby.
Iowa enters the tenth week of the regular season with team NQS (National qualifying score) of 195.995 The GymHawks have an overall record of 7-9 and are 2-7 in the Big Ten.
The GymHawks are coming off wins over Iowa State on March 6, for the first time in Ames, Iowa since 2010, and West Virginia on Sunday. Iowa set a season-high team score against the Mountaineers (196.750-196.175) on March 8. Iowa also recorded a season-high team score on bars (49.225) with career highs from sophomore Carina Tolan (9.825), junior Erin Castle (9.850), and freshman Ellie Rogers (9.875).
The GymHawks also collected a season-high team score of 49.150 on vault. Sophomore Alex Greenwald (9.800) earned a season-high score, followed by freshman Maddy Solomon with a career-high 9.875.
Iowa is currently ranked No. 21 on floor with Lauren Guerin recording 9.950 on floor three times this season.
Against West Virginia, sophomores Lauren Guerin and Bridget Killian led the Hawkeyes on floor to earn a season-high team score of 49.400. Guerin recorded a 9.950 for the third time this season, claiming the event title. Killian placed third in the event and earned a career-high score (9.900).
Western Michigan is currently ranked No. 41 nationally and No. 33 on floor. The Broncos own a 6-2 dual meet record and a 5-1 record in the Mid-American Conference.
The Broncos are coming off a close meet against Kent State on March 8, winning 196.075-195.500, which tied for second best in the program history.
Western Michigan recorded a program record score of 49.375 on floor against Kent State on March 8. Junior Stacie Harrison finished with a career-high 9.925, tying for the third best in program history. Freshman Ronni Binstock followed with a career-high 9.900, which tied for the seventh-highest mark in Bronco history.
The Broncos recorded another season high team score of 48.925 on vault, with three scores of 9.750 and two of 9.825 or higher on March 8.
Friday’s meet is Senior Night and GymHawks will be recognizing the seniors after the meet and before awards.
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.