Henderson Named CGN Comeback Gymnast of the Year

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa sophomore JerQuavia Henderson has been selected as College Gym News Comeback Gymnast of the Year, it was announced by the CGA.

The Peoria, Illinois, native missed the 2020 season after rupturing her Achilles before returning in 2021 to earn All-America honors. Henderson also earned a share of the Big Ten floor title with a 9.950 and she tied for first on floor at NCAA Regionals with a 9.925.

Henderson earned second-team WCGA All-America honors on floor after posting a 9.944 national qualifying score during the regular season. She was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection and she tied the Iowa school record during a tri-meet against Minnesota and Maryland on Feb. 13 with a score of 9.975. She received a 10.00 from one judge to tie the record last set in 2004.

During the course of the season, Henderson competed in all-around in eight meets. She posted a season-high 39.325 in her all-around debut at Illinois on Jan. 31 and her second highest score came at NCAA Regionals when she had a 39.250.

The GymHawks enjoyed a banner year, winning their first Big Ten title in school history. Iowa climbed to as high as No. 7 in the national rankings – a program high – and the team accounted for four of the top nine team scores in school history.