IOWA CITY, Iowa – The 18th-ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team has been picked to finish third in the Big Ten Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday by the Big Ten office. Two Hawkeyes — junior JerQuavia Henderson and sophomore Adeline Kenlin – were named Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch.
Henderson was named the CGN Comeback Gymnast of the Year in 2021 following a breakout sophomore season. The Peoria, Illinois, native shared the Big Ten Championships floor title, becoming the fourth Big Ten champion in school history. She also earned second-team WCGA All-America and first-team All-Big Ten honors.
Kenlin became the first Iowa freshman to earn All-American distinction in 2021. The Iowa City, Iowa, native was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a second-team WCGA All- American. Kenlin tied a school record on beam at Nebraska scoring a 9.975.
Defending national champion Michigan was voted the preseason Big Ten favorite, followed by Minnesota and Iowa.
The Hawkeyes open the regular season Saturday, hosting Eastern Michigan and Lindenwood at 5 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are available at hawkeyesports.com/tickets and are $10 for adults and free for youth.