TOLEDO, Ohio – Junior JerQuavia Henderson finished as the floor runner-up to lead the 17th-ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team at the Big Five Meet on Friday night inside the Huntington Center. The Hawkeyes finished with a 196.225 to finish fourth in the five team event.
No. 1 Michigan scored a 197.950 to finish first and clinch the outright Big Ten regular season title. No. 22 Ohio State scored a 196.900, No. 26 Illinois scored a 196.375, and No. 39 Maryland scored a 195.725.
The Hawkeyes posted a 48.775 on vault with Henderson scoring her third highest score of the season with a 9.875 to tie for sixth. Senior Lauren Guerin posted a 9.775 and both sophomore Kendall LaPlante and senior Bridget Killian had 9.725s. Sophomore Allison Zuhlke scored a 9.650, and senior Alex Greenwald scored a 9.600.
The Hawkeyes scored a 49.050 on bars with two gymnasts setting season-highs. Sophomore Adeline Kenlin returned to the lineup after missing the last four meets because of injury. She set a season-high 9.850 to tie for 10th place. Sophomore Kareena Mcsweeny posted a 9.825 to set a season-high and tie for 16th with Greenwald and junior Allyson Steffensmeier. Junior Elinor Rogers scored a 9.775, and Henderson posted a 9.675.
The GymHawks recorded a 48.975 on beam with three gymnasts scoring a 9.800 or higher. Henderson and freshman Marissa Rojas both scored a 9.825 to tie for eighth place. Senior Bridget Killian posted a 9.800 with senior Clair Kaji following with a 9.975. Junior Aubrey Nick earned her third highest score of the season at 9.750, and senior Mackenzie Vance scored a 9.700.
Ranked No. 7 in the nation on floor, the Hawkeyes finished the meet strong, scoring a 49.425 with two gymnasts placing in the top five. Henderson earned her second-highest score of the season with a 9.950 to tie for second place. Guerin followed, scoring a 9.925 to tie for fourth, while Kaji scored a 9.875 with Greenwald right behind with a 9.850. Killian posted a 9.825, and Rojas scored a 9.175.
Henderson, who is tied for No. 21 nationally, was the only Hawkeye to compete in the all-around. The junior scored a 39.325 to place third. The Peoria, Illinois, native has earned 22 top three event titles this season.
Iowa remains on the road, traveling to Minneapolis on Feb. 25 to face Minnesota for the second time this season. The meet is set to start at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised live on BTN.