MINNEAPOLIS – The 13th-ranked University of Iowa Iowa women’s gymnastics posted a 196.375 at No. 8 Minnesota in its Big Ten regular-season finale on Friday night inside Maturi Pavilion.
Six gymnasts either tied or set season-highs with five placing in the top three in four events.
Iowa posted a 48.00 in its first rotation of the meet. Junior Allyson Steffensmeier had the highest score for the team, finishing with a 9.850 to place seventh. Senior Alex Greenwald scored a 9.825, which is her second-highest score of the season. Sophomore Adeline Kenlin scored a 9.750, while sophomore Kareena Mcsweeny scored a 9.725 in her third competition this season. Junior JerQuavia Henderson posted a 9.650, and junior Ellinor Rogers scored a 9.525.
The Hawkeyes, going up against the No. 1 team on vault, scored 49.200. Four gymnasts tied or set new season-highs. Senior Bridget Killian set a career-high 9.900 to tie for second place with Henderson, who recorded her second-highest score of the season. Henderson’s second-place finish is her eighth top-three finish on vault. Senior Lauren Guerin tied her season-high, scoring a 9.850, Greenwald set a season-high 9.775 and sophomores Kendall LaPlante and Allison Zuhlke recorded 9.725 and 9.775, respectfully.
The Gymhawks, who are ranked No. 6 nationally on floor, scored a 49.275. Guerin, who is tied for fourth nationally, scored her fourth 9.925 score of the season to tie for second. The Austin, Texas native recorded her eighth top-three finish of the season. Henderson, who is tied for second nationally, posted a 9.900 to finish sixth. Greenwald scored her second-highest score of the season at 9.875, Killian posted a 9.825, senior Clair Kaji scored a 9.750, and freshman Marissa Rojas scored a 9.500.
Iowa, who moved up five spots to No. 14 nationally, posted a 49.100 on beam with two gymnasts placing in the top three. Kaji and Kenlin both tied season-highs, coring 9.925s to share runner-up honors. Rojas posted her third 9.825 of the season, and Henderson earned a 9.725. Killian put up a 9.700, and sophomore Aubrey Nick scored a 9.175.
Henderson was the only Hawkeye to compete in the all-around, scoring a 39.125. The junior recorded her fifth top-three finish in the event, and 24th overall of the season.
The Hawkeyes will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup against No. 21 Iowa State on March 4. The meet is set to start at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and it will be streamed on ESPN+.