The 24th-ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team travels to Cedar City, Utah to compete against No. 22 Southern Utah on Friday, March 10. The competition is set to start at 7 p.m. (CT) inside America First Event Center and will be aired on ESPN+ (subscription needed).
• Fans can follow along via live results at hawkeyesports.com or via Twitter (@IowaGymnastics).
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• The Hawkeyes are ranked 24th nationally after scoring 195.275 in their win over Iowa State on March 4. Iowa is one of seven Big Ten teams in the Top 25.
• Iowa is ranked in the Top 25 in three events as a team: No. 17 on vault (49.205 Avg.) 19th on floor (49.325 Avg.), and tied for 22nd on beam (48.933 Avg.).
• JerQuavia Henderson is tied for 17th nationally on floor with an average of 9.922.
• Three GymHawks are individually ranked in the Big Ten Conference. JerQuavia Henderson is tied for fourth on floor and tied for 13th on vault. Adeline Kenlin is tied for fourth on beam and tied for 12th on floor. Linda Zivat is tied for 10th on vault.
• The Hawkeyes are ranked third overall in the Big Ten Conference with a, 6-2-1, record.
LAST TIME OUT…
• Iowa extended its dual-meet winning streak to four topping in-state rival Iowa State, 195.275-194.200, during the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series meet on March 4 in front of a program record 3,175 fans.
• Senior JerQuavia Henderson captured the floor, bar, and all-around titles to give her 12 individual event titles this season. The Peoria, Illinois, native recorded her first overall title of the night on bars with a score of 9.850. She captured her second title scoring a 9.925 on floor to capture her sixth-floor title. Her third title came after scoring a 39.400 in the all-around.
• Iowa finished five of the top six spots on vault, with Karina Muñoz scoring a team-high 9.825 to tie for first place overall. JerQuavia Henderson, Allison Zuhlke, Linda Zivit, and Gianna Masella all tied for third after posting 9.800s.
• The Hawkeyes tied their second highest score of the season on bars after finishing with a 49.100. Muñoz grabbed her second first place finish of the night tying with Henderson for the title after posting 9.850s.
• The GymHawks posted a 47.850 on beam with, Allison Zuhlke tying her season best to tie for first-place overall with a score of 9.875. JerQuavia Henderson and Aubrey Nick tied for second place after posting 9.825s.
• JerQuavia Henderson tied for first place overall on floor after scoring a 9.925, recording her fourth top three finish against the Cyclones, and Hanna Castillo scored 9.875 to claim third place.
HENDERSON EARNS EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
• Senior JerQuavia Henderson earned Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week on Feb. 20, after performing the first Yurchenko 1.5 by a Hawkeye gymnast on vault to tie her career-high score of 9.925 and place first against Rutgers on Feb. 18.
• Henderson scored her second 9.925 of the day on floor to capture her fourth floor title and added a 9.825 on beam for sixth place.
• The honor is Henderson’s second of the season and the third of her career.
• This marked her third 9.900 or higher on vault She is ranked sixth overall in the conference with an average score of 9.875.
HENDERSON NAMED BIG CO-EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
• Senior JerQuavia Henderson earned Big Ten Co-Event Specialist of the Week on Feb. 8. The Peoria, Illinois native earned the distinction after scoring her second 9.925 of the season on floor to take first place overall against Nebraska on Feb. 6.
• Henderson tied for first place on vault after scoring a 9.850 and tied for fourth place overall on beam after scoring a 9.875.
• The honor is Henderson’s first of the season and the second of her career.
• This marked her third 9.900 or higher on floor. She is ranked fifth overall in the conference and tied for 17th nationally on the event with an average score of 9.913.
• Freshman Karina Muñoz made her first all-around collegiate event debut against Nebraska on Feb. 6. The New Jersey native captured three event titles and tied her career highs on vault and floor. She is the first Hawkeye to compete in the all-around event this season and placed first after scoring a 39.350.
• She tied her career high, 9.850, on vault to tie for first place with her two teammates, Linda Zivat and JerQuavia Henderson.
• A late lineup change saw Muñoz make her season debut anchoring the beam lineup where she scored a 9.925 to tie with Adeline Kenlin for first place.
• She came in second on floor after tying her career-high 9.875 to finish behind Henderson who won the overall floor title after posting a 9.925.
ZITAT EARNS BIG TEN TRI-SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Senior Linda Zivat was named the Big Ten Tri-specialist of the Week on February 1. The Manhattan, Illinois native earned the distinction after posting a 9.975 on vault to earn a new career-high and take first place against No. 18 Minnesota on Jan. 27. The score is tied for the second-best in program history.
• The honor is Zivat’s first of the season and the first of her career.
• This marked her third 9.900 or higher on vault. She is ranked third overall in the conference and tied for ninth nationally on the event with an average score of 9.913.
KENLIN NAMED TRI-BIG TEN GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Junior Adeline Kenlin was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on January 24. The Iowa City, Iowa, native earned the distinction after posting at least a 9.850 or higher on each of her three events when competing in Columbus, Ohio, against No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday.
• The honor is Kenlin’s first of the season and the fifth of her career. She is the first Hawkeye to be named Gymnast of the Week since 2017 (Melissa Zurawski).
• The junior earned a career-high 9.925 on floor, earning second place. This marks her third straight week going 9.900 or higher on the event. She ranks sixth in the conference and 17th nationally on the event with an average score of 9.908.
• Kenlin was a four-time Freshman of the Week selection in 2021.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Six Hawkeyes are in the Iowa record books. They are as follows:
• JerQuavia Henderson – t1st – 9.975 – Floor
• Adeline Kenlin -t1st- 9.975- Beam
• JerQuavia Henderson – t4th – 9.950 – Floor
• JerQuavia Henderson – t6th – 9.925 – Uneven Bars
• Marissa Rojas – t8 – 9.925 – Beam
• Aubrey Nick – t10 – 9.900 – Beam
• Linda Zivat – t3th – 9.975 – Vault
• Linda Zivat – t9th – 9.925 – Vault
• JerQuavia Henderson -t9th- 9.925- Vault
• Adeline Kenlin – t15th – 9.900 – Uneven Bars
• Kendall LaPlante- t15th – 9.900 – Uneven Bars
• Adeline Kenlin – t17 – 39.500 – All-Around
22 & COUNTING
Head coach Larissa Libby has led the GymHawks to 22 straight NCAA Regional appearances (either as a team or individually). The 2023 season is Libby’s 19th as Iowa’s head coach and 22nd overall with the program. She is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
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The Hawkeyes will return to action on March 18, hosting the Big Ten Championships at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. Iowa will compete in the evening session with No. 2 Michigan, No. 10 Michigan State and No. 15 Ohio State. The meet is set to start at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and fans can follow along on Twitter (@IowaGymnastics) for live updates.