IOWA CITY, Iowa – The No. 25th ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team finished fourth in session two and eighth overall after scoring a 196.125 on Saturday evening inside Xream Arena in front of 3,749 fans.
Senior JerQuavia Henderson shared the Big Ten Championship floor title after scoring a 9.950 to earn her second Big Ten Floor Champion title in her career. The Peoria, Illinois, native is tied for 12th nationally on the event, and is ranked second in the Big Ten.
Junior Adeline Kenlin earned Big Ten Championship Runner-Up after scoring a 9.950 on beam. The Iowa City, Iowa, native captured her seventh top-three finish of the season. She is tied for third on balance beam in the Big Ten and is tied 29th nationally on the event.
Iowa had four gymnasts score a 9.800 or higher on vault to finish with a team score of 49.100 in the first event. Karina Muñoz scored the second-highest score of her career to tie for ninth place overall with a 9.875. Linda Zivat and Henderson posted a pair of back-to-back 9.850’s to tie for 11th place overall. Allison Zuhlke finished with a 9.800, and Hanna Castillo scored a 9.725 while Gianna Masella posted a 9.600.
The GymHawks posted a new season-high team score on bars, finishing with a 49.300 with four gymnasts either tying or setting new career-highs. Zuhlke started the event off with a 9.825, just shy of her season high. Marissa Rojas and Masella earned new career-highs after scoring a 9.850 along with Henderson who tied her career-high. Muñoz scored the fourth 9.850 in a row, and Kenlin anchored the event to tie her career high and tie for 11th overall after posting a 9.900.
The Hawkeyes finished with a 48.875 on the third event, with Kenlin finishing as Big Ten Championship runner-up after scoring a 9.950 to tie her season high. Henderson started the rotation off with a 9.850 to help give the Hawkeyes some momentum. Rojas scored a 9.775, and Muñoz followed with a 9.750. Alexa Ebeling finished with a 9.100 and Aubrey Nick posted a 9.150.
Tied 17th nationally on floor, Iowa posted a 49.250 with four Hawkeyes scoring above a 9.800. Henderson anchored the event and captured her eighth-floor title of the year after scoring a 9.950. Castillo started the event with a 9.850 along with her teammate, Zivat. Bailey Libby finished with a 9.825, and Muñoz posted a 9.775. Kenlin scored a 9.575.
JerQuavia Henderson and Karina Muñoz both competed in the all-around with Henderson finishing fifth overall after posting a career-high 39.500. Muñoz tied for 11th place overall, posting a 39.250.
The NCAA selection show takes place on March 20, where 36 teams will be announced to compete in Regionals. The NCAA Regional First Round takes place on Wednesday, March 29. Times and locations are TBA.
SESSION I results:
1st: Minnesota – 197.250
2nd: Illinois – 196.800
3rd: Nebraska – 196.275
4th: Penn State – 196.200
5th: Maryland – 195.900
6th: Rutgers – 195.125
Session II results:
1st: Michigan – 198.000
2nd: Michigan State – 197.550
3rd: Ohio State – 196.975
4th: Iowa – 196.125
“When I walked out, I was blown away by seeing how packed it was in the arena. That’s been the dream since I got here, so it was everything we could have asked for minus the gymnastics."
"There were things we did very very well. We had been struggling on bars and hadn't been able to get a good rhythm and that has been picking up. We also did well on vault and floor last week and that dropped, and then we had mistakes on beam. Individually there were some bright spots. Adeline is getting her stride back again. I love the fact that Q was finally recognized for the type of gymnastics she has been performing, and I am glad she was in the all-around at the right time."
"You don't have room for mistakes, unfortunately, the Big Ten is very good and there's just not room for mistakes. I am bummed that we made the mistakes at home but again there were also some great things. I don't want to take away from the good things that they did, but we are a lot stronger than where we are. We are making mistakes, and you can't make mistakes when the stakes are this high.”Head Coach Larissa Libby