Notes: GymHawks to Compete in Kidney Care Gymnastics Championships


The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team will head to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the Kidney Care Women’s Gymnastics Championships presented by Teen Choice. The Hawkeyes will compete is session number one against Maryland, Pitt, Talladega and Georgia. Action inside of the Nashville Municipal Auditorium will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT.


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• The Hawkeyes faced Maryland at the Big Five, a few weeks ago and finished in front of them by 1.125 points.

• The Terrapins have had fist place finishes at the Yale Quad and the Temple Quad Meet since the Big Five. They also picked up a win over Towson.

• Pitt comes into this meet with a 6-8 overall record. Most recently with a win over Bowling Green after posting their third highest team score of the season, 195.800.

• Talladega enters this meet with a 6-13 record in 2024. 

• The Tornadoes’ Alexa Chuy posted a season-best, 38.550, in the all-around at the Alabama Quad Meet.

• Georgia enters the meet ranked 19th coming off of a loss to Big Ten opponent Michigan.

• Lily Smith is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week after posting a career-best 39.500 in the all-around. She also brought home event titles on bars and beam against the Wolverines.


• Iowa secured the win over Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, 196.450-169.175.

• Sophomore Karina Muñoz led the way for the GymHawks with top-three finishes in four of the five events.

• The New Jersey native won her third all-around title of the season scoring a 39.450.

• She also brought home shares of event titles on vault and beam.

• Junior Ilka Juk shared the beam title with Muñoz, both posting a 9.900.


• Freshman Eva Volpe has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the week three times this season.

• The Pearland, Texas, native earned the third distinction after competing in the all-around for the seventh time this season against Ohio State and scored a 39.300.

• The freshman is the only Hawkeye who has competed in the all-around event at every meet this season. Volpe is the only Hawkeye to earn Big Ten weekly honors this season

• Karina Muñoz has competed in the all-around in the past five meets for the GymHawks, posting a career high 39.550 at the Big Five meet.

• Muñoz won four of the five event titles in the meet at Sacramento State, winning her second all-around title of the season with a 39.525. She also placed first on vault, beam, and shared the floor title with Bailey Libby.


Five Hawkeyes are in the Iowa record books. They are as follows:

• Adeline Kenlin -T-1st- 9.975- Beam

• Marissa Rojas – T-9th – 9.925 – Beam

• Karina Muñoz – T-9th – 9.925 – Beam

• Aubrey Nick – T-21st – 9.900 – Beam

• Ilka Juk – T-9th- 9.925 – Beam

• Adeline Kenlin – T-15th – 9.900 – Uneven Bars

• Kendall LaPlante- T-15th – 9.900 – Uneven Bars

• Karina Muñoz – T-2nd – 9.950 – Uneven Bars

• Karina Muñoz – T-9th – 39.550 – All-Around

• Emily Erb – T-5th — 9.950 – Floor

• Adeline Kenlin – T-15th – 9.925 – Floor

• Adeline Kenlin – T-8th – 39.575– All-Around


  The Hawkeyes have welcomed five newcomers to the team.

  There are four freshmen and one transfer that have joined the GymHawks for the 2024 season.

  Iowa welcomes Olivia Dylnicki, Alyse Karenbauer, Eva Volpe, Katelyn Wiederspahn and Ilka Juk.

  Juk joins the team as a junior after spending her first two seasons at Long Island University.  She is a two-time WCGA Scholastic All-American and qualified for NCAA Regionals in 2023 on beam.


For a behind the scenes look at the program, follow the GymHawks via social media at Facebook/IowaGymnastics, X/@IowaGymnastics, and Instagram (@IowaGymnastics).


The GymHawks will travel to East Lansing, Mich. on Saturday, March 23 for the Big Ten Championships inside of the Jenison Field House. Both sessions at the championships will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.