University of Iowa Athletics

JerQuavia Henderson

Class Fr.
Hometown Peoria, Ill.
High School Dunlap
JerQuavia  Henderson - Women's Gymnastics - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk Item

  • Three-time All-American
  • Third Hawkeye to earn multiple All-America distinctions
  • Three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection
  • Second GymHawk to earn All-American honors in three consecutive seasons
  • Shares school record on floor, scoring a 9.975


  • Competed in all 12 meets and competed in all-around four times.
  • WCGA second-team All-American on floor
  • Big Ten All-Championship Team
  • Co-Big Ten Floor Champion
  • First Team All-Big Ten
  • Earned Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week on Feb. 20 after performing the first Yurchenko 1.5 by a Hawkeye gymnast on vault.
  • Was Co-Event Specialist of the Week on Feb. 8 after scoring a 9.925 on floor to take first place overall.
  • Scored 9.900 or higher on floor in 10 of 12 competitions, including two 9.975 which is the school record, and scored a 9.900 or higher on vault and balance beam six times.
  • Led the team with 16 9.900 or higher scores.
  • Won 15 event titles, including one all-arounds, and posted 21 top-three finishes.
  • Set or tied career bests in four events during the regular season.
  • Won two events and tallied a second-place finish against Iowa State (3/4), sharing bars title (9.850), sharing floor title (9.925), and sharing second place on beam (9.825).
  • Won floor (9.925) and vault (9.850) at Nebraska (2/6).
  • Shared floor title (9.925) at Big Five Meet (2/24)
  • Tied for 12th on floor in final Road to National rankings.
  • Ranked second on floor, 19th on balance beam and tied for 19th on vault in final Big Ten rankings.
  • 2023 Big Ten Gymnast to Watch
  • Letterwinner


  • Completed in all but one meet during the season
  • Won 12 event titles, including five all-arounds, and posted 27 top-three finishes
  • Set or tied career bests in four events during the regular season
  • Scored 9.900 or higher on floor in 12 of 13 competitions and 9.900 or higher on vault in five meets
  • Won vault and floor titles against Eastern Michigan (1/8) and Texas Woman’s (1/14)
  • Won three events against Nebraska (1/29), winning vault (9.900), floor (9.925) and all-around (39.475)
  • Won three events and tallied a second-place finish against Penn State (2/4), taking first in beam (9.850), floor (9.975) and all-around (39.425), while finishing second on vault (9.850)
  • Won floor (9.950) and all-around at Rutgers (2/11)
  • Was runner-up on floor (9.950) at Big Five Meet (2/18)
  • Won floor title (9.975) and finished first in all-around (39.325) at Iowa State (3/4)
  • Scored one perfect 10 and tied a career-best and school record on floor, scoring 9.975s against Penn State (2/4) and at Iowa State (3/4).

2022 Honors

  • WGCA Second-Team All-American on floor
  • First-team All-Big Ten selection
  • Big Ten Specialist of the Week on Jan. 10.


  • Competed in all 11 meets and in the all-around eight times
  • Tied a school record on floor set in 2004, scoring a 9.975 in Iowa’s tri-meet against Minnesota and Maryland (2/13), while also posting a career-best on beam (9.875)
  • Performance on floor helped team to school floor record… received a 10.000 from one judge on floor en route to her career-best score
  • Won the all-around and shared the floor title at Illinois (1/31)
  • Scored a 39.325 to win all-around and shared titles on floor (9.900) and vault (9.850)
  • Shared the floor title (9.925) and won the all-around (38.875) in the road victory at Nebraska (2/20)
  • Tied for second on the vault (9.925) in helping the team to a Big Five Meet (2/27) win in Ann Arbor
  • Won the vault (9.875), tied for first on floor (9.925) and was second in all-around (38.600) in the victory over Illinois (3/6)
  • Tied for first on vault (9.900) in road win at Nebraska (3/14)
  • Won on floor (9.925) in the road victory at Nebraska (3/14)
  • Tied for fourth on vault with a career-high 9.925 at the Big Ten Championships (3/20)
  • Shared the floor title (9.925) at the NCAA Regionals (4/2)
  • Placed sixth in all-around (39.250) at Regional.

2021 Honors

  •  WCGA second-team All-American
  • First-team All-Big Ten selection
  • Big Ten All-Championships team after winning a share of floor title, becoming fourth Big Ten champion in school history
  • CGN Comeback Gymnast of the Year.


  • Named to the 2020 Big Ten Women’s Gymnasts to Watch List
  • Did not see action due to injury

High School

  • 2019- Level 6/9/10 State Championship Meet: AA 38.225, third place
  • 2019- Level 9/10 Regional Championships: AA 37.575, seventh place
  • 2019- JO National Championships: AA 29.550, 54th place
  • 2018- Level 6/9/1- State Championship Meet: AA 37.600, fifth place
  • 2018- Level 9/10 Regional Championships: AA 38.225, third place
  • 2018- JO National Championships: AA 37.700, 18th place
  • 2017- Level 8/9/10 State Championship Meet: AA 37.250, third place
  • 2017- Level 9/10 Regional Championships: AA 37.95, fourth place
  • 2017 JO National Championships: AA 37.85, seventh place
  • 2016- Level 9/10 Championships: AA 37.325, fourth place
  • 2016- Level 9 Easter Championships: AA 37.625, second place
  • Peoria Journal Star’s 2018 Central Illinois Best of Preps: Gymnast of the Year
  • Member of the Best Buddies and Foreign Language Club
  • Club coaches were Kim Brendixen and Brett Hewetson at Gym Corner.


  • Born July 8, 2001
  • Daughter of Letcha and Kennethy Haywood
  • Has two siblings (Keyaira and Zuri Haywood)
  • Health and human physiology major

Career Bests

Event Score Opponent Date
Vault 9.925 3X, last vs. Rutgers 2/18/23
Bars 9.825 2x, last at NCAA Regionals 3/30/23
Beam 9.925 at Southern Utah 3/10/23
Floor 9.975 5X, last at Southern Utah 3/10/23
All-Around 39.500 2x, last at NCAA Regionals 3/30/23
Henderson Takes Share of Floor Title at Big Ten Championships
No. 20 Hawkeyes Defeat No. 39 Cyclones in Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Meet
No. 20 Hawkeyes Post Season-High; Finish 2nd at Big Five Meet
No. 18 Hawkeyes Top Rutgers in Front of Big CHA Crowd
No. 17 Hawkeyes Upset No. 12 Michigan State
Henderson Earns Big Ten Co-Event Specialist of the Week
No. 16 Iowa Rolls Past Nebraska
No. 15 Hawkeyes posted seventh-best score in program history, 196.875, against No. 18 Minnesota
Hawkeyes Post 196.900 in Columbus
Henderson and Kenlin Named Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch