GymHawk Cox named second-team all-Big Ten

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 20, 2012 6:30 AM

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Iowa women's gymnast Tesla Cox was named second-team All-Big Ten according to an announcement made by the conference office on Monday.

Cox, a sophomore, competed on the beam and uneven bars in all 11 meets this season for the GymHawks; she also competed on the vault in 10.

The Greenville, S.C., native said the honor is a piece of a much bigger picture.

"I couldn't have done it without an amazing coaching staff pushing me to grow into a mold that I'm starting to fill," she said on Monday. "I also couldn't have done it without my teammates behind me and supporting me in every aspect of gymnastics."

Cox, who averaged 9.75 in the uneven bars this year, is ranked third in the North Central Region and is tied for 38th nationally. Her 9.9 against Southeast Missouri State, BYU, and Texas Women's University on March 3 was a career-best in the event and earned first place.

She set season-high scores of 9.825 in vault and beam on Jan. 27 at Iowa State and March 3 in Denton, Texas, respectively.

— by Alex French

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