Gym Hawk women place second out of four in meet

BY MATT CABEL | JANUARY 28, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa women’s gymnastics team continued its streak of away meets on Jan. 26 in a quad meet against Penn State, Pittsburgh, and future Big Ten member Rutgers. The GymHawks placed second in the meet behind Penn State, with a new season high score of 195.325.

Once again, the GymHawks showed strength on the bars, scoring a 48.750; they were ranked 14th in the nation for bars in last week’s rankings. The team also posted a 48.9 on vault in the meet’s final rotation.

The biggest improvement in the meet for the GymHawks came on the beam, where the team scored another season high of 48.725, after a week of intense beam workouts for the gymnasts, who struggled in the event in the first two meets. Sophomore all-arounder Emma Willis led the team on bars with a score of 9.825, and teammates Kaitlynn Urano and Kyra Trowbridge earned scores of 9.8 and 9.77, respectively.

Another season high was set on floor with a score of 48.95 thanks to senior Emma Stevenson’s 9.875 performance, which tied for first place in the event. Willis’ all-around score of 39.200, a career high, was also good enough to receive second place, and freshman Alie Glover placed fifth with a score of 38.825.

Up next for the GymHawks is a meet against Michigan, currently ranked first in the nation, on Saturday.

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