Gophers travel to Iowa City for conference fight with Hawkeyes

MINNEAPOLIS – Six days after a win in the Big Ten opener against Penn State, the University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team meets the University of Iowa on January 27 at 6:30 pm CT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The meeting will be streamed on B1G+ and live stats can be found at the link above.

last time out
The Nittany Lions came to a meeting with the Gophers at the Maturi Pavilion at 4:00 pm last Saturday that ended in a Minnesota victory with a score of 196.225 to 195.525.

Junior Mya Hooten won Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week for her performance against Penn State, posting 9,900 on vault, 9,925 on beam and 9,950 on floor. colleague junior Gianna Gerde once again acted as a consistent force as an all-around competitor, ending the evening with a score of 39.250. This score includes a 9.850 on vault, a 9.825 on beam, a 9.800 on beam, and a 9.775 on floor.

student in the first year Series Johnson followed her Big Ten Freshman of the Week sweepstakes with another all-around performance, posting 9,800 on vault, 9,850 on parallel bars – her highest college score at that event – 9,300 on beam and 9,850 on floor.

Ground squirrels in the ranking
The Maroon and the Gold are ranked 18th on the RoadToNationals leaderboard after week three. By event, the gophers ranked 18th on beam, 13th on poles and 9th on floor.

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The Hawkeyes started the season a place below the Gophers in the Big Ten Preseason Poll, finishing fifth.

After three weeks of competition, Iowa has a record of 3-4 after going up against some high-end competitors earlier in the year. On January 7, the Hawkeyes traveled to Las Vegas for the Super 16 where they clashed with No. 8 California-Berkeley, No. 22 BYU and No. 24 Arizona State. The stiff competition continued as they faced California-Berkeley again, as well as No. 20 Pittsburgh and No. 26 Oregon State. Finally, in their last meeting, they faced No. 10 Ohio State.

Like the Gophers, the Hawkeyes’ strength has been on the ground so far this season as they are ranked No. 6 in the country after Week Three. Last week against the Buckeyes, no Hawkeye scored less than a 9.825, and the team score for the event was 49.375 (their highest team event score on Jan. 22).

Adeline Kenlin is currently 17th in the nation on floor according to RoadToNationals, and her teammate Maddie Diab follows her in the rankings at 19th. Kenlin and JerQuavia Henderson have been anchors for Iowa to date, attending three events in each meeting.

Head Coach Larissa Libby enters the 2023 season as her 19th year at the helm of Hawkeyes women’s gym, marking her 23rd season with the team. Libby has led Iowa to 21 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.

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