The 15th-ranked University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team travels to Columbus Ohio this Sunday to face No. 10 Ohio State for their first Big Ten matchup. The meet is set to start at 1 pm (CT).
• Fans can follow along via live results at hawkeyesports.com or via Twitter (@IowaGymnastics).
• The meet will be streamed on B1G+ (Subscription needed)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Hawkeyes are ranked 15th nationally after scoring 196.575 at the Wasatch Classic. Iowa is one of six Big Ten teams in the top 25.
- Iowa is ranked in the top 25 in three events as a team: No. 13 on vault, no. 24 on beam, and no. 10 on floor.
- The GymHawks posted a 196,575, to place third behind No. 3 California and No. 26 Oregon State.
- Iowa set two new event season-highs, scoring a 49,100 on bars and a 49,450 on floor to tie for the sixth-best score in program history at the Wasatch Classic on Jan. 14.
- JerQuavia Henderson tied for second place on floor, after scoring a season-high 9,925 at the Wasatch Classic.
- Five gymnasts set or matched career highs. Linda Zivat and Adeline Kenlin both scored a 9,900 on floor to tie their career highs. Freshman Karina Muñoz and Bailey Libby both had career highs on floor after scoring a 9,875 and a 9,850, respectfully. Aubrey Nick posted a 9,775 on floor to set a new career high at the Wasatch Classic.
- This will be the 15th matchup between Iowa and Ohio State. The Buckeyes lead the series (8-5-1).
MUÑOZ MAKES EVENT DEBUTS
Freshman Karina Muñoz made her collegiate debut on bars and floor, while setting three new career-highs to help the GymHawks earn a new season-high team score at the Wasatch Classic on Jan. 14.
- Posted a 9,875 in her collegiate bars debut to secure the highest score for the Hawkeyes in opening rotation and tie for fourth place.
- Made her collegiate floor debut and scored a 9.875 on floor to tie for ninth place overall and set a new career high to help the Hawkeyes tie for the sixth best team floor score in program history.
- Muñoz tied for sixth place overall on vault after scoring a 9,850 to set a new career high.
NATIONALLY RANKED GYMHAWKS
Three GymHawks are individually ranked in this week’s Road to Nationals Rankings.
- Linda Zivat ranked T-23rd nationally on vault with a 9.88 avg. score.
- Adeline Kenlin is T-25th on floor with a 9,900 avg. score
- JerQuavia Henderson is T-25 on floor with a 9,900 avg. score after tying for second place with a 9,925 score at the Wasatch Classic on Jan 14.
HENDERSON AND KENLIN NAMED BIG TEN GYMNASTS TO WATCH
JerQuavia Henderson and junior Adeline Kenlin were named Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch.
- Henderson won 12 event titles and posted 27 top-three finishes in 2022. The two-time
All-American tied the school record on floor, scoring a 9,975 a season ago. The Peoria, Illinois
native was WGCA Second-Team All-American on floor and First Team All-Big Ten selection.
- Kenlin is coming off a record-setting 2022 season and is a two-time All-American. The Iowa
City native was NCAA runner-up on beam in 2022 after scoring a 9,950, the highest finish by
a Hawkeye in program history. She was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and Academic
All Big Ten honoree.
KENLIN MAKES HISTORY
- Junior Adeline Kenlin finished as the NCAA runner-up on beam after scoring a 9,950 while
competing as an individual at the 2022 NCAA Championships. The Iowa City, Iowa, native’s
finish is the highest by a Hawkeye all-time and the score is the highest beam score by a
Hawkeye at the NCAA meet in program history.
- Kenlin earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, becoming the
sixth such All-American in program history. She is the second Hawkeye to earn All-America
distinction on the beam.
- Kenlin was the first Hawkeye since 2017 to advance to the NCAA Championships and the
11th Iowa gymnast all-time.
HENDERSON EARNS WGCA ALL-AMERICAN HONOR
Senior JerQuavia Henderson was named Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association
second-team All-Americans on floor on March 24. She is only the 12th All-Americans in
program history. Henderson is the third Hawkeye to earn multiple All-America distinctions. she was a
second team selection last season.
NCAA REGIONAL FUN
- The Hawkeyes overcame a .100 deficit on the final rotation to advance to the NCAA
Regional final for the first time under the current format. Iowa defeated No. 6LSU and NC
State to advance, joining Missouri out of the first session.
- Iowa posted a 196,900 to tie the fourth-best score in program history in the NCAA Regional
- The GymHawks scored a 197.075 at the NCAA Regional Final, the program’s second-highest
score all-time (trailing only the 197.150 set in 2004). The 197 was just the third all-time in
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Five Hawkeyes are in the Iowa record books. They are as follows:
- JerQuavia Henderson – t1st – 9.975 – Floor
- Adeline Kenlin -t1st- 9.975- Beam
- JerQuavia Henderson – t4th – 9,950 – Floor
- JerQuavia Henderson – t6th – 9,925 – even bars
- Marissa Rojas – t8 – 9.925 – Beam
- Aubrey Nick – t10 – 9,900 – Beam
- Linda Zivat – t9th – 9,925 – Vault
- JerQuavia Henderson -t9th- 9.925- Vault
- Adeline Kenlin – t15th – 9,900 – even bars
- Adeline Kenlin – t17 – 39,500 – all around
22 & COUNTING
Head coach Larissa Libby has led the GymHawks to 22 straight NCAA Regional appearances
(either as a team or individually). The 2023 season is Libby’s 19th as Iowa’s head coach and
22nd overall with the program. She is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
For a look behind the scenes at the program, follow the GymHawks via social media at
Facebook/IowaGymnastics, Twitter/@IowaGymnastics, and Instagram (@IowaGymnastics).
After competing at Ohio State, the Hawkeyes will return to action Jan. 27, in their home opener against No. 16 Minnesota. The meet is set to start at 6:30 pm and will be aired on B1G+. Fans can purchase tickets at hawkeyesports.com.