March 15, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Iowa women's gymnastics team posted a 194.750 at the first annual Big Ten Quad Meet Saturday afternoon. The Hawkeyes took on No. 7 Michigan (196.025), No. 12 Minnesota (196.700), and No. 19 Penn State (196.475) inside Crisler Center.
"When you're in the company of the best in the Big Ten you have to start guns blazing and there's no room for error," said Iowa's head coach Larissa Libby. "When we made that first mistake on floor, we opened the door."
Iowa started the day on floor, posting a 48.875. Sophomore Maryah Huntley and freshman Angel Metcalf both scored 9.800 during the rotation. Host Michigan began on vault (49.125), while Minnesota took on bars (49.075) and Penn State was on beam (49.225).
On vault, freshman Jordyn Doherty paced the GymHawks with a 9.800. Iowa tallied a 48.650, adding to its running total of 97.525. Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn State stood at 98.650, 98.300, and 98.350 respectively at the conclusion of the second rotation.
The Hawkeyes then moved to bars where junior Sydney Hoerr and Metcalf both posted 9.850, adding to the team score of 48.875. Team totals were 146.400 (Iowa), 146.725 (Michigan), 147.500 (Minnesota), and 147.375 (Penn State) heading into the final rotation.
Glover, Hoerr, and Metcalf all competed for the all-around title, totaling 38.900, 37.750, and 38.625 respectively. Glover paced Iowa with a seventh place finish in the all-around.
"We have what it takes, we just need to believe we are good enough," said Iowa freshman, Jordyn Doherty.
The GymHawks will travel to University Park, Pa. to compete at the Big Ten Championships on March 22. There will be two sessions, with four teams competing in each session based on regional qualifying score (RQS). The teams with the four lowest RQS will compete at 11 a.m. (CT), while the four teams with the highest RQS will compete at 4 p.m. (CT).