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Iowa Women's Gymnastics against Ohio State

Sports Blog: Amy Center
Iowa Gymnastics February 6, 2010:
The gymhawks competed against Ohio State, if I say so myself, they rocked it. They went into that meet with every intention to win and then did it. The U of I gymnastics team has had a rocky start of the season, but hopefully things will start to turn around after getting their season high this weekend.
They started on the vault, where every one of the girls hit their vaults. Junior Becky Simbhudas got the high score of a 9.9 and Sophomore Annie Szatkowski pulled out her first big vault of the season. They moved to the bars where once again, the gymhawks pulled it off. They had one minor mishap but were able to work around it and keep trucking along. Simbhudas took the lead with a score of a 9.9 followed by Junior Houry Gebeshian with the next highest score.
On the balance beam every hawk hit again. They all transferred their hard work from practice to the competition floor. The team looked unshakeable on the four inch wide balance beam. Sophomore Jessa Hansen had a stellar routine that look flawless, scoring a solid 9.85. Simbhudas and Gebeshian also had high scores on the beam.
As the meet ended with the floor exercise, this Iowa crowd was beaming. There cheers and excitement flowed to the gymhawks to finish up the great meet. The hawks succeeded on having all solid routines on the floor exercise. Senior Jenny Donar scored a career high of a 9.8 along with two other girls. Gebeshian won the event with a 9.85 while Hansen received second with a 9.825.
The hawks went hard at it but still have a few kinks to remove before the next weeks meet in Chicago. They had a great performance, but according to their coach Larissa Libby, they still have a lot of work to do. The gymhawks meet against Ohio State will be aired on the Big10 network February 13, 2010 at 6 p.m.


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