Iowa men’s gymnastics scores upset over No. 3 Michigan

The Hawkeye gymnastics teams finished with solid performances in their respective competitions over the weekend.


David Harmantas

Iowa gymnast Bennet Huang celebrates after dismounting the pommel horse during a gymnastics meet against Minnesota and Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, Feb 2, 2019. The Golden Gophers won the meet with a total score of 406.400 with the Hawkeyes scoring 401.600 and the Flames scoring 355.750.

Sydney Becker, Sports Reporter

The Iowa men’s gymnastics team picked up an upset while the GymHawks finished second in a triangular over the weekend.

Going up against No. 3 Michigan, the men’s team worked hard to make its mark. Beating the highly ranked team, the Hawkeyes made it a tight one, 408.250-408.000.

The Iowa men’s gymnastics team currently holds a No. 7 position in the Big Ten rankings and the No. 10 spot in the nation. Sitting in the top 10 for multiple individual events, the Hawkeyes are turning heads. The men’s team is ranked ninth on pommel horse, eighth on vault, seventh on high bar, and sixth on rings.

Bennet Huang led the team on pommel horse with 13.800 points.

On floor, two athletes recorded career-best scores which led to Iowa’s season-high score. Both Huang and Brandon Wong bested previous scores with 14.900 points and 13.700 points, respectively.

Following with vault, the team was falling behind by only .100 points, being led by Huang, Andrew Herrador, and Stewart Brown, all coming out with 14.050 points for the event.

Jake Brodarzon led the Hawkeyes on rings with 14.050 points, while Addison Chung led with a season-best score of 13.600 on high bar.

Brodarzon helped on parallel bars as well (13.950), while Herrador hit a season best (13.200).

The GymHawks took the second-place title at their triangular meet on March 8 in Seattle, Washington. With an overall score of 195.300, the women’s gymnastics team defeated Sacramento State (194.975) and fell to Washington (196.650.) This has been the fourth consecutive meet for Iowa finishing with a score over 195.000

On beam, the team scored 48.550 points with the help of leading scorers Clair Kaji and Nicole Chow, both scoring 9.850.

Lauren Guerin gained her fifth consecutive 9.900 on her floor routine, tying in second place.

The meet led to a season-high score on vault (49.200) as well as a collegiate debut by Carina Tolan, who hit a 9.800 in her first-ever Iowa event. Alex Greenwald took home a first place title, scoring 9.900, after besting her previous career-high by .200 points.

“We have to tighten up the little things,” head coach Larissa Libby said in a release. “They know what they need to do, but they are still making tiny, little errors that across the board add up. If we can tighten that up, that puts us in a completely different bracket of what we look like and we think that we are very capable.”

The GymHawks currently sit at No. 31 in the most recent Road to Nationals Poll. The women’s team is ranked No. 28 on bars, No. 31 on beam, and No. 19 on floor.

The GymHawks travel again next weekend to Corvallis, Oregon, where they will compete against No. 15 Oregon State, along with No. 43 North Carolina and No. 65 Seattle Pacific.

The men’s team will host No. 7 ranked Ohio State on March 16 at Carver-Hawkeye.

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