Iowa's Lanie Snyder performs on the floor during the Iowa/Ball State gymnastics meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The GymHawks defeated the Cardinals, 195.775-194.825. Synder scored a 9.900. (Katina Zentz/The Daily Iowan)

GymHawks Show Up With A Vengeance


The GymHawks pull a win against Ball State, much needed after the loss to Nebraska.

By Taylor McNitt

Another fiery entrance, this time in clouds of pink. The pink, however, wasn’t the only difference from the Nebraska meet nearly a week ago.

This time, the Iowa women’s gymnastics team came out with the promised vengeance, and ultimately pulled the victory over Ball State University, 195.775-194.825. The Hawkeyes outscored the Cardinals in every event, claimed every event individual title, and junior Nicole Chow took the title for first place in the All-Around competition.

The Cardinals, while scoring lower than the Hawkeyes, didn’t record any falls during the meet. Iowa, on the other hand, recorded two but counted neither. The second proved to be more damaging than just a score, which is what stings, despite the victory.

The first event for the Hawkeyes, the vault, was fall-free. The GymHawks stuck their landings and recorded a team score of 49.000.

The next event, the uneven bars, was also a strong event for the GymHawks, even if one fall was recorded. Regardless of this, the Hawkeyes handily completed the rest of routines for this event and pulled a score of 48.925.

The third event, the beam, was the thorn. Junior Rose Piorkowski, in women’s gymnastics head coach Larissa Libby’s words, a team leader, started off the event with her strong routine, but a her hard fall – a fall she was unable to get up on her own after. She did not complete the event and did not compete for the rest of the meet. Details of her injury have yet to be released.

Still breathless from Piorkowski’s injury, the GymHawks persisted and pulled the high scores they needed, scoring a 48.800 by the completion of the event.

To finish up the meet, the GymHawks hit the floor – and nailed it. The last gymnast to perform, senior Lanie Snyder, scored the stunning 9.900 that was the crowning jewel to the victory over the Cardinals.

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