Jenifer Simbhudas Ties For Second On Floor At Regionals

Iowa placed sixth with a 193.875

Senior Katie Burke was Iowa's top all-around competitor, finishing ninth with a 38.950.

April 12, 2008

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - 22nd-ranked Iowa placed sixth at the North Central Regional Championship Saturday with a total 193.875. It was the first time Iowa competed at regional competition as a team since 2005. No. 2 Utah won the meet with a 196.950.

    Iowa began competition on beam earning a 48.025. Freshman Houry Gebeshian was Iowa's top competitor in the event, tying for 15th with a 9.75. Jenifer Simbhudas had the Hawkeyes' next best performance with a 19th-place 9.725. Brandi Loffer and Katie Burke both posted a score of 9.675 to tie for 22nd place. Rounding out Iowa's bars line-up were Rebecca Simbhudas and Kara Pinjuv who scored 9.2 and 9.15, respectively.

    After beam, the Hawkeyes had a bye before continuing on to floor competition. The team went on to score a 49.125 in the event. Jenifer Simbhudas had an impressive 9.9 performance to finish in a tie for second and Burke scored a 9.825 for a 14th-place tie. Pinjuv, Loffer and Gebeshian all posted scores of 9.8 to tie for 18th. Jenny Donar scored a 9.65 to tie for 37th.

    Moving on to vault Iowa scored a 48.7. Jenifer Simbhudas and Kara Pinjuv had the best performances for Iowa, both earning a 9.8 to tie for 14th. Rebecca Simbhudas finished tied for 20th with a 9.75 while Burke and Gebeshian tied for 28th with a 9.675.

    Iowa had another bye before finishing competition on bars with a 48.025. Burke, Loffer and Rebecca Simbhudas all posted a 9.775 in the event to tie for 11th. Gebeshian tied for 23rd with a 9.7.

    In the all-around, Burke was Iowa's highest scorer, posting a 38.95 to finish ninth. Gebeshian placed 10th with a 38.925 while Loffer placed 16th with a 38.375. Ashley Postell of Utah won the all-around with a 39.6.

    "We had our ups and downs tonight but overall this has been a good season in which we made great strides," said Iowa Head Coach Larissa Libby. "We had some great performances tonight but the competition was tough. We're a good team but not a great team and there were some good lessons learned tonight. We will build off this season and our future looks bright."

    Final Team Scores
    Team	          Vault	Bars	Beam	Floor	Total
    1. #2 Utah	49.400	49.100	49.075	49.375	196.950
    2. #11 Arkansas	49.300	48.875	48.725	49.225	196.125
    3. Minnesota	48.550   48.900	48.975	48.850	195.275
    4. #14 Arizona	48.775	48.500	47.800	49.200	194.275
    5. Southern Utah 	48.525   48.600	48.075   48.850   194.050
    6. #22 Iowa	48.700	48.025	48.025	49.125	193.875

    Individual Results: 
    Vault (winner plus Iowa)
    1. Kristina Baskett (Utah)	         9.925
    14t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa)	9.800
    14t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa)	         9.800
    20t. Rebecca Simbhudas (Iowa)	9.750
    28t. Katie Burke (Iowa)	         9.675
    28t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa)	         9.675
    42. Brandi Loffer (Iowa)	         9.125

    Uneven Bars (winner plus Iowa) 1. Ashley Postell (Utah) 9.850 11t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.775 11t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.775 11t. Rebecca Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.775 23t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa) 9.700 39. Ally Zipse (Iowa) 9.000 42. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 8.350

    Balance Beam (winner plus Iowa) 1. Ashley Postell (Utah) 9.900 15t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa) 9.750 19. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.725 22t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.675 22t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.675 37. Rebecca Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.200 38. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.150

    Floor Exercise (winner plus Iowa) 1. Ashley Postell (Utah) 9.950 2t. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 9.900 14t. Katie Burke (Iowa) 9.825 18t. Kara Pinjuv (Iowa) 9.800 18t. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 9.800 18t. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa) 9.800 37t. Jenny Donar (Iowa) 9.650

    All-Around (winner plus Iowa) 1. Ashley Postell (Utah) 39.600 9. Katie Burke (Iowa) 38.950 10. Houry Gebeshian (Iowa) 38.925 16. Brandi Loffer (Iowa) 38.375 18. Jenifer Simbhudas (Iowa) 37.775



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