March 9, 2009
Gymnast of the Week:
Jenifer Simbhudas, Iowa
Sr. - Markham, Ontario - Markville Secondary
Jennifer Simbhudas earns her first weekly laurel of the season after finishing in first place on three of four events last week, scoring no lower than a 9.825 in Iowa’s win over Kentucky. In the all-around event, Simbhudas posted a career-high 39.525, good enough to claim the meet’s top honors. The senior Hawkeye also recorded a 9.9 on vault for the second week in a row and earned a 9.825 on bars, good enough to finish in a tie for first and fourth place, respectively. Her 9.975 score on balance beam tied a career high, combining with her scores on vault and bars to give the Markham, Ontario native three career bests on the day. Her 9.925 score on floor marked the third time this season Simbhudas has scored a 9.9 or higher in the event. This is the third weekly honor for Simbhudas who took home a pair of awards during her junior campaign in February and March of 2008.
Last Iowa Gymnast of the Week: Rebecca Simbhudas (Feb. 23)