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41 e Hawkeyes opened Big Ten action at home on Jan. 24, posting a 193.250 against ninth-ranked Nebraska. Progress is there, even from a young team that features 17 of the 24 routines from freshmen. "e battle right now is developing a consistent lineup," said Libby. "With a young team, we are trying to space out the experience, but we cannot because of injuries. "Consistency is a key. We have always known that and we hoped to develop those lineups quickly. It has provided a good challenge to those not in the lineup, because the people now in the lineup do not want to come out. It has created a positive situation where people are fighting to keep their spots, on a daily basis, and that is helping elevate success on the weekend." e Hawkeyes open the month at Michigan State . 7, and finishes the month at Boise State . 28. Iowa concludes its home slate with two home duals against Ohio State . 14 at 7 p.m. (CT), and against UIC . 23 at 3 p.m. Both contests will be held inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. "We have preached to this team since the beginning, 'it is not about where you start, it is about where you finish,'" said Libby. "We had a rough start. Our focus is on where we finish and continuing to build on what we have done. "If this team can keep improving, they're going to be a surprise at the end of the year," said Libby. "I think this team will come together at the right time." Searching for Consistency By Patrick Sojka T he theme for the University of Iowa women's gymnastics team entering the 2014 campaign was consistency. One month later, the theme and focus remain the same. "e team is frustrated, because they know they are better than the scores they have posted, and it is right there, but they cannot quite put their finger on it yet," said head coach Larissa Libby. "ey are moving closer with each day that goes by." e Hawkeyes opened the season with a bizarre home loss to Utah State. Iowa seemed to edge out the Aggies for the win, 191.950 to 191.750. However, aer a failed video review resulted in a deduction to Iowa's final team score, what was a win became a loss to the Aggies, 191.750 to 191.650. Following an uncharacteristically season-low score at Ball State (188.875), Iowa posted a season- best 194.675 at sixth-ranked Georgia on Jan. 20, improving its team score by nearly six points from its previous outing. Georgia, fresh off a win over No. 2 LSU, posted a season-high 197.400 to win the dual. e score marked the second-highest score recorded in the nation this year. "e team that we took to Ball State, was le at Ball State," said Libby. "A completely different team showed up at Georgia. Prior to Georgia, we were tentative, apprehensive, and nervous. At Georgia, we walked into the arena and were aggressive, and a total team. "Georgia was a huge eye-opener for this team, for what can be accomplished. We did OK in Athens, but we are capable of a lot more. is is a young team that is starting to figure it out."

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