Just wanted to warn you now, Iowa Gymnastics and Iowa Track are F-U-N FUN this season. The two programs are making Iowa history week in and week out and have announced themselves on the national stage. It's going to be a good next few months for Iowa sports.
Jump on the bandwagon now while there's still room.
- The 9th ranked Women's Gymnastics team found a way to improve on an already impressive performance against Minnesota and earned a win over 13th ranked Ohio State Saturday night. The squad posted a 196.550 total score, besting their 196.450 from the week before.
- The #9 ranking is Iowa's highest in school history.
- The Floor event continues to be Iowa's strong suit. They scored 49.375 in the event, which was won by Clair Kaji and earned the #1 national ranking in the event
- The team was no slouch in the other events either. On the bars, every gymnast set a season-best. On Beam, Clair Kaji took home another win, enough to earn her Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week
Your #B1GWGym Event Specialist #PlayeroftheWeek— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) January 25, 2021
Clair Kaji of @IowaGymnastics
Earned 2 event victories to help Iowa past @OhioStateWGYM
Won titles on the floor and beam
1st career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor #B1G https://t.co/CsUiuViBVE pic.twitter.com/Kzrks77b5g
- Just for good measure, Iowa also secured the individual win on Bars, with Adeline Kenlin and Emma Hartzler scoring 9.875 each. Adeline was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her performance.
- The women will look to continue their spectacular start to the season on Sunday when they take on Illinois. The men's team will take part in their first meet Saturday against Minnesota.
Track and Field
- The Iowa Track and Field teams took part in the Wieczorek Invitational last weekend, winning six events on Friday and four more Saturday. The Hawkeye men won the meet, scoring 189 points, 72 more than their next closest competitor. The women placed third in the team total.
- Wayne Lawrence Junior and Mallory King were named Track Athlete of the Meet. Lawrence won the 200-meter event Friday before taking home the win in the 400-meter Saturday, running a 46.28, third-best in the country this year. He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400, which Iowa won.
- King won the 800-meter race and also was part of the second-place 4x400 team.
- Other standout performances included freshman Paige Magee, who posted a time of 8.41 in the 60-meter hurdles, good enough for 7th all-time in Iowa history, and Jamal Britt who secured the 3rd fastest 60-meter hurdles time in Iowa history with a 7.70.
- Iowa's performance so far this season has earned national recognition. The men's team is ranked 9th nationally and 1st in the Midwest Region in the preseason polls, while the women's team is ranked 5th in the Midwest Region.
- Iowa also swept the Big Ten Player of the Week awards this week, with Mallory King earning Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors and Jamal Britt earning Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors.
- The next meet is scheduled for January 29th and 30th in Champaign.
- The Men's and Women's side kicked off their seasons last week at the ITA Kickoff. On the men's side, Iowa fell to #22 Virginia and Middle Tennesse State, losing 4-0 in both matches. On the women's side, the Hawkeyes suffered two defeats, losing to #3 Texas and #20 Arizona St. 4-0 in both matches.
- Iowa Volleyball played their first matches of the season last weekend, taking on Illinois on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, Iowa was unable to come away with a win, losing three sets to one in both matches.
- Iowa has a young roster and it showed over the weekend. There are going to be some growing pains with the young group, especially in the disjointed season but there were some good signs over the course of the weekend. It should be fun to watch the team improve as they get to know each other and become more comfortable with Big Ten volleyball.
- The two matches against Illinois are likely to be the last ever matches the volleyball team plays inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, as the team will move into Xtream Arena for the rest of the season and the future.
Swimming and Diving
- The Iowa Swimming and Diving teams put up another strong weekend of times, even if they weren't able to replicate the gold medals from the prior week. The men's team started their season with a win against Penn St. and a loss against Northwestern. On the women's side, they came up short in both dual meets on the weekend, losing to the Nittany Lions and Wildcats.
- Juniors Aleksy Tarasenko won two events on the weekend, taking home gold in the 50 free and 100 free events. Junior Matuesz Arndt also won two events, taking home gold in the 200 and 500 free. Junior Andrew Firke took home silver in both of Arndt's wins.
- The women's team was unable to come away with any wins on the day but made it to the podium in 8 of the 12 events.
- Iowa will take on Minnesota in their next meet, traveling to Minneapolis on February 5th and 6th.