It was a quiet week for many Hawkeye sports, but the gymnastics teams continued to compete and excel. The men's gymnasts joined in on the fun, winning their first meet and taking home some conference honors for good measure. A quieter weekend on the track and field side still ended with multiple career-bests, and the young volleyball team continued to show signs of growth.
Let's take a closer look.
The Women's Gymnastics team continued their great start to the season, besting undefeated #18 Illinois over the weekend. The Hawkeyes posted a score of 196.325 and won 3 of the 4 events on the day, earning a national ranking of 10th.
- Iowa won the beam event, led by a 9.900 performance from Freshman Adeline Kenlin. The total team score was 49.125, their best beam score of the year. They are now ranked 8th in the country on beam.
- On vault, the Hawks posted a 49.025, their best score of the year, earning a national rank of 18th. The highest individual score came from sophomore JerQuavia Hendersen, who posted a 9.850, tying for first.
- On the bars, Junior Alex Greenwald led the way for the Hawkeyes, posting a 9.850, enough to earn a tie for first on the day. The team posted an overall score of 49.025 in the event and is ranked 12th nationally in the event.
- The floor team continued their run as one of the best in the country. The squad posted a 49.150 (5th nationally), led by Senior Clair Kaji's 9.900, which was tied for 1st on the day. Kaji's floor performance, along with a 2nd place finish on beam (9.875) and bars (9.725), earned her Big Ten Specialist of the Week for the second consecutive week.
- The women are back in action February 6th, when they'll take on Minnesota in Iowa City.
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Clair Kaji of @IowaGymnastics
Placed second on the beam (9.875) this past weekend against Illinois
Twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was a 2020 Big Ten DistinguishedScholar#B1G https://t.co/vERbLAi4xM pic.twitter.com/nio8nMfrUw
The Men's Gymnastics team also kicked off their season last week, besting Minnesota 393.650-387.050. The Hawks won 5 of the 6 events on the night, including an all-around victory for senior Bennet Huang.
- Iowa won the floor event with a 66.950 score, led by 14.100 scores from Huang and Junior Stewart Brown.
- On the Pommel Horse, Iowa scored 59.300. Junior Evan Davis scored highest for the Hawks with a 12.600, placing fourth in the event.
- Davis also led the way for the Hawks on the rings, posting a 13.850, a career-best and good enough for the event title. The team posted a 66.900 in the event.
- Vault was Iowa's best event of the night. The Hawks swept the event with a 71.350 score. Amari Sewell won the event with a 14.500, Stewart Brown finished second and Kulani Taylor finished third.
- Iowa scored another win on the parallel bars, posting a 65.300 and taking home an individual win with Sophomore Carter Tope's career-best 13.900.
- The Hawks also won the Horizontal Bar event with a score of 63.850.
- Bennet's excellent performance at the meet earned him Big Ten Gymnast of the Week. He and the Hawks have a week off before returning on February 13th to take on Illinois.
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Bennet Huang of @MensGymIowa
Won the all-around title to help Iowa win its season opener
Shared top honors in the floor exercise
Finished in the top five in five of six events#B1G https://t.co/UDuR4cxA2D pic.twitter.com/TtrwwKfziM
Track and Field
Three Hawkeyes traveled to Champaign last weekend to take part in the Pentathalon at the Illini BIG Multi-Meet.
- Senior Dallyssa Huggins was Iowa's top performer in the event, scoring 3,690 and finishing fourth. She won the high jump with a 1.70m jump, won the 800-meter race with a 2:20, and posted a career-best in the long jump with a 4.98m performance.
- Sophomore Tionna Thomas scored 3,470 points in the event, finishing seventh. Her 2:26.88 was a career-best, as was her total score in the event.
- Freshman Gabbi Bullard scored 2,896 points in the event.
- The Hawks' next meet is scheduled for February 5th and 6th against Nebraska.
- Iowa traveled to take on Purdue over the weekend, where they fell 3-0 in matches on Friday and Saturday.
- There are going to continue to be growing pains for the young Hawkeye program, especially in a conference as tough as the Big Ten, but the young Hawkeyes continue to show signs of growth. The team leaders in kills, digs, and assists were all freshmen in Saturday's match.
- Iowa returns home this weekend to take on Indiana in the first matches inside Xtream Arena.