Non-Rev Run: Your Iowa Hawkeyes Olympic Sports Recap

By Jeremy Karll on February 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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Welcome Jeremy Karll, who's going to give us a recap of the Week that Was in non-revenue sports every Thursday.  Jeremy's a junior at Iowa, and has written for a number of other sports sites and blogs.  We're happy to have him at Go Iowa Awesome.

While Iowa basketball's win over Indiana is garnering the most attention, there are six other teams in action right now. Baseball and softball have started, track and field is about to end their indoor season and focus on outdoor season, and three teams are currently nationally ranked -- men's track and field, women's gymnastics and women's tennis.

Here's a look at everything that happened in the past week.

Iowa Baseball

Iowa baseball is already off to a better start than last season. The Hawkeyes dropped two of three to South Florida over the weekend but won their recently added home opener against Loras, 8-1, on Wednesday night to open the season 2-2.

Iowa should have left South Florida with two wins. In their season opener, they blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth. Closer Zach Daniels allowed four earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched, followed by Josh Martsching allowing four more unearned runs, to give South Florida a nine-run eighth inning and 9-4 lead.

Iowa bounced back and won 4-2 the next day, as starter C.J. Eldred pitched six innings and only allowed one earned run on three hits. Although, the Hawkeyes only managed four hits in their 6-0 shutout loss to South Florida to close out the series. Read more about Iowa's season-opening series with USF here

In their home opener, the Hawkeyes dominated Loras from the start. Iowa scored five runs in the first two innings, including three on a base clearing triple by Matt Hoeg in the first, and didn’t allow a run until the seventh inning. The Hawkeyes added a pair of runs in the eighth before Daniels shut Loras down to end the game.

his weekend, Iowa baseball will travel to Hoover, Ala., to play Alabama State on Friday and Saturday and Morehead State on Sunday in the Hoover Classic.

Iowa Softball

Iowa softball has been in a slump since winning their first two games of the season. This past weekend, the Hawkeyes dropped four games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Atlanta, Ga., to fall to 2-7 on the year and extend their losing streak to seven games.

Iowa lost two games to both Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech by one run each. They held at least a one-run lead in three of the four games, too. The Hawkeyes had three errors against Virginia Tech in the first game of the challenge. It resulted in the Hokies’ only two runs of the game in the seventh and eighth inning, both unearned, before losing 2-1 in eight innings.

Senior Shayla Starkenburg and freshman Allison Doocy both started twice for the Hawkeyes. Starkenburg is now 1-2 on the year with a 2.22 ERA and Doocy is 1-3 with a 3.48 ERA.

Iowa softball’s next games are on March 2 in Fullerton, California, against no. 3 Florida and Fresno State, which has received votes in the poll.

Iowa Track and Field

Before the Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 24-25 in Geneva, Ohio, twelve members of the Iowa Track and Field team went to South Bend, Ind., to take part in the Alex Wilson Invitational while the rest of the team participated in the Iowa Open in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes had a lot of success in the Iowa Open. Sophomore Reno Tufuuli won shotput with a throw of 18.78 meters, which is the third longest in Iowa history. Iowa swept the top-three spots in the 60 meter dash with senior Vinnie Saucer winning with a time of 6.74 seconds, and sophomores O’Shea Wilson and Jacob Gourley finishing behind him. Sophomores Brelyn Barclay, Peter Andreano and Erik Miller took the top three spots in the high jump, as well.

On the women’s side, junior Heaven Chandler set a personal best of 8.54 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles prelim before topping it in the finals at 8.44 and winning the event. Also, junior Marta Bote Gonzalez won the mile, freshman Allison Wahrman won the long jump and junior Jahisha Thomas won the triple jump.

The men’s track and field team is ranked 18th nationally by USTFCCCA.


Iowa’s men gymnastics participated in the Winter Cup Challenge on Saturday. With a score of 154.400, senior Andrew Botto placed 20th in the All-Around. His best finish was ninth on rings with 27.800 points. Also, freshman Nick Merryman finished 10th on pommel horse with a 27.400 after recording a 13.900 in his final try.

Iowa’s no. 22-ranked women’s gymnastics team had two meets in the past week. First, they traveled to George Washington where they placed first out of five teams (GW, Maryland, Pittsburgh, William & Mary). Senior Mollie Drenth won All-Around, finishing with 39.300 points and a career-high of 9.950 points on the beam, and freshman Charlotte Sullivan tied for first on the uneven bars with a season-high 9.900 points.

Their second meet of the week did not go as well. Traveling to no. 2 LSU, the Hawkeyes finished last behind LSU and no. 20 George Washington by a large margin. LSU scored 197.975 points compared to George Washington’s 196.100 and Iowa’s 194.200. Drenth still tied for second in the All-Around, though, with 39.175 points and sophomore Maria Ortiz recorded a season-high 9.825 points on the vault for Iowa.

The women’s team moved up to no. 17 in the rankings following their two meets and will travel to BYU on February 24. The men’s team will travel to no. 3 Illinois on February 25.

Iowa Swim and Dive

On February 22-25, the men’s swim and dive team will participate in the 2017 Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio. They have three NCAA qualifiers from a year ago in sophomores Kenneth Mende and Jack Smith, and junior Jerzy Twarowski.

The women’s swim and dive team finished 11th in the Big Ten Championships last week. Michigan won the event, but the Hawkeyes had four school record performances.

Hannah Burvill, Emma Sougstad, Allyssa Fluitt and Serena Wanasek finished ninth in the 400 freestyle relay with a record time of 3:18.13. Finishing seventh in the 400 medley relay, Burvill, Sougstad, Megan Lavelle and Mekenna Scheitlin recorded a school record time of 3:36.71. In the 200 medley relay, Lavelle, Sougstad, Durvill and Scheitlin broke their own school record with a time of 1:38.99, finishing seventh. Sougstad also set a new Iowa individual record in the 200 breast at 2:10.62 in the prelims.


On Sunday, the men’s tennis team defeated Denver 5-2 to improve to 6-3 on the year. Doubles partners Josh Silverstein and Lefteris Theodorous defeated no. 34 Yannik James and Alex Gasson, 7-5. Theodorous also defeated Diego Rocha in singles; 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4. Their next match is at home against Utah on March 3.

Weather postponed the match between Iowa’s women’s team and UT-Arlington last week. The Hawkeyes are currently 7-0 and no. 48 in the ITA National Ranking. They will host Evansville on February 25.

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