Iowa women's gymnastics will start its season in Tempe, Arizona, against Arizona State and Iowa State on January 6 ranked as the No. 20 team in the country, according to the Preseason Coaches' Poll. This season, the Hawkeyes have seven preseason top-25 opponents on their schedule, including two top-10 teams in No. 7 Michigan and No. 9 Nebraska. Oklahoma, Florida and LSU are the top-three teams in the country.
Swim & Dive
For an eighth straight year, Iowa women's swim & dive took down Iowa State. The Hawkeyes cruised to a 172.5-127.5 win as it grabbed first place in 12 of 16 events.
Iowa jumped out to a quick lead in the first event of the night, beating Iowa State in the 200-medley relay. Jo Jekel, Shea Hoyt, Kelsey Drake and Mekenna Scheitlin finished in 1:42.06. Hoyt went on to also win the 200-breaststroke (2:14.22) as she swam an NCAA "B" qualifying time. Drake won the individual 200-IM (2:02.46), too, while also touching first in the 200-fly (1:59.99).
Jekel didn't win her individual event as teammate Meghan Lavelle beat her in the 100-back (54.43). That said, Jekel took second (54.94) and both swam NCAA "B" qualifying times. Lavelle swept the individual backstroke races, winning 200-back (1:59.37) in impressive fashion. Later in the meet, Jekel swam alongside Scheitlin, Lauren Leehy, and Hannah Burvill to take first in the 400-free (3:23.06).
Jacintha Thomas dominated Iowa State on both her one-meter dive (284.50) and three-meter dive (291.15), earning Big Ten Diver of the Week honors. The Big Ten also named Hoyt Swimmer of the Week and Drake Freshman of the Week, giving Iowa a sweep of the conference's weekly awards.
On the men's side, Will Brenner and Anton Hoherz will compete in the 2017 USA Diving Winter National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, on December 13-19.
Upcoming: Illinois (W), Notre Dame (M/W) (JAN 12)
Track & Field
On Saturday, Iowa track & field hosted its Intrasquad meet. The gold team won on the men's side, 49-47, while the black team cruised to a 53-41 win on the women's side.
O'Shea Wilson has competition in 60-meters this year. Freshman Tyree Sorrells challenged the senior before coming up just short. Wilson (6.87) edged Sorrells (6.90) by 0.03 seconds. Sorrells won long jump, though.
Also in sprints, Chris Douglas looks poised to be Aaron Mallett's replacement in the 60-meter hurdles. He was the only sprinter to finish under eight seconds, as his qualifying time (7.86) was slightly better than his final time (7.88).
One of the closest races of the meet came in 600-meters. Carter Lilly (1:19.38) won, but Matt Manternach (1:19.43) and Dejuan Frye (1:19.98) were right behind him. Lilly was also part of the winning 4x400-relay team to close out the meet. He, Collin Hofacker, Dejuan Frye, and Antonio Woodard (3:12.77) barely edged out Noah Larrison, Mar'yea Harris, Chris Thompson, and Bradford Garron (3:12.81). Despite being on the losing team, freshman Garron ran the fastest split of the eight runners (46.716).
On the women's side, Elizabeth Niedert dominated in the mile (5:22.19), winning by more than 13 seconds. In 300-meters, Sheridan Campe's time of 38.66 seconds barely edged out Sarah Plock (39.44).
Jaylnn Roberts-Lewis was part of a couple of close finishes on Saturday. In 60-meters, Taylor Chapman (7.62) barely edged her, winning by 0.2 seconds. However, Lewis found redemption in long jump, as her jump of 5.31 meters beat Hannah Schilb by 0.01 meters.
Upcoming: Hawkeye Invitational (JAN 13)
Annika Olsen became the fourth Hawkeye in program history, and first since 1989, to be selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Volleyball first team. Olsen, who will graduate this week with a finance degree and an incredible 4.06 GPA, was a crucial part of Iowa's success this season. She led the Big Ten in digs (531) this season and finished No. 5 in program history in digs (1,556), too. Olsen had double-digit digs in 30 of 33 matches this season, including 10 games with at least 20.
Former Iowa golfer Brad Hopfinger (-14) tied for 42nd to barely make the final cut at the Web.com tour. Since he finished in the top-45, he secured himself a spot in the first eight events of the 2018 Web.com Tour Regular Season. Vince India (-13) and Steven Ihm (-12) only missed the cut by a couple of strokes.