Track & Field
The Larry Wieczorek Invitational was entertaining from start to finish, scattered with event titles for the Hawkeyes. The men comfortably beat out LSU for the team title, but the women finished second behind the Tigers. As a result, the men moved up to No. 22 in the nation, while the women received their highest ranking since 2008 at No. 27.
The star of the meet was Briana Guillory, who earned Big Ten Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors for her performances. Individually, Guillory finished second in the 400-meter premier race (52.92), which featured professionals, as she only lost to Nike athlete and 2012 Olympian Georganne Moline. However, her new personal record gives her the best collegiate time in the nation this season. In the 400-meter race, Iowa had three of the top finishers in Tashee Hargrave, Talia Buss and Addie Swanson.
Guillory also barely finished second (23.58) behind Iowa's star 200-meter runner, Brittany Brown (23.54) in the 200-meter premier race. However, Brown and Guillory, along with Sheridan Champe and Sarah Plock, won the 4x400 relay premier by over a second. Their time of 3:37.37 is fast enough for the 10th best time in the nation.
While breaking a program record is no small feat, it seemed like only a matter of time before star sophomore Laulauga Tausaga broke the shot put record. It finally happened on Saturday, as her throw of 15.87 meters (52 feet, 1 inch) broke a record which had stood since 1985. She finished fifth in the event, but her amazing Iowa career is only getting started.
On the men's side, Mar'yea Harris made a statement. His third place finish in the 400-meter premier race is even more impressive considering he only lost to a Nike athlete in Fred Kerley and A.J. Bailey, who owns the NCAA 400-meter record. Plus, Harris' time of 46.50 seconds is the seventh best time in the world this year.
Harris also anchored Iowa's 4x400 premier team, running the fastest split (45.599) of anyone in the race to edge the competition by 0.17 seconds in one of the wildest finishes of the young track season. Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye and Bradford Garron ran extremely well, too, but Harris' epic comeback down the stretch gave Iowa the meet-ending win.
In the heptathlon, Will Dougherty (5,572 points) took down 2016 Olympian Zach Ziemek to win. On his way to beating an Olympian, he also broke his own school record.
Tysen VanDraska set a personal record as he won the 800-meter premier race, crossing the line in 1:52.40. Chris Douglas looks to be Iowa's top 60-meter hurdler this season, as his time of 7.60 seconds places him third in program history and fifth in the nation this season. Also, Aaron Mallett came back for a second meet to compete in the 60-meter hurdles Olympic Deve draw. He took second (7.54) behind on Nike athlete Aries Merritt.
Track & Field Larry Wieczorek Invitational Highlights pic.twitter.com/DamIwUeqkX— Iowa T&F/XC (@IowaXC_TF) January 21, 2018
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Iowa women's tennis (2-0) started the season strong this past week, cruising to two easy wins. They started their season with a 6-1 beating of Creighton. Iowa won the doubles matches by a combined score of 12-3 and took five of the six singles matches. In fact, Elise van Heuvelen, Yufei Long and Anastasia Reimchen each won 6-1, 6-0.
It continued its season with an even more convincing win over Northern Iowa, 7-0. Iowa again swept the doubles matches, 12-1. Long bageled Reghan Lynch, while Adorabol Huckleby only dropped one game and van Heuvelen and Danielle Burich each only dropped two games all match.
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The men (1-1) also started the season hot, beating Marquette 7-0. Iowa's doubles teams only dropped one game in total, as it also won all six singles matches in straight sets.
However, Iowa ran into trouble later in the day as Western Michigan ruined Iowa's season-opening doubleheader, 5-2. Iowa's two points came by winning the doubles point. Kareem Allaf and Jonas Larsen defeated Maik Steiner and Jannik Opitz, 7-6(1), and Joe Tyler and Jake Jacoby took down Kennosoke Nouchi and Billy Heckman, 6-4. However, Iowa's only win in singles play came from Tyler, who took down Lenhord Houpt 6-4, 7-5.
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Iowa's No. 8-ranked men's gymnastics team traveled back to Chicago to face UIC and No. 5 Stanford. The Hawkeyes (396.100) had no problems beating UIC (366.300) again, but they couldn't come close to Stanford (405.750). Despite the second place finish, Iowa recorded event titles in three events. Its downfall came on high bar and vault, though, as no Hawkeyes finished in the top-three in either event.
Rogelio Vazquez had the best meet as he won an event title on parallel bars (13.900) and finished second on rings (13.400). However, Iowa's only one-two finish came on the pommel horse, as Elijah Parsells (13.900) and Nick Merryman (13.650) accomplished the feat.
Merryman also finished fourth (75.900) in all-around, but Bennet Huang led the Hawkeyes with a third-place finish as he notched a career-high score of 76.650 points. His event title on floor (14.250) helped him finish top-three -- Iowa scored a season-high team score of 67.750 points on floor.
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While not ranked like the men, Iowa women's gymnastics has had a strong start to the season. This past week it beat Ohio State in a very close meet, 195.725-195.300. While the team scores were close, Iowa won every individual event title. Also, even though the season is still very young, Iowa set season-high team scores in all four events.
GymHawks Beat Buckeyes in Home Debut pic.twitter.com/prcRsKkGXA— Iowa Gymnastics (@IowaGymnastics) January 20, 2018
Charlotte Sullivan led the way, winning all-around (39.100) with a season best score. She and Lanie Snyder tied for first on floor, too, scoring 9.875 points. Nichole Chow took third (9.850).
On vault, Nikki Youd (9.850) and Melissa Zurawski (9.800) finished first and second, respectively. Youd also tied with Clair Kaji on beam (9.850) for her second event title of the meet. Zurawski (9.875) earned an event title on bars as she barely beat out Kaji (9.850).
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Swim & Dive
In the pool, Iowa men's swimming dominated Northwestern, 194-101. The women lost, 163.5-134.5, but still had a couple of event titles, as well.
On the men's side, Kenneth Mende, Daniel Swanepoel, Jerzy Twarowski and Joe Myhre started the meet by winning the 200-yard medley in 1:29.54. A strong showing in the relay led to more individual accolades throughout the meet from these swimmers.
Mende also won 100-back (48.73) and 200-back (1:46.57), while Twarowski swam to a first-place finish in 200-butterfly (1:49.54) and earned an NCAA 'B' Qualifying Time of 48.23 seconds in the 100-butterfly. Individually, Myhre won the 50-free (20.50) and later the 100-free (44.87) as Jack Smith (45.02) and Matt Kamin (45.56) finished second and third, respectively, behind him.
Myhre, Smith, who also won the 200-free (1:40.39), Michal Brzus and Kamin teamed up, as well, to take the 400-free relay in convincing fashion, touching in 2:58.76. Iowa swept the relay as Samantha Sauer, Carly O'Brien, Allysa Fluit and Hannah Burvill (3:25.94) touched before Northwestern for the women's only relay win of the meet.
Burvill also found success in the 200-free, winning in 1:49.63. O'Brien finished in second (1:50.67), but she found redemption by winning the 100-free (51.5).
Iowa's men had a lot of success off the diving board. On the one-meter dive, William Brenner (327 points) and Matt Mauser (324.75) finished one-two, respectively. Mauser also finished second in the three-meter dive, scoring 331.13 points. Anton Hoherz (356.63) convincigly beat him for the event title.
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