Non-Rev Round Up: Swim & Dive Dominates Final Dual Meet

By Jeremy Karll on February 8, 2018 at 10:10 am
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Baseball

Iowa baseball returns a week from Friday, though the first home game won't be until February 27 at the earliest. With the season quickly approaching, it was surprising to see Iowa add Missouri State to its schedule, a March 14 game in Kansas City, Missouri. While it's obviously a lot closer to Missouri State, it's considered a neutral site game since it'll be played at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy. 

In almost every other sport, adding Missouri State to the schedule wouldn't be a huge deal. However, given Iowa's need to play non-Division I schools because of the season starting in February, adding the Bears gives Iowa a boost to its strength of schedule. Missouri State has made the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons and will be a contender in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, too. According to Baseball America, they also have the Player of the Year (Jeremy Eierman) and Pitcher of the Year (Dylan Coleman) on their team. That's after losing Jake Burger to the first round of the MLB Draft, too.

Baseball America also released its Big Ten preview, inking Robert Neustrom as its Preseason Player of the Year. 

Neustrom was one of Iowa's top hitters last season, batting .310/.358/.486 with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases for the Big Ten Tournament champions. He carried that momentum into the summer, when he earned all-star honors in the Cape Cod League and then led the Hawkeyes in hitting at the World University Games. Neustrom, a lefthanded hitter, has a solid combination of power and speed and could be Iowa's highest draft pick since Wes Obermueller was picked in the second round in 1999.

BA also named him the conference's second best draft prospect in 2018, with Brady Schanuel coming in at No. 8 on that list. Pitcher Jack Dreyer was picked as the fifth best freshman in the conference, as well. 

Unsurprisingly, BA named Indiana its conference favorite. That said, only Maryland and Nebraska are projected to join Indiana in the NCAA Tournament this season, as Michigan and Iowa are both on the bubble. 

Swim & Dive

In a warm-up meet before the Big Ten Championships, Iowa swim & dive won every event in its home finale against Western Illinois. All 24 event wins can be found here.

On the men's side, Michael Tenney and Kenneth Mende had the closest race of the meet. Tenney (1:39.28) barely touched before Mende (1:39.34) in the 200-free. Also, Joe Myhre dominated the 50-free, touching in 20.43 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Sarah Schemmel (24.10) won by over two seconds in the 50-free on the women's side. Her easy win earned her Big Ten's Freshman of the Week honors.

Jo Jekel didn't have much competition in shorter distances either. She won the 50-back (26.36) and 50-fly (25.37). In longer distances, Meghan Lavelle (1:53.61) finished over seven seconds ahead of the field in the 200-free, and Carly O'Brien (5:01.27) won by 29 seconds in the 500-free. 

The success continued with the divers. William Brenner (355.35 points) won one-meter diving and Anton Hoherz (377 points) won off of three-meters. Jayah Mathews had no problems winning off both heights on the women's side, scoring 284.65 points on one-meter and 315.60 on three-meter. The Big Ten named her Diver of the Week, as well.

Upcoming: Big Ten Women's Championships (FEB 14-17), Men's (FEB 21-24)

Track & Field

Over the weekend, Iowa track & field split up, with part of the team competing at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational and others competing at the Meyo Invitational. Despite the split, the results looked the same.

At the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, Briana Guillory climbed up Iowa's records books even more. She won the 200-meter (23.26) and 400-meter (52.57). Her 200-meter time puts her second in program history, first in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation, while she now ranks third in program history and fifth in the nation in 400-meters. The Big Ten recognized her stellar performances by naming her the conference's Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. She becomes the first female in program history to win multiple Athlete of the Week honors in a single-season.

As impressive as Guillory has been this season, she still has to beat Iowa's 200-meter record holder in Brittany Brown, who FloTrack ranks as the No. 3 indoor 200-meter runner in the nation

She wasn't the only one to find success, though. Akinshe Calica-Hill (14.56 meters) took second in triple jump, and Jenny Kimbro (3882 points) and Tria Seawater-Simmons (3857) took second and third, respectively, in the pentathlon. Kimbro's best events included a win in 60-meter hurdles, third-place finish in long jump and coming in fourth in high jump. Simmons finished second in long jump, and third in high jump and 800-meters.

Laulauga Tausaga set another program record for the third straight week competing at the Meyo Invitational. While the last two came in shot put, Tausaga's winning throw of 19.93 meters in weight throw puts her atop the Iowa record books. She also came in fourth in shot put, finishing behind Nia Britt, who finished third. Reno Tuufuli (18.48) gave Iowa the shot put title on the men's side, beating the field by over a meter.

Mar'yea Harris shined over the weekend, too. His top-time of 45.95 seconds in 400-meters is the best time in the Big Ten this season and ranks third in the nation. Harris is starting to gain national recognition, as well -- FloTrack ranks him as the No. 6 indoor 400-runner in the nation. Chris Thompson, who is now No. 8 all-time in program history, Dejuan Frye and Bradford Garron finished right behind Harris, giving Iowa the top-four finishers in the race. Collin Hofacker finished sixth.

Harris also won 600-meters (1:17.26), as Matt Manternach, Thompson and Raymonte Dow finished third-to-fifth.

In an extremely close race, Daniel Soto (14:25.42) took fourth in 5000-meters. He was just 0.25 seconds behind third place.

Upcoming: Iowa State Classic, Tyson Invitational (FEB 9-10)

Gymnastics

Iowa's No. 10-ranked men's gymnastics narrowly lost to No. 4 Illinois last week, 404.700-401.850. The Hawkeyes claimed two event titles, though, as well season-bests on rings (67.600), parallel bars (66.350), vault (69.700) and high bar (65.550).

Iowa's event titles came in the form of Dylan Ellsworth on vault (14.450), with Bennet Huang finishing third (14.100), and Austin Hodges on parallel bars (13.850). Ellsworth had a solid night as he also finished third on parallel bars (13.450), and rings (13.750) behind Rogelio Vazquez (13.800), who took second.

Hodges also found success on pommel horse, finishing second with 14.200 points, and took fourth on high bar. However, Huang led Iowa on high bar (13.600) with a second-place finish. Huang continued his stellar freshman season by taking the all-around title (79.450), comfortably edging Nick Merryman's (77.300) second-place finish.

Upcoming: @#1 Oklahoma (SAT)

The women entered the week undefeated in Big Ten meets, but that ended with a 195.325-195.150 loss at Illinois. However, Iowa set a season-best on beam (49.200).

Charlotte Sullivan and Nikki Youd led the Hawkeyes on beam, tying for first (9.875). Nicole Chow (9.850) rounded out the top-three. Sullivan led the Hawkeyes most of the night, as she finished third on bars (9.875) and second on the team on vault (9.750). Only Youd, who finished third with 9.775 points, had a better night on vault. It culminated in a second-place finish (39.300) in all-around for Sullivan, as she has routinely been top-three this season.

Melissa Zurawski notched Iowa's other event title on floor, scoring 9.975 points. Nicole Chow (9.850) finished third, too.

Upcoming: #8 Nebraska (SAT)

Tennis

Iowa men's tennis (1-4) losing streak reached four games last week with a 5-2 loss at Miami. It started well as Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen and Piotr Smietana/Will Davies won Iowa the doubles point. However, in singles play, Will Davies three-set win over Tatsuki Shiamoto was Iowa's only singles win of the match. That said, Iowa played Miami tough, as five of six matches went three sets.

Upcoming: @Drake (FRI), Arizona/IUPUI (SUN)

In a trip to Texas, Iowa women's tennis (4-2) split a pair of games, starting with a 4-3 loss to North Texas. Zoe Douglas/Yufei Long continued their perfect season with an upset of No. 36 Maria Kononova/Tamuna Kutibidze 7-5 to help Iowa win the doubles point. It wasn't as smooth sailing in singles play, though, as only Long and Anastasia Reimchen won.

The Hawkeyes bounced back with a 5-2 win over SMU the next day. After sweeping the doubles point, Iowa secured its fourth win of the season thanks to its top-four singles players combining to only drop one set. 

Because of their upset win over North Texas' top doubles partners, and 3-0 start to the season, Douglas/Long came in at No. 41 on the latest ITA doubles rankings. 

Upcoming: @Illinois (FEB 17)

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