Iowa started its season with three wins, including a walk-off single by Ben Norman on opening day. Ross wrote an in-depth recap for all three games earlier this week.
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Swim & Dive
Iowa men's swim & dive is currently in the middle of their Big Ten Championships, but the women competed last week, shattering a couple of school records in the process.
Meghan Lavelle had herself a day. She started by knocking off her own school record in the 100-back. In the prelim, she touched the wall in 53.36 seconds to advance to the final and be alone atop the record books. She couldn't match her record time in the final, though, as she touched in 53.82 seconds to take 16th.
Lavelle teamed up with Hannah Burvill, Mekenna Scheitlin and Sarah Schemmel in the 200-free medley. Their seventh-place finish (1:31.18) is the second fastest time in school history.
Lavelle and Burvill swam together twice more. They, along with Shea Hoyt and Kelly McNamara, raced to the school's third-fastest time ever (3:37.71) in the 400-medley relay. Also, Lavelle, Burvill, Allysa Fluit and Carly O'Brien set Iowa's second school record of the weekend, swimming the 800-free relay in 7:08.06 to beat the previous school record by more than four seconds. Burvill swam the fastest leg (1:44.42) in school history, as well.
Individually, Burvill touched second in the B final, placing her 10th overall (1:45.82), in the 200-free. Hoyt finished 13th in the 100-breaststroke (1:01.39), also putting her third in school history. Freshman Kelsey Drake etched her name in the record books, too. Her prelim swim of 53.66 seconds in the 100-fly put her into the final and also second in school history. However, she slowed down in the final, finishing in 16th (54.13).
Scheitlin, Hoyt, Jo Jekel and Meghan Hackett touched in 1:39.26 in the 200-medley relay, which is the third best time in school history. Hoyt had arguably the most successful individual swim of the weekend, as well. She took 15th in the 50-free, though her time of 22.77 seconds qualifies as a NCAA "B" Qualifying Time, also placing her third in school history.
Upcoming: Men's Big Ten Championships (WED-SAT)
Iowa softball had an up-and-down weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational. It started with a close 2-1 win over Tulsa. Allison Doocy struck out a career-high 10 batters in her dominating complete game performance. Doocy only allowed two hits, which Iowa's McKenzie Schneider matched herself by going 2-for-3 at the plate. Schneider scored the first run of the game off of a Sarah Kurtz RBI-single in the second, and Cheyenne Pratt hit the game-winning RBI-single in the third.
Iowa's offense was shut down later that day, though, losing 4-0 to Butler. Kenzie Ihle struggled on the mound, allowing six hits and four earned runs in four innings, but Lauren Shaw's one-hit three-inning performance out of the bullpen kept Iowa in striking distance. Unfortunately, the Hawkeyes only managed three hits.
Butler's five errors on Saturday helped Iowa bounce back, winning 8-0. Allie Wood and Mallory Kilian each had two hits, while Kilian and Devin Cantu each drove in two runs. Three Hawkeyes crossed the plate twice, as well. Thanks to five unearned runs, Iowa led 6-0 after the second inning, making it an easy day for Erin Riding on the mound, as she threw five shutout innings.
The biggest matchup of the weekend almost went Iowa's way, but No. 6 Texas A&M scored a couple of runs late to win, 3-2. Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the third when Cantu hit into a FC-RBI, and the Hawkeyes regained the lead in the sixth when Aralee Bogar drove in a run on a single to center. However, Doocy, who threw 6.1 solid innings, gave up a run in the sixth and a walk-off home run in the seventh to Tori Valdes. Doocy struck out five batters.
The Hawkeyes ended the week on a high note, easily defeating Tulsa, 11-3. Despite four errors, Iowa put away Tulsa early, scoring five runs in the third. Kilian had arguably the best game of her career, going 1-for-1 with a home run, three runs, 2 RBI and four walks. Kurtz led the team in hits, going 4-for-4 with four RBI. On the mound, Shaw tossed a complete game gem, allowing just three hits.
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Last week, Iowa men's gymnastics took a week off as three members went to the Winter Cup Challenge. Dylan Ellsworth and Nick Merryman competed in the senior session, while freshman Bennet Huang was in the junior session.
As expected, Huang shined. He notched five top-five finishes on day one, including three top-five finishes, to put him in first (77.600) in all-around heading into the final day. Huang's game excelled in the final. He finished top-10 in all six events, including second in vault (28.350) and high bar (24.850), and third on floor (26.500). Although, he lost the top spot in all-around, scoring 154.000 points for a second-place finish.
Ellsworth and Merryman didn't have the same luck. Ellsworth's eighth-place finish on vault (14.300) helped him advance to the finals with an 18th-place finish on all-around (77.500) on day one, but Merryman did not advance to the finals. He finished in 20th (76.800) as his best finishes came on pommel horse (13th, 13.250) and tying for 15th on rings (13.200) with Ellsworth. In the finals, Ellsworth took 17th (152.350) thanks to taking third on floor (26.500) and fourth on rings (25.350).
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The women's season continued last week, as it easily handled Ball State, 195.775-194.825. Maria Ortiz (9.850) and Nicole Chow (9.825), who finished one-two, led Iowa to a season-high 49.000 points on vault to start the meet. Ortiz also tied with Emma Hartzler (9.775) for third on bars later in the meet, following teammate Melissa Zurawski, who won the event with a score of 9.875.
Chow was the gymnast of the meet, though. Her career-day included a win on beam (9.850), with Charlotte Sullivan and Breanna Fitzke in second (9.775), and a second-place finish on floor (9.825). Lanie Snyder won floor, scoring 9.900 points. It culminated in a career-high 39.250 points in all-around for Chow, earning her the all-around title. She beat out Sullivan (38.450), who took third and has been one of Iowa's most consistent gymnasts this season.
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Track & Field
With the Big Ten Championships coming up this week, most of Iowa's top runners and throwers didn't compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational. A school record still fell, though.
In the distance medley, Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker, Carter Lilly and Michael Melchert took 10th, finishing in 9:33.9. Their time crushed the previous school record by over 10 seconds, hopefully giving them a boost heading into the postseason.
SCHOOL RECORD ALERTThe Iowa men's distance medley relay of Mylenek, Hofacker, Lilly, and Melchert shatter the school record at the Alex Wilson Invite with a time of 9:33.9, over 10 seconds faster than the previous record! #WeAreOne— Iowa T&F/XC (@IowaXC_TF) February 17, 2018
Raymonte Dow won Iowa's only event title of the day. He crossed the line in 48.43 seconds in 400-meters, ahead of teammate Noah Larrison (48.82) who took third. Kevin Docherty took fifth (1:53.31) in 800-meters. On the women's side, Mallory King (56.01) and Aly Weum (56.54) finished fourth and seventh, respectively in 400-meters.
Upcoming: Big Ten Indoor Championships (FRI-SAT)
Iowa men's tennis (5-5) stretched its win streak to four matches last week. It started with a shutout win over Creighton. The Hawkeyes only dropped one set, as No. 1 singles player, Josh Silverstein, held off Brooks Kendall 3-6, 6-2, 15-13.
Later in the week, Iowa beat Denver, 5-2. Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen and Piotr Smietana/Will Davies both won their doubles match, giving Iowa the doubles point. In singles play, Smietana and Joe Tyler needed three sets. But Allaf defeated Matt Summers 6-3, 6-3 and Davies took down Sean Huynh 6-2, 6-3 for Iowa's only straight set wins.
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A one-match week ended in disappointment for Iowa women's tennis (4-3, 0-1). The Hawkeyes only managed two wins in its 8-1 loss to Illinois.
Anastasia Reimchen/Adorabol Huckleby won their doubles match 6-3, but Iowa dropped the other two matches, surrendering the doubles point. In singles play, Iowa's only win came over Illinois' only ranked player. Freshman Yufei Long defeated No. 92 Mia Rabinowitz 6-3, 6-3.
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