Swim & Dive
The NCAA swimming season concluded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as four Iowa swimmers swam at the NCAA Championships. The relay team of Jack Smith, Will Scott, Matt Kamin and Joe Myhre swam in both the 200-free and 400-free relays, while Smith also swam in the 100-free.
They had their best finish on day one in the 200-free relay, advancing to the 'B' final thanks to a school-record time on 1:17.46 in the prelims. However, the quartet swam slower in the final (1:18.17) and finished last, though they still earned All-American honors as they finished 16th overall.
They were back in the pool on day two. Iowa's time of 2:53.41 wasn't good enough to make the finals, though, as it finished in 23rd.
Smith's season ended a little later. Despite swimming a school record time at the Big Ten Championships, he wasn't able to duplicate it. Smith swam the 100-free in 43.39 seconds to place 33rd and out of the finals qualifying spots. If Smith duplicated his school record time, he would have finished in 25th.
Another week, another ranked win for Iowa softball. The Hawkeyes improved to 15-14 (1-1 B1G) on the season thanks to a 3-2 week, even though it started with a 4-1 loss to No. 17 Michigan. Allison Doocy pitched great in the first game of the doubleheader, allowing four runs and striking out eight in a complete game effort. However, a three-run home run by Tera Blanco sparked a four-run Michigan third inning, which Iowa couldn't match. Allie Wood, who went 2-for-4, hit an RBI-single in the fifth, but Iowa could only manage three other hits.
Despite it being a doubleheader, Doocy pitched again, shutting down the Wolverines. She allowed one earned run (three total) and eight hits, while only striking out two batters, in another complete game effort. Despite two Iowa errors, the Hawkeyes snapped Michigan's 18-game winning streak, 4-3. McKenzie Schneider went 2-for-2, including an RBI-triple in the second, while Daniella Ibarra followed with an RBI-groundout to extend Iowa's lead to 2-0 in the second. Wood put the game away with a two-RBI double of her own in the sixth.
The Hawkeyes held on for a 4-3 win over #19 Michigan. Allie Wood's 2-run double added insurance for Allison Doocy, who threw a complete game in the victory! #Hawkeyes #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/LDwMRmyEC1— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) March 24, 2018
The week got easier, as Iowa handily beat UW-Green Bay, 9-1. Kenzie Ihre pitched six innings, allowing an earned run and striking out eight, as Iowa managed three runs in the first, second and sixth innings. Wood went 2-for-3 with two RBI, Taylor Libby had a pair of hits and RBI, and Aralee Bogar finished the day going 3-for-4 with four RBI at the plate.
Iowa also won the second game of the doubleheader, 3-2. Erin Riding only pitched an inning, as she gave up both runs, but Doocy shut the door by striking out 11 batters in six innings of work. Libby delivered a RBI-single to cut the lead in half. Iowa regained the lead thanks to an Angela Schmeiderer RBI-single and Cheyenne Pratt RBI-groundout.
The week concluded with a tough 3-1 loss to Drake. Schneider hit an RBI-single in the seventh, but it was enough. Doocy pitched well, especially considering she only allowed three of Drake's 11 hits to score, but her eight strikeouts weren't enough.
Upcoming: @Maryland (FRI-SAT), Northern Iowa (WED)
In the regular season finale, No. 9 Iowa men's gymnastics put up a season-high 411.050 points. It still wasn't enough, though, as No. 3 Minnesota (419.100) and No. 4 Nebraska (416.050) easily handled the Hawkeyes.
The meet started with Iowa's weakest event -- floor. Bennet Huang's (14.250) had Iowa's only top-10 performance as he finished in ninth. However, it quickly got better. Iowa set a season-high 70.450 on pommel horse, led by Austin Hodges setting a school record score of 14.850 points to win the event. It didn't stop there. Huang and Elijah Parsells (14.400) took fourth and Nick Merryman (13.950) finished in 10th, giving Iowa four top-10 finishers in a single event for the only time that night.
Although, Iowa had three gymnasts in the top-six on vault. Jake Brodarzon (14.050) finished second, Mark Springett (13.900) finished in third and Dylan Ellsworth (13.800) notched a sixth-place finish. Another school record fell on vault in the next event, as Ellsworth scored 14.950 points, giving Iowa its only top-10 finish in the event. Iowa had three more top-10 finishes in the next event, as Brodarzon and Ellsworth (13.850) tied for eighth and Hodges (13.800) took 10th on parallel bars. The Hawkeyes finished strong as they scored a season-high 67.150 points on high bar, being led by Hodges (14.050) winning the event, Merryman (13.95) in third and Huang (13.600) in eighth.
Upcoming: Big Ten Championships (APRIL 6-7)
Iowa women's gymnastics needed a strong outing at the Big Ten Championships to advance to another NCAA Regionals, and it delivered. Iowa finished fourth, scoring a season-high 196.400 points, but Michigan won the meet.
Nicole Chow and Charlotte Sullivan were the stars for Iowa on the night, starting on beam when Chow (9.850) finished sixth and Sullivan (9.800) finished in 16th. On vault, Sullivan led Iowa. Her third-place finish, scoring 9.875 points, was the highest Iowa finish of the night, but she was followed closely by Chow (9.850) in fourth. Chow also took 16th on floor, scoring 9.850 points. On parallel bars, Melissa Zurawski took over the spotlight, leading Iowa with a sixth-place finish (9.900).
However, after the meet, Chow and Sullivan regained the spotlight. Chow (39.325) and Sullivan (39.275) finished in sixth and eighth, respectively, in all-around. Also, Sullivan was named to the All-Championship team after the meet for the first time in her career.
Due to Iowa's strong showing, it squeaked into the Minneapolis Regional as a six-seed. Iowa hasn't missed an NCAA Regional since 2005. No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Denver, No. 24 Minnesota and Iowa State are in its regional. The top-two teams advance to the NCAA National Championships, along with the top-two all-around finishers not on a qualifying team and any event winners not on a qualifying team.
Upcoming: NCAA Regionals (APRIL 7)
Iowa men's tennis (9-9, 1-2) dropped a couple of tough matches last week. No. 35 Minnesota barely edged Iowa, 4-3. Kareem Allaf pulled an upset in singles play, though, as he defeated No. 75 Stefan Milicevic 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. Joe Tyler defeated Eli Ogilvy 6-3, 6-2 and Jonas Larsen beat Jackson Allen 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(5) for Iowa's other two wins.
Iowa didn't have as much luck against Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes lost 4-0, failing to win a set. In fact, the Hawkeyes only won one game in doubles play.
Upcoming: #7 Illinois (SAT), Northwestern (SUN), South Dakota State (SUN x2)
Facing two-ranked teams, Iowa women's tennis (9-8, 1-3) didn't have any better luck. It started with a 5-2 loss to No. 33 Wichita State. Adorabol Huckleby defeated Marta Bellucco 6-3, 6-2, and Montana Crawford beat Sarvinoz Saidhujaeva 7-5, 2-6, 1-0(10-7) for Iowa's only points of the match.
The week ended with a 6-1 loss to No. 27 Ohio State. Huckleby continued her strong week, earning Iowa's only win of the match. She defeated Emma DeCoste 6-4, 6-7(7-1), 1-0(10-6).
Check out the highlights from Iowa's tennis match against Ohio State! pic.twitter.com/snQH9HD2Mp— Iowa Women's Tennis (@iowa_tennis) March 25, 2018
Upcoming: @Indiana (SAT), @Purdue (SUN)
Competing in Eugene, Oregon, Iowa men's golf finished 13th out of 16 teams at the Duck Invitational. Iowa shot 896, +44 for the tournament but finished day one in seventh (296), However, Iowa progressively got worse as the tournament went on, shooting 299 and 301 in the final couple of days.
Alex Schaake once again led the Hawkeyes, finishing in 31st (222, +9). Benton Weinberg also notched a top-50 finish, as he came in 43rd (225, +12), and Matthew Walker barely missed the top-50, finishing in 51st (226, +13). Iowa's final two golfers didn't finish far behind. Alex Moorman took 59th (228, +15) and Jake Rowe finished in 64th (229, +64).
Upcoming: Hawkeye Invitational (APRIL 14-15)
Escaping the rain and snow in Iowa City, Iowa women's golf traveled to Arizona to compete in the Arizona State Invitational. The Hawkeyes stayed cold, though, as it finished last (911, +47). Iowa was in the 13th after day one (304), but fell to last after shooting its weekend-best 303 on day two. It finished the invitational shooting 304.
Rachel Fujitani led Iowa with a 29th-place finish (221, +5), and Shawn Rennegarbe's 48th-place finish was Iowa's only other top-50 finish (226, +10). Jessica Ip took 58th, shooting 230, +14, while Kristin Glesne (236, +20) and Sarah Overton (246, +30) finished in 73rd and 80th, respectively, to round out Iowa's team.
Upcoming: Bruzzy Challenge (MON-TUE)