Track & Field
For a second time this outdoor season, Iowa track & field split up to compete at three different meets. Iowa's multi-event athletes went to the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California. Will Dougherty was the star of the meet with his fifth-place finish in the decathlon, setting a school record with 7,673 points. He broke his own school record thanks to finishing second in shot put, third in high jump and javelin, and fourth in pole vault and 1500-meters. Dougherty was joined by Daniel Gaynes, who took 12th with 5,773 points. He didn't have as much success, though still took second in 400-meters and third in 100-meters.
In the heptathlon, Jenny Kimbro (5,523) finished third and Tria Seawater-Simmons (5,398) placed 7th to etch their names higher in the Iowa record book. Kimbro now has the second best score in school history, and Simmons is third. Over the weekend, Kimbro won long jump, finished second in 100-meter hurdles and third in 200-meters. Simmons had two top-five finishes, as well, taking third in long jump and fourth in 800-meters.
Iowa's sprinters finished high on the podium at the Mt. Sac Relays. Brittany Brown broke Iowa's second school record of the weekend, running 100-meters in 11.28 seconds to win the race, too. She followed her record-breaking performance with a third-place finish in 200-meters, finishing in 23.00 seconds. Jahisha Thomas (6.37-meters) gave Iowa another individual title in long jump.
Chris Douglas notched Iowa's only individual title on the men's side. He crossed the line in 14.02 seconds to win 110-meter hurdles. O'Shea Wilson (7.63m) took fifth in long jump, but he now ranks second in the Big Ten. In long distance, Nathan Mylenek's time of 14.09.53 in 5000-meters was good enough for fourth.
The final meet of the weekend was the Long Beach Invitational. Mar'yea Harris was Iowa's top runner of the meet, as he took eighth in 400-meters with a time of 45.72 seconds. Tyree Sorrells (7.06m) won long jump, while Reno Tuufuli (60 ft, 9.5 in) finished fourth in shot put. On the women's side, Laulauga Tausaga (196 ft, 2 in) finished third in discus.
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It was a rough road trip for Iowa Softball (19-25, 5-11). The Hawkeyes dropped all three games to Illinois, starting with a 7-1 loss. Allison Doocy only lasted four innings, allowing five earned runs (six total) on nine hits. Kenzie Ihle pitched well in relief, allowing just one run in two innings, but Iowa's offense was quiet again. McKenzie Schneider recorded two of Iowa's three hits, and the Hawkeyes only run came on an Illinois' error.
The Hawkeyes nearly snapped its losing streak the next day, but the Illini squeaked out a come-from-behind 6-5 win in eight innings. Doocy only lasted 3.2 innings this time, giving up an earned run (four total) on five hits. Aralee Bogar, who had a pair of hits, and Angela Schmiederer each hit an RBI-single in the third to give Iowa an early 2-0 lead. The Illini scored four runs in the fourth, though. Schneider helped Iowa comeback with a two-run triple in the sixth before an Schmiederer's RBI-FC gave Iowa a 5-4 lead in the seventh. Illinois scored a run in the seventh before a walk-off single in extra innings.
The Hawkeyes dropped the final game, 9-7. Lauren Shaw struggled on the mound, giving up four earned runs (eight total) on six hits over 2.2 innings. Erin Riding pitched well in relief, as she only gave up an unearned run in 3.1 innings, but six Iowa errors was too much to overcome. Iowa took a three run lead thanks to a Schneider home run in the second, but Illinois downed the Hawkeyes with an eight-run third. Mallory Kilian went 2-for-3 with an RBI, but it wasn't enough as Iowa dropped its eighth straight game.
Iowa's losing streak reached nine games on Wednesday night when it lost to Iowa State in Ames, 4-2. Doocy only last four innings and gave up two earned runs (four total), while Ihle pitched two shutout innings. But the Hawkeyes' offense only produced five hits all game. Their only runs came off a two-run Schmiederer single in the first, as well.
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Iowa men's gymnastics finished its season in Chicago at the NCAA Championships. On day one, freshman Bennet Huang stole the show with a career-high 80.865 points in all-around to qualify for every event in the finals on day two. He started his great night on floor, scoring 13.666 points in a 13th-place effort. He also led Iowa on its strongest event -- pommel horse. He finished in eighth (13.700) in front of teammates Nick Merryman (13.633) and Kevin Johsnon (13.400) in ninth and 11th, respectively.
Iowa had another pair of top-15 finishers on rings, too. Jake Brodarzon (13.833) led the way in seventh, while Dylan Ellsworth (13.400) took 15th on day one. However, Iowa's second best event of the night was vault, as Brodarzon (14.460) finished fourth and Huang (14.333) took seventh. Andrew Herrador's (13.866) seventh-place finish on high bar was Iowa's only other top-10 finisher, though Nick Merryman (13.433) finished 15th on high bar and Austin Hodges (13.200) notched a 15th-place finish on parallel bars.
Four Iowa gymnasts qualified for day two, but Huang was Iowa's only gymnast on parallel bars (13.200, 33rd) and floor (13.733, 18th). Although, the Hawkeyes qualified three on pommel horse, which was led by Nick Merryman's (13.400) 17th-place finish. Johnson (13.333) took 22nd and Huang (13.133) was 26th. Huang bounced back on high bar, taking 19th with 13.466 points. However, Herrador was Iowa's highest finisher on high bar with 13.533 points to take 15th.
On day two, the Hawkeyes struggled the most on rings. Huang (12.933) took 30th, but Brodarzon, who finished seventh on day one, struggled to a 43rd-place finish in one of his worst routines of the season. He bounced back on vault, though, taking 15th with 14.360 points. Huang (13.833) took 33rd on vault. That resulted in the freshman finishing an impressive 12th in the nation in all-around, scoring 80.298 points.
In a trip to the state of Michigan, Iowa men's tennis (15-14, 4-7) split a pair against the Michigan schools. The Hawkeyes started with a 6-1 loss at No. 12 Michigan. Kareem Allaf earned Iowa's only point, as he beat Mattias Siimar 6-1, 6-4. He and Jonas Larsen also won their doubles match 6-3, but Iowa lost the other two doubles matches to concede the point.
The Hawkeyes bounced back with a 5-2 win at Michigan State in the regular season finale. Allaf/Larsen won their doubles match again, and Iowa earned the doubles point thanks to Will Davies/Piotr Smietana defeating Jasper Koenen/Josh Mukherjee 6-4. In singles play, Josh Silverstein defeated Brett Forman 7-6(8-4), 6-3 for a tough straight set win. Allaf and Davies each won in straight sets, too. Joe Tyler also earned a singles win with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win over Koenen.
The Hawkeyes qualified for the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed.
The Big Ten Tournament bracket unveiled. The tournament begins Thursday in Iowa City! Free admission to the public! pic.twitter.com/XyyBk5bKsj— Iowa Men's Tennis (@IowaMensTennis) April 22, 2018
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Iowa women's tennis (10-14, 2-9) also concluded its regular season last week. It hosted a pair of games, starting with a 4-3 loss to Minnesota. After losing the doubles points, Iowa's top-three singles players each won -- Elise van Heuvelen defeated Caroline Ryba 7-5, 6-4, Zoe Douglas defeated Tina Kreinis 6-4, 6-2 and Anastasia Reimchen defeated Annemarie Emme 6-4, 6-7(9), 10-6.
The Hawkeyes' season concluded with a 4-1 loss on senior day against Wisconsin. Iowa's only point came when senior Reimchen defeated MaryAnn Rompf 6-1, 6-4. Unfortunately, Iowa didn't qualify for the Big Ten Tournament for the third time in four years.
Check out the Iowa Women's Tennis highlights from today's senior day match vs. Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/nGAilQV8g2— Iowa Women's Tennis (@iowa_tennis) April 22, 2018
Iowa men's golf finished sixth out of 16 teams (875, +23) at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in its final regular season tournament. The Hawkeyes shot 294 to finish day one in sixth, but fell to seventh after day two despite improving their round score by two strokes. Iowa regained sixth place with its tournament-best 289 on the final day.
No Hawkeyes shot under-par, but Matthew Walker (214, +1) led Iowa with a sixth-place finish. Alex Schaake (219, +6) barely missed the top-20, coming in 21st. Iowa's final three golfers finished outside the top-30, as Alex Moorman (223, +10) finished in 34th, and Sam Meuret and Benton Weinberg (226, +13) tied for 50th.
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Over the weekend, Iowa women's golf finished its season at the Big Ten Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio. While the Hawkeyes ultimately finished in 12th, they started the tournament pretty well with an eighth-place finish after day one. They moved back to 10th after day, though, before falling just three shots behind Minnesota in 12th. Michigan State cruised to the team title.
Jessica Ip's (221, +5) 25th-place performance was Iowa's only top-35 finish. However, Shawn Rennegarbe (224, +8) in 38th also finished less than 10-shots over par, while Kristin Glesne (227, +11) just missed the mark. Stephanie Herzog (232, +16) in 62nd, Morgan Kukla (238, +22) in 75th and Rachel Fujitani (239, +23) in 78th rounded out the Hawkeyes golfers.