Disappointed in Iowa basketball lately? Dismayed over the COVID pause interrupting Iowa's top-ranked Wrestling program? Fear not, fellow Hawkeye fan! There is still no shortage of Iowa athletes dominating the athletic world on a weekly basis. Iowa gymnastics continues to be one of the top programs in the country and the track and field squads are just as strong. The swimming and diving are taking home multiple event wins at every meet, while golf and softball are just getting started. Trust me, Iowa sports still has plenty to look forward to. Let's take a closer look.
- The #9 Iowa Women's team got another crack at Minnesota last week, the only team that had beaten the Hawks this season and took full advantage, besting the Gopher's 196.800-196.325 Saturday in Iowa City. The team score was the fourth-best in Iowa history and is ranked #1 in the Big Ten.
- On Bars, the team posted a 49.075, led by Adeline Kenlin, who scored a 9.850. Clair Kaji also contributed a strong performance, scoring 9.825.
- On the Beam, Iowa scored their season-high, 49.150. Kaji set her season-high mark with a 9.900, which earned her a share of the event title.
- Iowa also posted a season-high in the Floor event, scoring 49.450. Lauren Guerin tied for first with her career-best tying score of 9.950, third-best in school history. JerQuavia Henderson and Alex Greenwald also set career-high marks, with scores of 9.925 and 9.900 respectively. This has been the team's strongest event all year and they continue to find ways to raise an impressively high bar week after week, now ranking 3rd in the nation. Guerin's impressive performance in the event also earned her Big Ten Specialist of the Week for the second time this year.
- On the Vault, Iowa set yet another season-high with a score of 49.125. Guerin won a share of the event title with a season-best 9.900 and Henderson tied her career-best score with a 9.850.
- Adaline Kenlin was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her performance at the meet, the second time she has earned that honor this season.
- The Women's team's next is scheduled for Saturday when Maryland and Minnesota will come to Carver-Hawkeye Arena
- The Men's team is next scheduled to compete February 13th against Illinois
- The men's and women's swimming and diving teams took on Minnesota as well last week and although neither team was able to come away with a win, both had some strong individual performances. The women's team also took on Nebraska, but were unable to come away with a win in that meet either.
- On the men's side, Junior Anze Fers Erzan won four events, starting with a 200 medley relay win then adding three individual wins in 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM for good measure.
- The men also won the 200 free relay event and won 12 individual events in total.
- For the women, Sophomore Mallory Jump won 100 fly by over a second, finishing in 53.05 seconds, good enough for an NCAA B-cut time, and setting a school record. Freshman Alyssa Graves won the 1000 freestyle as well, finishing in 9:50.78.
- Next up for both teams is the Big Ten Championships, scheduled Feb. 24-27 for Diving and March 3rd-6th for Swimming.
Track and Field
- The Hawkeyes traveled to Nebraska for a quad meet over the weekend and came home with nine event wins and 23 career-best performances.
- Freshman Paige Magee set a career-best in the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.39, tied for 5th best in school history. She also won the event with a finals time of 8.47. Senior Jamal Britt won the men's 60-meter hurdles as well, with a time of 7.74.
- Other standout performers for the week included freshman Austin Kresley, who won the 60 and 200-meter races. Kresley's 6.72 60-meter time was the best of his career and 3rd best in school history. The men's and women's 4x400 relay teams both came away with event wins as well.
- The men's team is now ranked 12th in the country and ranked 2nd nationally in the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 60-meter hurdles. The Women's team is ranked 10th nationally in the 400-meter and 60-meter hurdles.
- The team as a whole is impressing in every event and getting contributions from underclassmen and upperclassmen alike. It wouldn't be surprising at all to see some Big Ten champions come out of this group.
- The team will split up next week, with some athletes staying home for the Hawkeye Big Ten Invite and others traveling to Ohio for the Spire Big Ten Prep.
- The Iowa Volleyball played their first matches inside their new home, Xtream Arena, over the weekend, splitting a pair of matches with the Indiana Hoosiers.
- Iowa scored their first victory of the season Friday night, besting the Hoosiers three sets to one. The team set season-highs in kills, attacking percentage, assists and blocks in the match, led by a monstrous performance from junior Hannah Clayton. The team continues to improve its game-to-game stats as the season continues, which is a great sign that the young squad is growing and improving.
- Iowa fell to the Hoosiers in Saturday's match, although they took the Hoosiers to five sets. Junior Courtney Buzzerio registered a triple-double with 11 digs, 21 assists, and 13 kills, a mark reached only five times in the last 20 years by a Hawkeye. Buzzerio is the only Hawkeye in history with multiple triple-doubles and continues to be a consistent bright spot for the young group.
- Iowa travels to Ohio State for a pair of matches this weekend.
- The Women's Golf team kicked off their season February 8th and 9th, taking part in the FAU Paradise Invitational, where the team finished in 8th with a score of 896 (+32).
- Freshman Klara Wildhaber, and sophomores Morgan Goldstein and Jacque Galloway all tied for a team-best three-round score of 222.
- The group will next compete at the Rebel Beach Invitational, scheduled for February 15th and 16th in Las Vegas.
- Iowa released their 2021 season schedule this past week. The full schedule can be found here.