In case you missed it, Iowa announced Monday that women's swimming and diving will continue after this season. It comes after a long and messy process (I know, a messy process involving Iowa's Athletic Department -- shocking!), but the important news is women's swimming and diving is back for good.
It was a great ending to another strong week for Iowa Olympic sports. Gymnastics and track continue to be national contenders and as other spring sports get into full swing, they're doing all they can to reach those same heights.
- New week, same story. Iowa gymnastics continues to put up monstrous performances. Last week, the seventh-ranked women's team bested Maryland by a score of 196.775-195.350. The team score was the fifth-best in school history.
- Iowa's floor team, now ranked #1 in the country (!) posted a school-record 49.600 in the event, led by JerQuavia Henderson's event winning 9.975, tied for the best score in school history.
- The Hawks also set a season-high on the vault, scoring 49.050. Three different Hawks posted 9.825 scores in the event.
- On the beam, the Hawks set yet another season-best, with a 49.200. Adeline Kenlin set her career-best with a 9.925, earning 2nd in the event.
- Iowa turned in another season-best performance on the bars with a 48.925.
- Turns out setting season-highs in every event is a good recipe for success. Iowa now ranks in the top-20 in all four events, including two top-10 rankings
- The men's gymnastics team had a successful weekend of their own, knocking off #4 Illinois 402.000-400.500. The team won five events, including the all-around.
- On the floor, Iowa scored a 68.300, 7th-best in school history. Evan Davis led the way for the Hawks with a 14.1000.
- Bennet Huang claimed a share of the event win on the pommel horse, scoring a 13.700. The team finished with a total score of 66.500 in the event.
- On the rings, Peyton Hobson finished 2nd with a career-best score of 13.600. The team scored 65.800 in the event.
- Amari Sewell won the vault event with a 14.500. The Hawks scored a total of 69.450 in the event.
- On the parallel bars, Carter Tope and Stuart Brown tied for the event win, each posting a score of 13.800. The team score in the event was 66.200.
- Evan Davis also claimed the title in the horizontal bars, scoring 13.500, on his way to an All-Around event win. His All-Around score of 81.700 earned him Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors.
- The team now ranks 6th in the nation, along with #3 rankings on the rings and parallel bars.
Track and Field
- The track and field teams were split over the weekend, competing in both the Spire B1G Invitational and hosting an invitational of their own.
There were standout performances all weekend in various events. A few highlights include:
- Max Murphy running the 3rd fastest 3,000-meter race in school history as a freshman
- Jamal Britt tying the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, a record he now shares with teammate Jaylan McConico. Britt also won the men's long jump and earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week, his 3rd award of the year.
- Freshman Paige Mcgee won the women's 60-meter hurdles with the 3rd-fastest time in school history, 8.29. It was also the 2nd-fastest time in the Big Ten this season.
- Mallory King won the women's 800-meter race by almost three seconds. She was also part of the gold medal-winning 4x400 relay team
- Dallyssa Hudgens won the women's high jump with a 1.73-meter jump.
- The team's well-rounded performance has earned them national rankings in multiple events on both the men's and women's side. The women now rank #3 in the shotput, #10 in the weight throw, #11 in the 60-meter hurdles, #10 in the 400-meters, and #9 in the 800-meters. The men rank #4 in the shot, #9 in the weight throw, #2 in the 60-meter hurdles, #6 in the long jump, #12 in the 200-meters, #3 in the 400-meters, and #13 in the 800-meter race.
- The Iowa volleyball team traveled to Ohio State over the weekend, but were unable to come away with a win Friday or Saturday against the Buckeyes, dropping both matches in straight sets.
- Friday's match was a story of slow starts. Iowa fell behind 6-0, 7-1, and 6-2 in the three sets and while they were able to fight back to give themselves a chance, their slow starts proved too much to overcome.
- Iowa improved their performance on Saturday, losing the first two sets 28-26 and 29-27 before falling more handily in the final set.
- Starting slow and giving up big runs are both common occurrences among young teams. It takes poise to stop a few mistakes from spiraling into a lost set and the young Hawks team is still learning how to do that on the fly. The fact that they competed better on Saturday is encouraging, but they'll need to learn to flip the script in-game, rather than waiting for the next match, if they want to take the next step and get in the Win column.
- Rutgers will be in town this weekend for the Hawkeyes' next match.
- The women's tennis team held their first two matches of the season last week, defeating Illinois before falling to #8 Northwestern.
- Freshman Alexa Noel has been the star throughout the preseason and continued to show out in the first two conference matches. She won against both Illinois and Northwestern from the #1 spot to improve to 8-0 on the season. Her performance earned her Big Ten Tennis Player of the Week.
- Iowa's next two matches are scheduled for Friday and Sunday, when they'll take on Wisconsin, followed by Minnesota.
- The women's golf team finished 4th at the Rebel Beach Invitational last week, shooting an 895 (+31).
- The team's best performance of the weekend came when they scored a second-round score of 284 (-4), the 2nd-best 18 hole score in program history.
- Sophomore Lea Zeitler scored the 10th best 54-hole score in program history with a 216(E). She also scored a tournament-low with a second-round 66 (-6), the lowest 18-hole score ever for the team. Her record-breaking performance earned her Big Ten Golfer of the Week Honors.
B1G News!— Iowa Women's Golf (@IowaWomensGolf) February 17, 2021
Sophomore Lea Zeitler recorded an 18-hole round score of 66 (-6) this mark is the LOWEST individual performance for 18 holes in the record book.
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