I'm not sure if this has any basis in science, but I'm giving Iowa gymnastics credit for all of the melting snow because they have been absolutely on fire this season (I know it's a bad joke, but I'm running out of ways to say that Iowa gymnastics is really good).
Seriously, every week Iowa gymnastics finds a way to raise the bar. They're setting school records, holding top national rankings, winning meets, there's really nothing else to say. Watch these teams when you can, they're doing something special.
- The Women's team took on Nebraska over the weekend and came away with yet another victory. The 7th ranked Hawks bested the Huskers 195.850-195.100.
- Iowa set a season-high on the vault, scoring a 49.125. Lauren Guerin led the way for the Hawkeyes, tying for second with a 9.875.
- Clair Kaji tied for second on the bars, scoring 9.825, as part of a team total of 48.250.
- Adeline Kenlin and Kaji took the top two spots on the beam, with Kenlin placing first. Her 9.950 tied for second-best in Iowa history.
- The Hawks #1-ranked floor team continued to show out in the event, posting a 49.300 and sweeping the top three spots. Jerquavia Henderson and Clair Kaji tied for first with 9.925's, while Guerin came in third, scoring a 9.900.
- The Women travel to Ann Arbor this weekend to take part in the Big Five Meet against Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and Rutgers.
- The #6-ranked men's side remained undefeated over the weekend, besting #5-ranked Penn St. 398.85-393.550.
- Bennet Huang led the way in the floor event, winning the event with a 13.900. Evan Davis finished second for the Hawks, posting a 13.850.
- Carter Tope tied a career-best of 13.350 on the pommel horse. His score was good for second in the event.
- The Hawks also took second had a second-place finisher in the rings. Freshman James Friedman scored a 13.350, part of a team score of 65.250.
- On Vault, the Hawkeyes scored 70.100. Carter Tope posted a season-best 14.050 in the event.
- Huang took home another event title on the parallel bars, setting his season-best with a 13.350. Carter Tope tied Huang's score and career-bests were also set by Peyton Hobson and Jame Friedman.
- Evan Davis won a share of the event title on the horizontal bars on his way to claiming his second-straight all-around win.
- The Iowa volleyball team welcomed Rutgers to Xtream Arena over the weekend where they split two matches. Iowa won Friday's bout 3-1, but fell 2-3 in Saturday's match.
- Friday's match was the best Iowa has played so far this year. Iowa took sets one and two comfortably and bounced back from a close third set defeat to easily take the fourth set. Edina Schmidt led the team in kills with 21, while Courtney Buzzerio continued to stuff the stat sheet, finishing only two kills shy of another triple-double.
- On Saturday, Iowa lost a back and forth affair 3 sets to 2. They were able to take the first and fourth sets, but never managed to put Rutgers away. Buzerrio came away with another near-triple-double, totaling 19 kills, 27 assists and 9 digs.
- Buzzerio's two standout performances over the weekend earned her Big Ten Player of the Week Honors.
- Iowa will visit Northwestern next week to take on the Wildcats and their assistant coach (who also happens to be my little brother). It's the year's biggest match in my opinion, and I need the Hawks to pull out a win so I don't have to listen to trash talk for the rest of the season.
- The Women's team traveled to Madison Friday, where they came away with a 4-3 win against the Badgers before taking on Minnesota Sunday and securing another win, 5-2.
- Iowa was able to come away with the win Friday thanks to a strong singles performance. They got wins from the Nos. 1,2,3, and 6 spots to pull out the tight match. Freshman Alex Noel's win at the #1 spot improved her record to 9-0 on the year.
- Noel improved her record to 10-0 on Sunday en route to another Hawkeye win. The Hawks were able to secure the doubles point as well as points at the 1, 2, 5, and 6, spots.
- The women's team is back in action this Friday when they host Indiana.
- The Men's squad was also able to secure two wins last week, defeating Indiana 5-2 and Purdue 4-0.
- Against Indiana, the Hawks took the doubles point and also received wins from the #39 player in the nation Kareem Allaf, Joe Tyler, and Oliver Okonkwo.
- In the match against Purdue, Iowa swept every match. Even the three matches that were abandoned were led by the Hawkeyes at the time of their abandonment.
- The Men's team decided not to wear team colors in either match over the weekend. In the wake of the sport's cancellation and what the team has described as an unsatisfactory explanation from the athletic department, they've elected to sport plain red t-shirts instead of black and gold. You can certainly understand why the athletes would feel abandoned and it just hammers home the point that there are no winners when sports get canceled.
In case you were wondering why the Iowa mens tennis team wasnt in Black and Gold for Fridays match... pic.twitter.com/3EvWK8BNP6— Robert Read (@Robert_Read34) February 21, 2021
- The women's soccer team kicked off their season last weekend with a match against Wisconsin, where they fell 1-0.
- Wisconsin scored midway through the first half and, while the Hawks had a few good chances late to get an equalizer, they weren't able to capitalize
- Iowa is playing a conference-only schedule this season, similar to many other sports, and will be back in action on Thursday against Illinois, before traveling to take on Indiana on February 28th.