Nothing like a few warm days to tease us that spring is coming before dropping back into another two weeks of 40 degrees and windy. The midwest seems to do it every year and every year I fall for the trick only to be let down when it gets cold again (or snows in May. The midwest truly is the roulette wheel of weather.). Either way, hope you got a chance to take in some of the recent warm weather and some of the recent Iowa sports. It was a fairly quiet week on the Olympic Sports front, but Iowa still had a few standout performances.
And let's just stop and reflect on this -- it really has been a spectacular few weeks for Iowa sports, from men's and women's basketball to wrestling to gymnastics to track and field and more... it's great to be a Hawkeye right now.
okay, this isnt even all of it, but HOW FUN has it been to be a Hawkeye these last few weeks!? @IowaGymnastics | @iowafieldhockey | @Hawks_Wrestling | @IowaHoops | @IowaXC_TF | @IowaWBB | @TheIowaHawkeyes pic.twitter.com/8CSdDSsOkl— National I-Club (@jointheiclub) March 9, 2021
- After wrapping up a Big Ten regular-season title last week, the Women's Gymnastics squad took on Illinois last weekend as they celebrated Senior Day. The Hawks, as they have for most of the season, came away with another impressive win, besting the Illini 196.450 - 194.225.
- JerQuavia Henderson led the way for the team on the vault, taking the event win with a 9.875 as part of a 49.050 team score. Adeline Kenlin took second with a 9.825.
- Kenlin finished second on the bars, where the Hawks scored 48.850.
- On the floor where the Hawks rank #2 in the country, the team posted a 49.425 and finished in the top four spots. Clair Kaji and Henderson tied for the event win with matching 9.925s.
- Iowa scored 49.125 on the Beam, again taking the top two spots in the event. Kenlin won the event with a 9.925, while Kaji finished second with a 9.900.
- Kaji's performance at the meet earned her Big Ten Specialist of the Week honors, setting a program record for weekly honors with the team's 8th such award.
...— Iowa Gymnastics (@IowaGymnastics) March 8, 2021
Clair Kaji has been named for the third time this season!
That makes 8 B1G Weekly honors for our team this season, a new program record!@clairkaji | #Hawkeyes
- Iowa will finish its regular season again Nebraska on March 14th.
- The Men's Gymnastics team suffered their first loss of the season to #2 Michigan last weekend, falling 402.650-398.650.
- Bennet Huang scored a season-high in four events, the floor (where he won the event), the pommel horse, the vault (a career-best), and the parallel bars.
- Peyton Hobson scored a career-high 13.750 on the rings.
- The team took the top three spots in the vault event, led by Stewart Brown's 14.650. He and Evan Davis both competed in the meet all-around, where Davis finished second with an 80.000.
- Iowa's next meet will be March 13th on the road against Ohio State.
- The Men's team had two matches last week, but were unable to come away with a win against Illinois or Northwestern.
- The Hawks were shut out against the Illini and were only able to come away with a single point against Northwestern, thanks to a singles win from Will Davies.
- Both the Illini and the Wildcats were top 30 programs nationally, with the Illini being ranked 9th last week. It was always going to be tough to come away with wins against such strong competition and I would expect the team to bounce back well next week.
- The women's team split their two matches last week, beating Penn State 5-2 before falling to Ohio State by the same score. Iowa's record now sits at 6-2 in the Big Ten.
- Freshman Alexa Noel continued her perfect start to the season, picking up two more wins in the #1 spot.
- Iowa also scored wins at the #2, #3, and #6 spot against Penn St. and at the #2 spot against Ohio St.
- The Hawks next match is on March 13th against Illinois.
- The Women's soccer team played two more matches last week, battling to a 2OT draw against Michigan before falling 0-2 to Northwestern on Monday.
- The team is still without a goal on the season, but their defense continues to keep them in games. If the offense can come around, they'll be competitive moving forward.
- The Iowa Field Hockey team scored a pair of 1-0 wins over Rutgers and Penn St last week.
- Iowa scored the lone goal in their match against Rutgers midway into the fourth quarter, when Lokke Stribos put away an opportunity set up by Ellie Holley and Leah Zellner.
- Against Penn St, the match's only goal came in the second quarter when Zellner again set up a goal off a corner, this time scored by Anthe Nijziel.
- Nijziel was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
- The Hawks are now 4-0 on the season and will next play Friday against Michigan.