No need to bury the lede here: Iowa is crushing it. Seriously, in pretty much every sport, Iowa is setting records, winning matches, and having standout individual performances. No need to waste time with me trying to be witty, let's go enjoy all of the great Hawkeye athletes.
Track and Field
- The Iowa Track and Field team competed at the Indoor National Championships last week and came away with five All-American Honors.
- The star of the meet for the Hawks was Jamal Britt. Britt finished 2nd nationally in the 60m Hurdles shattering the Iowa school records in the prelims before besting his own mark the next day in the finals. Britt's 7.52 was only one-hundredth of a second off the national championship mark. Huge congratulations to Jamal, who has dominated throughout the year and now gets the national recognition and reward for it. He was heartbreakingly close to a national title, but that doesn't take away from what he was able to achieve throughout the year. Britt is an All-American and all-time record holder at Iowa and that's something to be damn proud of.
SILVER MEDALIST— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) March 15, 2021
Jamal Britt (@JRBritt28) broke his own 60m-hurdle school record on Saturday, clocking a time of 7.52 to win the silver medal at the NCAA Indoor T&F Championships.
It is the highest 60m-hurdle finish in @IowaXC_TF history. pic.twitter.com/kKme8KoeiN
- Mallory King finished 11th nationally in the 800 meters, Peyton Haack finished 12th nationally in the heptathlon and Austin West finished 13th nationally in the heptathlon. All three were named 2nd-team All-Americans
#NCAATF Heptathlon— Iowa Track & Field/Cross Country (@IowaXC_TF) March 12, 2021
12. Haack 4813 points
13. West 4591 points
Peyton Haack and Austin West finish their incredible indoor campaigns with second team All-American finishes!#FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/R2cdA56yLx
- Wayne Lawerence Jr. earned honorable mention All-American honors for his performance in the 400 meters.
- The Hawks will take a few weeks off before the outdoor season kicks off near the end of March. The schedule has yet to be announced by the Big Ten or NCAA.
- Iowa split their two games against Michigan over the weekend, falling short 1-0 on Friday before coming back to win 2-1 on Sunday.
- In Sunday's match, both teams scored in the second quarter and remained deadlocked throughout regulation and the overtime period. Iowa eventually prevailed in the shootout.
- The Hawks are now 5-1 on the year. They were rewarded for their strong start Tuesday morning when the first poll of the season had them ranked #3 nationally. Iowa has a strong tradition in Field Hockey and this team looks poised to be another in a long line of successful Hawkeye Field Hockey teams.
- The Women's Gymnastics team face Nebraska over the weekend where they (of course) set another season-high in a 196.825-196.100 victory. It's insane, but it's almost more of a surprise when this team doesn't break a record at a meet. Sunday's team score was also 4th highest in school history.
- Two Hawkeyes shared the event win on the bars, with Allyson Steffensmeier and Clair Kaji both earning 9.925s (6th best in school history). It was a career-best for Kaji and tied a career-best for Steffensmeier.
- Adeline Kenlin won the beam with a 9.975 score, tied for the highest in school history. Kenlin scored one ten in the event, an impressive feat in its own right.
- JerQuavia Henderson tied for first on the vault, scoring 9.900 as part of a team 49.225.
- On the floor, where the Hawks rank #5 in the country, the team posted a 49.450, fifth-best in school history (and only good enough for second-best this season in just another bonkers example of how good this team has been). Henderson secured her second event win of the day, while Clair Kaji and Lauren Guerin tied for second.
- Adeline Kenlin won the all-around in her event debut, scoring 39.500.
- Kenlin's awesome performance earned her Freshman of the Week from the Big Ten.
.— Iowa Gymnastics (@IowaGymnastics) March 15, 2021
Won the All-Around title in her four-event debut (39.500)
Tied a program-record 9.975 on Beam
Ranks #3in the B1G on Beam
Ranks #8 Nationally on Beam
: https://t.co/W4wIElmKNs @AdelineKenlin | #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/tBOAcWRIyM
- It's gotten hard to write about this squad because they are just SO. GOOD. every single week. They're taking turns breaking records and winning events. Seriously, go scroll through the team's Twitter feed from the weekend and see how many medal emojis and record-breaking highlights there are. This team is one of the best Iowa has ever had and they continue to get better and better each week. There are a lot of really good gymnastics programs across the country, but Iowa is making the case to be mentioned right up there with the best of them.
- The men's team also competed over the weekend, falling 406.100-395.750 to the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes. The Hawks came into the meet ranked #8 in the country.
- The Hawks won two different events, with Stewart Brown earning a title on the floor and Noah Scigliano winning on the Horizontal bars.
- Iowa scored a season-best 69.100 on the floor, with Brown setting a career-best with his 14.250.
- The Hawks set a season-high on the parallel bars, 66.500, led by Carter Tope's 13.800, which finished 2nd.
- Bennet Huang secured a season-high on the rings, 13.450, part of a team score of 65.750.
- Stewart Brown set another career-high on the pommel horse with a score of 12.250. Drew Helberg led the Hawks with a 13.100 in the event.
- Amari Sewell led the way for the Hawks on the vault, scoring 14.400 and earning 2nd place.
- Scigliano's win on the horizontal bars came as part of a team total of 62.850 in the event.
- The Hawks final home meet ever will be this weekend when they host Nebraska for Senior Day.
- Both the men's and women's tennis teams were in action over the weekend. The women's side lost two close matches 4-3 against Illinois and Northwestern, while the men split their two matches, besting Wisconsin 5-2 before falling 4-3 to Minnesota.
- Alexa Noel won both of her matches from the #1 spot over the weekend, improving her record on the season to 16-0. It's been an extraordinary start for the freshman who is now ranked inside the top 100 nationally.
- The women are back in action Friday against Wisconsin.
- The men got a strong performance from their supporting cast in the first match of the weekend against Wisconsin. They weren't able to win at the #1 doubles or singles spot, but still came away with a 5-2 overall win.
Highlights from yesterday's win. Back at it again Sunday! pic.twitter.com/0u4GwkCfuN— Iowa Men's Tennis (@IowaMensTennis) March 13, 2021
- Sunday's match against Minnesota was hard-fought, but Iowa came up just short, suffering their first loss of the year. Kareem Allaf (#39 nationally) was able to secure a win at the #1 spot, as were Joe Tyler at the #3 and Will Davies at the #4. Unfortunately, the Hawks were unable to secure any other points in singles and lost the doubles point. It's been a strong start to the season and Minnesota is a talented squad in their own right, so I fully expect the team to bounce back quickly when they face Michigan this weekend.
- The women's soccer team came up short against Maryland over the weekend, losing another heartbreak 1-0.
- It was more of the same for the Hawks, hanging tough on defense (even with two defenders missing due to injury), but not able to generate enough of an attack on offense. It's putting a ton of pressure on the backline to hold up for 90 minutes each match. Hopefully, we'll see the offense come around soon.
- The Hawkeyes fell to Maryland twice over the weekend, 3-1 Friday and 3-0 Saturday.
- It was a rough return to action after the week off. Iowa hung tough in the first set before losing the second decidedly. They showed some resilience to take the 3rd set and nearly stole the 4th as well, before finally losing 25-23. The 2nd set put the team in a hole that proved too deep to dig out of, but a young team fighting back instead of laying down is encouraging.
- Edina Schmidt had a strong match Friday, setting a career-high in digs, tying her career-high in aces and notching 19 kills.
- Saturday's match was less competitive. Iowa didn't get blown out, but Maryland won all three sets comfortably, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-20. Iowa is still lacking the consistency to beat teams in a conference as tough as the Big Ten and Friday and Saturday's disparate performances are a perfect example.
- Courtney Buzzerio continues to have an efficient and all-around productive season. She put up another double-double Saturday with 13 kills and 15 assists. Buzzerio has been the do-it-all leader for Iowa this season and she continues to produce week in and week out. Playing on the right side means she's asked not only to produce hitting and help with the setting responsibilities, but she's often tasked with defending the opposing team's top hitters on the outside and middle. It's a lot on one player's plate, but Buzzerio has been more than up to the task.
- The Hawkeyes face Nebraska this week, first on Wednesday (Iowa's first game on BTN) and then again on Saturday.
- The softball team had a productive week, sweeping the 3-game series against Penn St. before taking 2 of 3 from Maryland. The Hawks are now 7-5 on the season.
- The 3 game sweep of Penn St. featured two extra-inning victories. Freshman Grace Banes hit the walk-off single in the 12th to secure Iowa's second win of the day on Thursday and the Hawks scored two in the 8th on Friday to secure another extra-inning victory.
- Apparently taking a liking to this extra-inning thing, Iowa notched a third straight extra-inning win against Maryland Friday. Iowa scored the winning run on a double steal, which included Aralee Bogar stealing home. Iowa dropped the 2nd game of the doubleheader before coming back Saturday with yet another extra-inning victory. This time it was Lindy Milkowski who played hero, hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th to give the Hawks the walk-off win.
- Are extra-inning wins flukey? Yes. Are they also fun as hell? Definitely yes.