In case you missed it, the Iowa women's soccer team completed a Cinderella run for the ages last weekend, winning the Big Ten Conference Championship after finishing 12th in the regular season. It was an insane, amazing run that we talked about here, but they deserve at least one more shout-out. Congrats to the entire team and Coach Dianni. The team has a much-needed breather before their first NCAA tournament game April 27 against the Campbell Fightin' Camels (Yes, that's their real mascot and, yes, it is the best mascot in college sports).
Here's to even more Iowa championships in the next few weeks.
- The Iowa men's gymnastics team finished 5th in their final team meet in their NCAA qualifier last week. Iowa posted a 401.120, but it wasn't enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Hawkeyes put up a valiant effort and achieved extraordinary things throughout their final season. It's unfortunate that the program will no longer compete after this season, but this team left us with some amazing final memories.
- Even though the team didn't qualify for the championships, six different Hawkeyes qualified for individual events.
- Bennet Huang and Evan Davis both qualified in the All-Around and both earned All-American efforts for their championship performance. Huang finished 7th in the event, scoring 81.465, while Davis finished 5th with an 81.931. Congratulations to both All-American Hawkeyes. What a way to close out your time as a Hawk.
- James Friedman competed in the championships on the rings, where he finished 27th, scoring 13.466. Peyton Hobson also competed on rings and finished 37th with a 12.700.
- Amari Sewell competed on the vault where he finished tied for 19th, posting a 14.266.
- Carter Tope competed on the parallel bars and scored 13.333, finishing 22nd.
- The Hawkeye Field Hockey team dropped a pair of tough matches to Northwestern last week, falling 2-1 and 1-0.
- The Wildcats came into the weekend ranked 8th in the country, a number that will surely go up after 2 wins over the #2 team in the country.
- In Thursday's match, Iowa struck first in the 2nd quarter, but Northwestern found an equalizer just before half. Northwestern scored early in the second half to take a 2-1 lead it would never relinquish. Iowa scored a would-be goal in the 4th quarter, but it was overturned after review and the Wildcats took the win.
- Saturday's game was a defensive struggle, but Northwestern was able to score the lone goal late in the third quarter. Iowa again pushed hard for an equalizer in the 4th quarter, but was unable to find the net.
- The losses leave a bit of a sour taste in the Hawkeyes' mouth right before conference tournament time, but this is still one of the best field hockey programs in the nation and you can bet on them bouncing back strong in the conference tournament.
- If the final two matches left a bad taste in their mouth, the team got a nice palette cleanser over the weekend when Junior Anthe Nijziel was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. Nijziel was also named to the All-Big Ten 1st team along with Ellie Holley. Maddy Murphy was named to the All-Big Ten 2nd team.
- As if that wasn't enough, Coach Lisa Celluci was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
- Congrats to all of the award winners. We can't wait to see what you achieve during the conference tournament, which starts Wednesday afternoon.
Track and Field
- The Iowa Track and Field team competed at the BIG Texas Invitational last week, where they had 6 champions.
- Serena Brown won the women's discus event on Day 1, one of seven Hawkeyes who finished on the podium the first day.
On Day 2, five different gold medals were awarded to the Hawks.
- Jenny Kimbro won the women's heptathlon
- James Carter Jr. won the men's triple jump with a career-best 16.53-meter jump
- Mallory King won the women's 800-meter race in 2:08.71
- The men's and women's 4x400 meter teams both won gold to close out the meet
- In addition to the medals, Iowa posted 8 scores that ranked in the top 10 all-time in school history. The gold medals continue to pile up for the Hawks, as do the podium finishes, top 10 performances, and career-bests. This team is going to have some standout performances in the postseason and are going to continue to be major competitors for years to come. Coach Woody has this program clicking.
- The Iowa Women's Tennis team completed their regular season with a win over Nebraska last weekend, besting the #44 Huskers 4-1.
- Alexa Noel, now ranked #13, continued her undefeated season on the #1 court, while Iowa also picked up wins on the #2 and #3 courts, as well as the doubles point. Noel's win earned her yet another Big Ten Player of the Week honor.
- Iowa finishes the regular season with a 12-4 record in conference. They'll compete in the conference tournament as the #4 seed starting April 29th in Madison.
- The men's tennis team won a tight match against Wisconsin, 4-3, in what turned out to be their final match of the season after their match against Minnesota was postponed.
- Iowa got points from the top four singles courts, including another win to add to Kareem Allaf's school-record total, to take the match.
- There is still a chance that the Minnesota match will be rescheduled, but if not, Iowa will next compete at the conference tournament on April 29th in Lincoln.
- The Iowa Men's Golf team won the Hawkeye Invitational over the weekend, beating Kansas by five strokes. The Hawks posted a 54-hole score of -24 (840) at the event.
- Alex Schaake and Mac McClear finished first and second at the event. Schaake claimed the title with a -12 (204), while McClear scored a -10 (206). Gonzalo Leal Montero finished 4th at the event, shooting a -7 (209).
- The women's team competed at the Indiana Invitational over the weekend, finishing 14th with a +53 (917).
- The Hawkeyes' highest finisher was Lea Zeitler, who shot a +11 (227) and finished tied for 42nd.
- Iowa Softball had a tough weekend against Northwestern last week, dropping three of four to the Cats.
- In the first game of the series, Northwestern's Danielle Williams pitched a perfect game en route to a 7-0 win.
- Iowa rebounded strongly to start game two and took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, led by Marissa Peek's 3-RBI double. Unfortunately, the team was unable to hold the lead, ultimately giving up five runs in the 6th to lose 9-7.
- Iowa fell behind early in game three and was down 7-0 in the 6th, but fought to the end, putting up four runs in the final inning before falling 7-4.
- The weekend ended on a high note, with the Hawks taking the final game 5-2, on the back of Lindy Milkowski's first-inning grand slam.