Olympic Sports Roundup: 1/11

By erut17 on January 12, 2022 at 8:49 am
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Brian Ray (Hawkeye Sports) / @IowaGymnastics (Twitter)
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The calm before the storm is finally nearing its end. After a quiet few weeks for Iowa athletics, the winter sports are set to start their seasons over the next week. Some of Iowa's most successful teams are about to take the floor and show us again why it's great to be a Hawkeye fan.

Let's take a look at where things stand for Iowa's winter teams.

Gymnastics

  • The Iowa gymnastics squad kicked off their season, fresh off last year's Big Ten Regular Season Championship, with a 195.950 - 194.100 win over Eastern Michigan.
  • Junior JerQuavia Henderson had an extraordinary start to her year, notching event wins in the vault and floor with matching 9.925 scores. Alex Greenwald won the bars event, scoring 9.900, and Adeline Kenlin won the beam with a 9.925.
  • JerQuavia Henderson's awesome day earned her Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honors.
  • The Hawks are ranked 9th in this week's poll and will next compete on 1/14 against Texas Women's University.

Track & Field

  • The Iowa Track & Field squad is back in action next week, defending their indoor conference title and back-to-back outdoor conference titles on the men's side.
  • Jamal Britt returns after a monster 2021 campaign that saw him finish 2nd in the nation in the 60-meter hurdles. Wayne Lawerence returns as well after earning All-America honors last year.
  • James Carter will look to build on an impressive 2021 season in the long jump that saw him win the Big Ten conference title. Multi-eventers Peyton Haack and Austin West are back as well after qualifying for the NCAA meet last season.
  • On the women's side, two-time All-American Mallory King is back after her 11th place finish at last year's NCAA championships, as is Big Ten champion in the 60-meter hurdles Paige Magee.
  • The Hawks kick off the indoor season this weekend with the Hawkeye Invitational

Tennis

  • Iowa tennis will be back on the court this weekend as well, led by now-sophomore Alexa Noel. Noel put together a historic freshman season for the Hawkeyes, going 24-0 in singles and earning All-Conference and All-American honors. 
  • Noel was ranked #3 in the preseason national rankings and scored wins against both the #1 and #2 ranked players during fall competition. This is your warning, Noel's season is going to be spectacular.

 

Odds & Ends

  • Iowa swimming and diving will be back in the pool January 15th as they continue their conference season against Illinois.
  • Iowa softball is beginning its spring practices in preparation for its winter contests, which begin February 11th against Merrimack in Florida.
  • The Iowa baseball team is in a similar position, gearing up for their first game of the season on February 18th against Air Force in South Carolina.
  • Iowa volleyball has a new head coach in former Tulane coach Jim Barnes. We talked a bit about the hire and expectations here.
  • Iowa soccer picked up a new transfer last week in former All-Big East Forward Anastasia Savich. Savich joins the Hawkeyes as a grad transfer from Butler.

 

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