Olympic Sports Roundup: 1/19

By erut17 on January 19, 2022 at 12:07 pm
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The 2020-21 season was one of the best athletic years in Iowa history. Extraordinary performances across the athletic department led to broken records, postseason awards, and added expectations.

Success in college sports can be fickle, but if the start of the winter season is any indication, the Hawkeyes are not only meeting expectations but setting up to exceed them. Let's dive in.

Gymnastics

  • The Iowa gymnastics team competed in two meets last week. On Friday, they took on Texas Women's University, posting a season-high 196.125 and taking home the win.
  • Iowa won all four events and the all-around title at the meet. JerQuavia Henderson (9.900) won the floor event and shared the vault title with fellow Hawkeye Adeline Kenlin (9.850). Clair Kaji (9.900) won on the beam and Allyson Steffensmeier (9.875) earned the top spot on bars. Kenlin (38.800) claimed the all-around title for the Hawks.
  • On Monday afternoon, the Hawks traveled to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota and UCLA. Iowa's planned meet against Georgia had been postponed and the Gophers invited the Hawkeyes to crash their dual meet on short notice. Minnesota and UCLA are perennial gymnastics powers so the Hawks had their work out for them, but Iowa took full advantage, posting a 195.950 and finishing second behind Minnesota.
  • Hawkeye Lauren Guerin was a co-champion on the floor, scoring 9.925. Iowa earned five other top-three finishes and set season highs on the Beam. 
  • Eight Hawkeyes tied or set new season highs at the meet. The team is showing they can compete with the best in the country from the jump. The group is well-rounded and racking up wins in every event and receiving contributions from a different gymnast every night. They're going to be a fun team to watch as they continue to improve throughout the season.
  • Iowa will next compete on Saturday against Michigan State.

Tennis

  • The Iowa tennis team was missing All-American Alexa Noel due to injury, but that didn't stop them from notching two wins last week, besting Marquette and Drake with matching 6-1 scores.
  • Iowa claimed the doubles point against both opponents, as well as winning on the #1 court in both singles matches.
  • Marisa Schmidt, Michelle Bacalla, Vipasha Mehra, and Barbara Pokorna earned points in both matches, while Samantha Mannix and Samantha Gillas each earned a point on the day.
  • Iowa's next match is scheduled for Friday against Missouri.

Track & Field

  • Iowa competed in the Hawkeye Invitational last weekend, posting eleven top-ten program marks. including Tyler Lienau's program-record 21.38m weight throw.
  • Other standout performances from the weekend include Kat Moody's 16.32m shot put, 3rd all-time at Iowa, and Myreanna Bebe's 8.30 60-meter hurdle time, which was 4th-best in Iowa history.
  • Both the Men's and Women's 4x400 relay teams set meet records, as did Lienau in the weight throw, James Carter Jr. and Kayla Hutchins in the triple jump, and Kalen Walker in the 60-meter race.
  • Iowa is next scheduled to compete in the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on January 21st.

Swimming and Diving

  • Iowa swimming and diving traveled to Champaign took on Illinois last week, falling 204-87.
  • The Hawks won five different events at the meet. Anna Brooker won the 1,000-meter free and Kennedy Gilbertson won the 100-back and the 100-free events on the swimming side, while Sarah Ballard took first place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive competitions.
  • There will likely be some growing pains for a Hawkeye swimming team that was brought back from the chopping block midway through last year. Seeing them claim a few event titles as they ramp the program back up is a good sign of things to come. 
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