Olympic Sports Roundup: 2/10

By erut17 on February 10, 2022 at 8:00 am
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Track & field, gymnastics, and even golf are rare sports where the performance is almost entirely individual, even though the athletes compete as a team. The competition is as much against themselves and their own goals as it is against their teammates or opponents. 

It's part of what's made the last few seasons for the Iowa track and gymnastics teams so impressive. Both teams are improving as a whole, driven by consistent individual improvements. Each team is getting buy-in from every single athlete, pushing themselves to be at their best and feeding off of their teammates looking to do the same. 

It's a unique relationship and it takes a special group to excel. If this week is any indication, Hawkeye sports have exactly the right group.

Let's take a look.

 

Track and Field

  • The Iowa track and field team competed in the Meyo Invitational last weekend, racking up another set of Top-10 marks in Iowa history.
  • Day one was headlined by freshman Jenoah McKiver breaking his own school record in the 600m, running a 1:15.36, the 6th best time in collegiate history. The Hawkeyes had the top 7 finishers in the 600m race, with Tyler Olson (1:16.70), and Julien Gilum (1:17.02) both setting Top-10 marks in school history as well. OIson's time was 4th fastest ever at Iowa and Gilum posted the 5th fastest time in Iowa history. Tyler Lineau also reset his own Iowa record in the weight throw with a 22.20m toss.
  • Day Two was more of the same for the Hawkeyes, setting five more Top-10 marks. Nikolas Curtiss broke the school record in the shot put, throwing 19.29m and winning the event. His throw is 15th in the country this year. Chadrick Richards won the men's 400m in 46.47, 6th all-time for Iowa, and Tesa Roberts won the women's 400m with the 10th fastest time in Iowa history (54.48). In the 800, Mallory King and Clare Pitcher set Top-10 times for Iowa, posting the 3rd and 6th best times ever for a Hawkeye.
  • Both the men's and women's 4x400 teams won their event as well, with the men's side setting the 6th-best time in school history (3:05.83).
  • The Hawkeyes now rank #8 overall in the country and #1(!) in the 400m event. The group has been steadily climbing in the rankings and is standing out on a national level in both the 400m and 600m events. Expectations are high coming off a conference championship, but this group has the right combination of stars and depth to meet and even exceed anything put in front of them.
  • Iowa is next scheduled to compete next weekend at both Iowa State and Arkansas.
     

Gymnastics

  • Iowa gymnastics celebrated Senior Day last weekend, taking down Penn State, 196.125-195.325 and setting the school record in the floor routine.
  • Floor has been a highlight for the Hawks for a few seasons now and these seniors didn't miss the opportunity to put on one final show in Carver-Hawkeye. Lauren Guerin and JerQuavia Henderson each scored 9.975s, tying for first in the event as part of a team total of 49.650. Guerin and Henderson's scores are also tied for the best score in school history.
  • Linda Zivat took home the title on the vault with a 9.875 and Henderson notched two other event wins on the beam (9.850) and in the all-around (39.425). 

 

 

  • This team is an experienced group and it showed last weekend, as they erased a .600 point deficit heading into the finale on the floor. The group is breaking some of the records they set during their conference championship season of 2020-21, which should only be an indicator of the ceiling for this group. They're very experienced and seeing contributions from veterans and newcomers alike. It's a fun group, full of energy, and will no doubt be making noise in the postseason.
  • The Hawks are back in action next week at Rutgers.

Golf

  • The men's golf team took part in the Big Ten Match Play Tournament last week, finishing 3rd on the back of a weekend's worth of strong performances.
  • Iowa went 2-0 on Day 1, beating Minnesota 4-1 and upsetting the #2 seed Northwestern Wildcats 3-2.  All five Hawks won a match on Day 1, Mac McClear and Callum Macfie picking up wins in both matches. Macfie secured the win for the Hawkeyes over Northwestern on the 18th hole to propel Iowa into the Semifinals. 
  • Iowa lost its semifinal match against Michigan State to start Day 2, but rallied to beat Purdue and finish the event in 3rd place.  Garret Tighe won both of his Day 2 matches, earning a 3-1 record for the weekend. Mac McClear picked up a win on Day 2 as well to finish 3-1 at the event.
  • The Hawkeyes will be back in action next week when they travel to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic.
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