Olympic Sports Roundup: 2/23

By erut17 on February 23, 2022 at 8:09 pm
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A brief stint on the Covid list knocked me out of commission for part of last week and after only a few days, I feel like I missed a ton of Hawkeye sports. Luckily, I'm on the mend, and the Hawkeyes are continuing their strong season. Not to mention, the softball and baseball squads kicked off their respective seasons with a bang. 

It's like I never even left. Let's jump right in.

Track and Field

  • The Hawkeye track and field team wrapped their regular season competing in the Badger St. Valentine's Invitational and the Alex Wilson Invitational last weekend.
  • The throwers kicked off the weekend by continuing to rewrite the Iowa record books. Nicole Berry's 16.02m shot put throw earned her 4th all-time in school history and Sean Smith moved to 5th all-time in the weight throw with his 20.50m toss. Berry and Smith, as well as Nia Britt in the women's weight throw, finished 2nd in their respective events.
  • The runners held up their end of the bargain as well, running personal bests and notching another top-10 time. Miya Brines won the 60m hurdles with a personal best 8.43 (9th all-time at Iowa), while Hawkeyes claimed the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots in the race as well. Austin Kresley won the 200m race (21.41) and finished 2nd in the 60m and Wayne Lawerence Jr. finished 2nd in the 200 and won the 400m race (46.91).
  • The Hawkeyes are now ranked #8 nationally and continue to be ranked #1 in the 400m. 
  • Iowa has had a wildly successful regular season and the indoor championships offer them a marquee opportunity to turn a successful season into a historic one. Don't be shocked if we're talking about a few individual conference champions in a couple of weeks' time.

Gymnastics

  • The Iowa gymnastics squad took part in the Big Ten's Big Five meet last weekend, and while the team performance was a bit disappointing, there were multiple individual performances worth getting excited about. 
  • Overall, the team finished fourth, but JerQuavia Henderson put on a stellar performance, claiming third in the all-around. She tied for 2nd on the floor and led the team on the vault, and the beam.  Adeline Kenlin and Kareena Mcsweeny both set season-highs on the bars as well.
  • Iowa went up against some of the best schools in the nation, including #1 Michigan, and held their own, even on a tough day. The Hawks will be disappointed in their results, but it was a great opportunity to dip their toes into a highly competitive group meet with a setup similar to their upcoming postseason meets. 
  • The Hawkeyes' consistent performances throughout the year has earned them some national recognition, with Lauren Guerin earning the #4 national ranking on the floor and JerQuavia Henderson earning the #2 spot nationally on the floor. The team now ranks #13 in the country. 

 

  • Iowa will be back in action next weekend against Minnesota. The Big Ten Championships are scheduled for March 19th.

Baseball

  • The Iowa baseball team got their season started last weekend, winning all three of their games over the weekend. 
  • The season started with a bang as the Hawkeyes thrashed Air Force 12-2. Adam Mazur gave up one run over six innings, at one point retired 16 batters in a row, and racked up 9 strikeouts. The pitching staff gave up only one hit on the day. Peyton Williams led a lively group of bats, going 4/5 and driving in three runs.
  • The bats stayed hot for the Hawks' next game against Ball St. and the team earned an 11-1 victory. Again it was a well-rounded effort with the pitchers surrendering only two hits and striking out 20, while the bats continued to rake. Brody Brecht, a freshman who can hit 100 mph (and oh by the way, also is on a football scholarship), picked up the win in his Hawkeye debut. Keaton Anthony led the team at the plate, going 4/4 with two home runs.
  • Iowa's offense cooled off a bit on Sunday, but still had more than enough to earn the win against Bucknell, beating them 3-0. Again the pitching staff was dominant, giving up just three hits and shutting out Bucknell. Sam Hojnar had a strong day at the plate, going 3/4 with a double and a run scored.
  • The Iowa baseball team has high expectations coming into the season as they look to compete for a conference championship. It was only the opening weekend, but they passed the first test with flying colors. If you were excited about the season, this weekend is only going to add fuel to the fire. If you weren't, well this is your warning. Don't miss the boat on what's sure to be a fun season.

Softball

  • Iowa softball took part in the Torero Classic last week, going 3-2 on the weekend.
  • The Hawks started the weekend with a doubleheader against South Dakota State and DePaul. Iowa scored a run in both the 6th and 7th against South Dakota State, the latter proving pivotal as the Jackrabbits fought back to score a run in the bottom of the 7th before Iowa was able to put them away. Unfortunately, any momentum from the 2-1 win was quickly erased in Game 2. DePaul scored early and often against Iowa, including an 8-run 5th inning, en route to a 13-0 shoutout win. Iowa had a few opportunities to plate runs, but it was a dud overall and Iowa quickly flushed the result to prepare for Saturday.
  • Saturday was a better day for the Hawkeyes. They started the day with a 7-0 shutout of UC Riverside. Senior Breanna Vasquez struck out 13 and Iowa notched 12 hits in a game that was never in doubt. This time, Iowa was able to carry their momentum into their second game of the day, besting San Diego 3-1 to go 2-0 on the day. Against San Diego, the Hawks fell behind in the first inning but battled back, plating runs in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings to earn the victory. Nia Carter went 2/3 at the plate to continue her strong weekend and Grace Barnes and Amber Desena each drove in a run.
  • Iowa finished the weekend against Oregon State, falling 7-2 to the Beavers. It was a sloppy game for the Hawkeyes, who committed six errors in the game.
  • The weekend brings Iowa's record to 6-3 on the year. They'll next be in action 2/25 against North Florida and Notre Dame.

 

Tennis

  • The Iowa tennis team took on Iowa State last week but came up short against the Cyclones. 
  • Iowa put up a good fight throughout the match but wasn't able to secure any team points. The Hawks were up on multiple courts that didn't finish, due to Iowa State clinching the win.
  • Star Hawkeye Alexa Noel continues to rehab from her preseason injury and her return will no doubt put a charge into the Iowa squad. Hopefully, she'll make it back in time to compete in the postseason tournaments.
  • The Hawkeyes are next set to compete on 2/25 against Denver and on 2/27 against Colorado.

Swimming and Diving

  • Hawkeye Swimming and Diving took part in the Big Ten Championships last weekend, placing two competitors in the finals.
  • Aleksandra Olesia earned a spot in the C final of the 100m breaststroke, where she finished in 1:04 and earned 24th place. 
  • Sarah Ballard qualified for the consolation final in the 3-meter springboard and scored 245.60 in the finals event.
  • Iowa added a smattering of personal bests throughout the weekend as well. It continues to be a rebuilding year in the pool for the Hawks, but individual improvement is the first step to reaching competitive levels with the rest of the conference. They may still be a season or two away, but there is definite progress being made.
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