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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MARCH 2, 2009 7:30 AM

Men’s gymnastics falls short

The Iowa’s men’s gymnastics squad failed to capture its first Big Ten victory of the season in its final opportunity on Feb. 28, falling to No. 5 Illinois on the road, 353.00-337.50. The Hawkeyes’ loss came despite their score improving over the 335.90 posted in their recent dual meet against Oklahoma.

Iowa senior Geoff Reins was once again the top performer for the Hawkeyes, finishing in first on both the vault and the floor exercise. Reins’ 16.05 on vault topped his previous mark this season of 15.95. Tying for second place on rings was junior Reid Urbain with 14.40. Sophomore Ben Ketelsen tied for second on vault with 15.70 in addition to a 13.90 on pommel horse that earned him fifth in the event. Junior Captain Jonathan Buese finished fourth on horizontal bar and tied for fifth on rings with 13.80 and 13.85, respectively.

The Hawkeyes’ next dual meet is against the U.S. Military Academy on March 14 at 5 p.m., in West Point, N.Y. It is their final competition until the Big Ten championships, April 3 and 4 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

— by Jordan Garretson

Men’s track wins some honors

Competing in the Big Ten indoor championships in State College, Pa., over this past weekend, a handful of Hawkeyes walked away with All-Big Ten honors, and the team finished ninth with 43 points.

John Hickey was one athlete to garner all-conference honors. Despite throwing yet another NCAA indoor championships qualifying throw of 60-5 3/4, the senior was unable to defend his Big Ten crown, finishing second to Minnesota’s Aaron Studt (62-11 1/4).

Paul Chaney Jr., also earned all-Big Ten honors, placing fifth in the 200-meters in 21.45 (a collegiate best). The multi-sport athlete also finished sixth in the 60 meters.

Junior Adam Hairston finished third in the 800-meters (1:51.34) repeating as an All-Big Ten finisher.

Senior Ryan Kelly added a fifth-place finish in the high jump, and freshman Patrick Richards placed fifth in the 400-meters.

The Hawkeyes have only one chance left to qualify for the NCAA indoor championships and will split athletes between a pair of meets. Iowa competitors will be headed to either the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., or the Iowa State Last Chance Meet in Ames. Both meets are scheduled for March 7.

— by Zach Smith

Men’s swimming finishes 9th

The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team finished ninth at the Big Ten championships in West Lafayette, Ind., over this past weekend. The Hawkeyes’ team score of 144 was down from last year’s 187, which also garnered a ninth-place finish.

Iowa was led throughout the three-day meet by Conor Dwyer’s three individual NCAA provisional qualifying times. The sophomore took home 12th in the 500 freestyle (4:22.35), fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:35.27), and 11th in the 100 freestyle (43.82). Dwyer broke a school record in the 100 free (43.67) in the preliminaries — a mark that Krzysztof Cwalina set in 1994.

Junior Mike Gilligan had a solid weekend for Iowa in the diving well, placing in all three diving events. Gilligan finished 11th on the platform, breaking his own school record (335.45) on Saturday. He also finished 15th on the 3-meter and 13th on the 1-meter. Junior Frank Van Dijkhuizen finished 12th on the 1-meter.

Iowa posted two provisional qualifying relay times over the weekend as well, taking fifth in the 400 freestyle relay and seventh in the 800 freestyle relay.

— by Jon Linder

Tour sets more marks

Another swimming race, another record.

Iowa sophomore Katarina Tour swam in the NCAA Last Chance Qualifying Meet in West Lafayette, Ind., this past weekend.

She competed in the 100 butterfly and broke a school record with a time of 54.61, knocking off the 2005 mark set by Kelly Werner (55.49). She also swam the 100 breaststroke and finished with a time of 1:02.64.

This marks the fifth time this season that Tour has broken a school record. During the Big Ten championships the weekend of Feb. 20-21, she set a school-record in the 200 individual medley (2:01.33) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.45), and she was a part of the school-record-breaking 200 medley (1:41.33) and 400 freestyle (3.21.27) relay teams.

Tour is hoping her times will be strong enough to allow her to qualify for the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships, March 19-21 in College Station, Texas.

— by Evelyn Lau

Men’s swimming finishes 9th

The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team finished ninth at the Big Ten championships in West Lafayette, Ind., over this past weekend. The Hawkeyes’ team score of 144 was down from last year’s 187, which also garnered a ninth-place finish.

Iowa was led throughout the three-day meet by Conor Dwyer’s three individual NCAA provisional qualifying times. The sophomore took home 12th in the 500 freestyle (4:22.35), fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:35.27), and 11th in the 100 freestyle (43.82). Dwyer broke a school record in the 100 free (43.67) in the preliminaries — a mark that Krzysztof Cwalina set in 1994.

Junior Mike Gilligan had a solid weekend for Iowa in the diving well, placing in all three diving events. Gilligan finished 11th on the platform, breaking his own school record (335.45) on Saturday. He also finished 15th on the 3-meter and 13th on the 1-meter. Junior Frank Van Dijkhuizen finished 12th on the 1-meter.

Iowa posted two provisional qualifying relay times over the weekend as well, taking fifth in the 400 freestyle relay and seventh in the 800 freestyle relay.

— by Jon Linder


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