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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MARCH 27, 2009 7:30 AM

46 academic All-Big Ten

The athletics department announced Thursday that 46 Hawkeye student-athletes were named academic All-Big Ten for the winter season.

The list consists of one men’s basketball player, two women’s basketball players, one men’s gymnast, eight women’s gymnasts, 11 men’s swimmers and divers, 14 women’s swimmers and divers, and nine wrestlers.

In order to be named academic All-Big Ten, the 46 Hawkeyes had to be letter winners, in at least their second year academically, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.

— by Brendan Stiles

Men’s track at Stanford

The Iowa men’s track and field team will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Invitational today and Saturday.

The Hawkeyes will compete outdoors for the first time this season after a noteworthy indoor season highlighted by senior John Hickey’s breaking the school shot-put record.

Hickey became the first Hawkeye two-time All-American in the shot put since Jeremy Allen did it in 2000 and 2001 by finishing ninth at the NCAA indoor championships in College Station, Texas, on March 13 with a throw of 60-33⁄4.

Junior middle-distance runner Adam Hairston said he looks forward to the change in pace from the indoor season.

“I think the indoor season … it goes by quicker because we’re on the road a lot,” he said. “For outdoor, toward the start [of the season] you might race one meet, and then you’ll have a week or so off.”

Competition is set to start at 12:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday at Stanford’s nationally acclaimed Cobb Track and Angell Field.

— by Zach Smith

Softball has 2 in Columbus

The Iowa softball team will begin Big Ten play with games Saturday and March 29 in Columbus against No. 15 Ohio State. Both games are scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Buckeyes (23-5, 2-0) are coming off a 4-0 victory on March 25 against North Carolina State. The Hawkeyes’ (26-6) last game was a 2-1 loss to Illinois State the same day. The loss to the Redbirds snapped a nine-game winning streak for Iowa.

Ohio State is lead offensively by Big Ten home-run leader Sam Marder, who has 12 homers on the season and a .395 batting average. She is second to Iowa’s Colleen McGlaughlin in the Big Ten with 29 RBIs and is tied for the league lead in walks with 18.

Iowa and Ohio State split two games last season in Columbus. The Hawkeyes lead the overall series 58-31.

— by Mike Slusark

Men’s tennis travels to Ohio St., Penn St.

After beginning its Big Ten season 2-0, the Iowa men’s tennis team will face two significant challenges in No. 6 Ohio State and Penn State this weekend. The Hawkeyes are set to play the Buckeyes, the reigning Big Ten champions, at 3 p.m. today in Columbus.

Last season, Ohio State had a 13-0 Big Ten season, and it has continued its domination this season. The Buckeyes and the Hawkeyes are tied for second in conference play at 2-0.

Iowa (10-2, 2-0) could be a tough opponent for both Ohio State today and Penn State on March 29. The Hawks thrive in doubles competition, and they have only lost the doubles point twice this season, to Arizona March 15 and Michigan State March 20. Iowa’s No. 3 doubles pair, junior Tommy McGeorge and freshman Will Vasos, have an undefeated record (12-0) and are ranked 15th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Midwest rankings.

Iowa is scheduled to face the Nittany Lions (8-7, 1-1) on outdoor courts at the Sarni Tennis Center at 10 a.m. March 29. The Hawkeyes are 10-10 all-time against Penn State, losing to the Nittany Lions, 6-1, last season.

— by Amie Kiehn

Women’s track at Stanford Invitational

The Stanford Invitational in California will serve as the starting line for the outdoor portion of the Iowa women’s track and field season.

Losing senior Racheal Marchand will be the biggest change for the team, but sophomore indoor All-American Karessa Farley and a host of other Hawkeyes will try to fill the gap.

Iowa ended the indoor season with a disappointing finish at the Big Ten championships, in Bloomington, Ind., but had a couple of bright spots in its two national-meet qualifiers, Farley and Marchand, who also earned All-America honors.

Events will begin at 12:30 p.m. today and run throughout the weekend at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

Men’s golf in Florida

The Iowa men’s golf team will compete in the first-ever Spring Break Championship this weekend, hosted by Florida Atlantic University. The 14-team, 54-hole competition is scheduled to take place at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla.

Teams are slated to play 18 holes today, Saturday, and March 29. The course is a par 71.
Iowa will enter the meet ranked No. 46 in the nation, and it will try to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing outcome. The Hawkeyes had a difficult time overcoming a troubling first-round performance and finished in 14th place at the 18-team EZ-GO Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Sophomore Brad Hopfinger led the team and tied for 11th at 216 (even).

This weekend’s Hawkeye lineup will consist of senior Cole Peevler, sophomores Vince India and Hopfinger, and freshmen Brad George and Barrett Kelpin.

The opposing squads include Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, and Ohio State.

— by Jordan Garretson


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