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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | APRIL 06, 2009 7:30 AM

Men’s gymnastics finishes 6th

The Iowa men’s gymnastics team was unable to overcome a difficult conference field and placed sixth at the Big Ten championships on April 4. Iowa scored 337.75 as a team; Michigan and Illinois tied for first place at 357.10.

Senior Geoff Reins’ 16.25 on vault took home first-place honors, and his 15.15 on the floor exercise earned him sixth place. Junior captain Jonathan Buese finished fifth in the all-around, scoring 79.80.

“We had a couple of rough spots,” head coach Tom Dunn said. “But we always came through with at least four good routines on each event and did what we had to do. We were near our potential, but unfortunately we weren’t strong enough to be a little higher in the conference this year.”

Reins was the only Hawkeye to compete in the individual-event finals on April 5, but he did not disappoint Hawkeye fans. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native finished third on floor with a score of 14.925, and his vault score of 16.125 earned him a Big Ten championship as well as the distinction of All-Big Ten first team.

Iowa will conclude its season when it travels to Minneapolis for the NCAA championships on April 16-18.

— by Jordan Garretson

Baseball takes 1 of 3 against Purdue

The Iowa baseball team picked up just one win in its three-game series with Purdue over the weekend at Lambert Field in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Hawkeyes beat the Boilermakers, 15-7, on April 3 before dropping two-straight games in an April 4 double-header, 5-3 and 10-9, to stand 11-15 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten.

During the nightcap rubber match, Iowa faced an eight-run deficit through seven innings.

Attempting to make a comeback, the Hawkeyes plated six runs in the top of the eighth to make the score 10-8, but managed just one run in the top of the ninth.

Freshman catcher Dallas Burke led Iowa offensively, going 2-for-3, and senior shortstop Justin Toole stretched his hitting streak to 15 games.

“We need to find a way to win games like these,” Iowa head coach Jack Dahm said in a statement. “It’s a frustrating loss, but it comes down to our mental approach in the first seven innings, and I was very disappointed with that aspect of our play.”

— by Ryan Young

Women tracksters hit college bests

The Iowa women’s track and field team traveled to Auburn, Ala., this past weekend to compete at the Tiger Classic.

The meet was the official start to the outdoor season for the Hawkeyes, who had several athletes earn new collegiate bests.

Junior Hannah Roeder won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:40.86, a regional qualifying mark. Also competing well in the meet for the Hawkeyes was senior Jennie Docherty, who earned a collegiate bests in the 800 and 1,500 meters, placing eighth in both events.

Sophomore Tiffany Hendricks also earned a collegiate best time for Iowa in the 400 and 200 meters.

Next weekend, the team will be split among three meets: the Lee Calhoun Memorial in Macomb, Ill., the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, and the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

Rowers have some success in San Diego

The Iowa rowing team’s Varsity 4 and 8 boats competed in the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic over this past weekend. In the four heats Iowa raced in, the Hawkeyes finished fourth, third, and second twice.

The Hawkeyes beat No. 20 Notre Dame in their first heat of the weekend.

The meet featured some of the top competition from around the country and featured crews from all age levels.

Iowa’s four remaining boats competed against Wisconsin for the second time this season in Madison.
Next weekend, Iowa will travel to Belleville, Mich., to compete against Michigan and Michigan State.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

Women’s tennis drops two meets

The Iowa women’s tennis team lost road dual meets to Indiana and Illinois this past weekend, giving the team a five-meet losing streak.

The Hawkeyes (7-11, 2-5) were edged, 4-3, by the Hoosiers (11-7, 3-2) in Bloomington on April 4. Iowa’s No. 1 doubles team of Sonja Molnar and Jessica Young scored a 9-8 win, and the No. 2 team of Alexis Dorr and Kelcie Klockenga won, 8-5, to earn Iowa its first doubles point in more than a month. But the Hawkeyes couldn’t come up with the three singles matches needed to win the meet. Molnar, ranked No. 87 nationally, captured a 6-3, 6-0 win in the No. 1 match, and Alexis Dorr netted a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at the 2 spot.

On Sunday, the Fighting Illini (14-4, 5-1) took out Iowa, 5-2, in Champaign. The Hawkeyes dropped all three doubles matches. In singles, Molnar demolished Illinois’ Leigh Finnegan (6-1, 6-0), and Klockenga defeated her opponent (7-6, 6-4).

Iowa will return home on Saturday to face Wisconsin at 11 a.m. The Hawkeyes will then go for the ultimate upset on Easter Sunday when they host No. 1 Northwestern.

— by Robbie Lehman

Women golfers swinging in Indiana

The Iowa women’s golf team will play the first two rounds of the two-day Indiana University Invitational today at Otter Creek Gold Club in Columbus, Ind.

The 15-team tournament field includes six Big Ten teams, and it will be the Hawkeyes’ third tournament of the spring season.

For Iowa, the team will include seniors Tyrette Metzendorf and Becky Quinby, junior Alison Cavanaugh, and sophomores Laura Cilek and Lauren Forbes. Freshman Chelsea Harris will participate as an individual competitor.

The Hawkeyes are coming off a season-best sixth-place finish at the Baylor Spring Invitational on March 17.

Following the tournament, Metzendorf and Quinby received a co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor.

Each golfer finished the tournament tied for 10th individually after carding a 231.

“I feel like we are getting close,” Iowa head coach Kelly Crawford said in a press release. “Our goal will be to play solid golf and to keep our scores consistent.”

Iowa will play the third and final round of the tournament Tuesday.

— by Peter Gustin

Men tracksters hit some qualifying marks

The Iowa men’s track and field team got an ideal start to the outdoor season when it competed in the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala., over this past weekend.

A trio of Hawkeye throwers hit NCAA regional-qualifying marks. Senior John Hickey was the top collegiate finisher in the shot put with a throw of 60.04 feet, and redshirt freshman Nick Brayton added a throw of 173.29 feet in the discus — good for fifth place.

Junior Zach Schimp added a throw of 206.3 feet in the javelin, which earned him second place.
Ray Varner set regional qualifying marks as an individual in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third in 51.82, and as part of the Hawkeyes’ 1,600-meter relay team with Steven Willey, Patrick Richards and Chris Barton (fifth, 3:09.70).

Junior Adam Hairston opened his outdoor season on the right note, winning the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.56.

“It was a good meet,” Iowa head coach Larry Wieczorek said. “It was excellent weather, a good meet, and a good start to our outdoor season.”

— by Zach Smith


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