Sports Briefs


Men’s gymnasts selected for qualifier

The Iowa’s men’s gymnastics team was one of 12 squads selected on Tuesday by the NCAA men’s gymnastics committee to take part in the 2009 National Qualifier. The Hawkeyes’ qualifying score of 337.790 was 0.63 better than Navy’s to earn the 11th seed.

In addition to Iowa, the rest of the Big Ten — Illinois (No. 3), Michigan (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 6), Minnesota (No. 7), and Penn State (No. 8) — will also travel to Minneapolis on April 16 to participate.

“The Big Ten is very good this year,” Iowa head coach Tom Dunn said. “Other than Oklahoma, Stanford, and California, it’s pretty much the Big Ten.”

Held at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion, the competition is slated to include two pre-qualifying sessions composed of six teams each. Teams seeded 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 12 will compete in the first session starting at 1 p.m., while seeds 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, and 11th-seeded Iowa will compete beginning at 7 p.m.

“We’re going to go into the meet ranked near the bottom,” Dunn said. “I think it’s a good situation for a young team — not a lot of pressure to win the championship but just to do your best and move up the ladder a bit.”

— by Jordan Garretson

Women’s golf finishes 8th

The Iowa women’s golf team battled inconsistency on Tuesday at the Indiana University Invitational, finishing eighth overall with a 963 after shooting a 328 on the final 18 holes.

No. 31 UNLV shot 931 as a team to take home the championship in the 14-team field.

The Hawkeyes entered the day tied for third place after two rounds on Monday, but eight double bogies or worse outweighed the golfers’ four birdies.

The Hawkeyes didn’t have a golfer card in the 70s on Tuesday; they were led by senior Becky Quinby’s 81 (9 over). Quinby finished tied for 14th individually with a 237.

Fellow senior Tyrette Metzendorf struggled after two rounds in the 70s on Monday, shooting 83 and finishing tied for 18th with a 239.

Freshman Chelsea Harris tied for 27th after carding an 82 on Tuesday, giving her a 241 for the tournament.

Sophomore Laura Cilek tied for 58th after her third round score of 85, which put her a 252. Junior Alison Cavanaugh rounded out Iowa’s team card, tying for 64th after an 82 on Tuesday, giving her a 257.

Sophomore Lauren Forbes, who competed individually, tied for 70th after carding a third round 91. Forbes finished with a 260 overall.

— by Peter Gustin

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