Sports Briefs


Rowers face Michigan, Michigan St.

The Iowa rowing team will compete against the best the state of Michigan has to offer this weekend in a three-team meet with No. 15 Michigan and No. 7 Michigan State in Belleville, Mich.

After facing stiff competition last week at the San Diego Crew Classic, the Hawkeyes will be ready for a tough weekend with the Wolverines and Spartans.

Last week, the varsity 8 boat and second varsity 8 boat that went to San Diego competed well but failed to make the finals by just one place on April 4.

The rest of the team spent the weekend in Madison, Wis., scrimmaging against Wisconsin for the second time this season.

The Hawkeyes will look to parlay the experience they gained at the scrimmage into a good showing in Belleville.

Iowa will not compete again until May 2, at the Big Ten championships in Columbus, Ohio.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

Women tracksters to split 3 ways

This weekend, the Iowa women’s track and field team will split up its squad, sending athletes to compete in the Mesa Classic in Mesa, Ariz., the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and the Lee Calhoun Memorial in Macomb, Ill.

After a solid meet last week in which junior Hannah Roeder won the steeplechase to earn a regional qualifying time of 10:40.86, the team is looking to build on that and have a good showing in the beginning of their second half of their season.

The meets this weekend will serve as the second competition of the weekend of the outdoor season for the Hawkeyes.

Next week, Iowa will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

Men to hit 3 meets also

The Iowa men’s track and field team will send competitors to one of three meets this weekend.

Team members will compete at the Mesa Classic in Mesa, Ariz., today. Other team members will compete at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., today and Saturday or the Lee Calhoun Memorial in Macomb, Ill., today and Saturday.

Events at the Sun Angel Classic are set to get under way at 10 a.m. and 8 a.m. Saturday at Arizona State University’s Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium.

Competition for the Lee Calhoun Memorial is set to start at 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday at Western Illinois University’s Hanson Field. The Mesa Classic will be held at Mesa Community College’s Riggs Stadium.

— by Zach Smith

Men’s golf back in the swing

The Iowa men’s golf team will return to action Saturday for the first time since March 29 at the Spring Break Championship. Iowa will try to improve on its eighth-place finish from the event in Delray Beach, Fla., in Columbus, Ohio, and the Robert Kepler Invitational.

The Hawkeyes will send senior Cole Peevler, sophomores Vince India and Brad Hopfinger, and freshmen Brad George and Barrett Kelpin to compete in this weekend’s action. Peevler was Iowa’s top performer at the Spring Break Championship, posting a 218 (5 over) in 54 holes of play. He finished in a tie for 14th place.

“I don’t feel like we need to get better,” Iowa head coach Mark Hankins said. “I feel like we need to be prepared, and I think this week will be the first time we’ve really been prepared for an event this spring, so we’re excited about that.”

The 14-team field includes host Ohio State and boasts four other Big Ten foes in Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

Saturday’s 36-hole first round of golf is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club. For live scoring updates, go to www.golfstatresults.com.

— by Jordan Garretson

Men’s tennis travels to Wisconsin, Northwestern

The Iowa men’s tennis team will face stiff opponents when the Hawkeyes travel to play No. 29 Wisconsin on Saturday and Northwestern on April 12. Both games are scheduled for noon.

Wisconsin’s strength at home has been hard to overcome in previous meetings for the Hawkeyes, and the Badgers defeated Iowa, 6-1, in Madison last year. Wisconsin’s record all-time against Iowa is 60-31-2, 31-11-1 at home.

However, Saturday’s meeting both teams will be on level playing field — they are part of five-way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten, with Northwestern, Penn State, and Indiana.

Northwestern outlasted the Badgers April 4, winning 4-3. Last season, the Hawkeyes were victorious against the Wildcats in Evanston, 6-1.

— by Amie Kiehn

Softball heads to Purdue

This weekend, the Iowa softball team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face a tough Big Ten opponent in Purdue for games on Saturday and April 12.

Purdue (18-12, 3-3) is led by one of the top offensive players in the Big Ten, third baseman Liane Horiuchi, who leads the Big Ten in steals.

The Hawkeyes made easy work of Western Illinois on Wednesday, defeating the Westerwinds, 9-1, in six innings in Macomb, Ill. With the win, Iowa now sits at 31-9 overall, 3-3 in the Big Ten.

Iowa second baseman Chelsey Carmody was 3-for-4 against Western Illinois with two doubles and four RBIs. She is now hitting .352.

Carmody had the first of three-consecutive doubles in a four-run third inning for the Hawkeyes.

Freshman Liz Watkins and junior Katie Brown followed suit to give Iowa a 4-0 lead. Senior pitcher Brittany Weil added to her strikeout record with six more Ks and held opposing batters to two hits in the game.

The Hawkeyes and Boilermakers face off at 1 p.m. in both games.

— by Mike Slusark

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