Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MAY 06, 2009 7:28 AM

Women hoopsters to face BC in Challenge

The Iowa women’s basketball team will face Boston College in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Dec. 2 as part of the third-annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

This marks the first time the Hawkeyes and Eagles have faced each other on the hardwood. Boston College is expected to have all five of its starters from the 2008-09 season returning from the squad that to the WNIT semifinals. Iowa is coming off its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Hawkeyes are 0-2 in the event. Iowa lost at home to Georgia Tech in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge during the 2007-08 season and last season lost to Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

“We are excited to host Boston College in the third Big Ten/ACC Challenge,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said in a statement. “They will be a tremendous opponent, and our fans will have the opportunity to see a great battle.”

— by Brendan Stiles

Men’s gymnasts honored

On May 3, the Iowa men’s gymnastics team held its annual Dr. C.E. Obermann Awards Banquet, where the squad recognized various individuals for its success.

The N.R. Holzaepfel Most Valuable Team Member Award was given to senior Geoff Reins. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native was one of the few constants for a young team that faced numerous cases of illness and injury throughout the season.

Reins delivered a memorable season that was highlighted by a Big Ten championship on vault as well as being named an All-American for the third time in his career following his second-place finish on the event in the NCAA finals. On March 2, he was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the second time in his career. Additionally, Reins’ 15.45 on the floor exercise at the NCAA qualifier was a school record.

Junior Reid Urbain earned the award for Best Work Ethic. Urbain’s season was highlighted by his 14.80 at Iowa’s home triangular against Nebraska and Minnesota. The mark was a Hawkeye record.

Other award winners included junior Jonathan Buese, who earned the Coaches’ Appreciation Award, and sophomore Ben Ketelsen was honored for having the Most Hit Routines at Big Ten and NCAA meets. Additionally, senior Diego Mercado-Austin was named to the 2008-09 Academic All-Big Ten team.

— by Jordan Garretson

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