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While we were away

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 21, 2014 5:00 AM

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Women’s swimming and diving

The Iowa women’s swimming and diving tem won twice and lost once in a four-team dual on Jan. 18 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

The Hawkeyes went head-to-head with Illinois and Indiana and beat the Illini, 198-101, before dropping a dual against the No. 11 Hoosiers, 170-126. Iowa also faced Missouri in the meet, defeating the Tigers, 164-135.

Junior Becky Stoughton was a bright spot for the Hawks, placing in the top-three four times. She finished second in the 500 free, 1,000 free, and 200 fly before helping her 400-free relay team to third place. In addition, her time in the 1,000 free (9:57.59) is a season best.

Upperclassmen dominated the meet; senior Haley Gordon placed second in the 100 fly (56.29) and third in the 200 fly (2:04.97). She grabbed another top-three finish when the 200-medley relay made up of her, seniors Lindsay Seemann and Elise Borja, and freshman Emma Sougstad finished third.

Senior Emily Hovren also tallied a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:05.07. She was the only swimmer besides Stoughton and Gordon to place in the top-two.

The divers on the team also had a strong outing, led by redshirt junior Abby Grilli, who placed second in the two events. In the 1-meter, she finished with a score of 286.70 and tallied 303.65 in the 3-meter. Grilli continues a strong season in which she has placed highly in every event.

Iowa will resume competition in Evanston, Ill., against Northwestern on Saturday. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Norris Aquatics Center.

— by Jordan Hansen

Men’s swimming and diving

The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team was hard at work over winter break.

After finishing out the fall semester on a high note with a strong showing at the annual Hawkeye Invitational, the Black and Gold were back at it again shortly before the New Year, traveling to San Diego for the annual winter-training trip.

The six-day affair saw that Hawkeyes train twice a day at an outside pool at California-San Diego. With no classes to worry about, the Hawks were able to focus on preparing themselves for the upcoming championship season.

“It’s a set that is difficult to do back home, but because we had unlimited time, great pool access, and a focused team, we were able to have meet-style energy during practice,” senior Gianni Sesto said in a release.

The Hawkeyes also took to the nearby beaches of Torrey Pines, where they competed in several intrasquad competitions designed to help them grow and bond.

Once the team’s six-day trip was completed, the Hawkeyes returned to Iowa City to prepare for their meet against Missouri and Indiana on Jan. 18.

The No. 21 Hawkeyes dropped both meets, falling to No. 7 Missouri, 168-131, and No. 16 Indiana 195-102. Sophomore Roman Trussov posted the lone Iowa victory of the day, a 54:52 finish in the men’s 100 breast. It was his second NCAA “B” cut time of the afternoon.

Iowa will return to action Saturday when it travels to Evanston to take on Northwestern.

— by Ryan Rodriguez

Women’s gymnastics

The Iowa women’s gymnastics team opened its home season against Utah State on Jan. 11 with a disappointing loss to the Aggies (191.75-191.65). The GymHawks suffered a 0.30 deduction from their score after a failed video review.

“I’m not overly pleased,” Larissa Libby said in a release. “It’s definitely not where I had hoped we would start. We’ve got a long way to go."

Freshman Angel Metcalf led the way for the Hawkeyes, winning the beam (9.775), the bars (9.800), and the all-around (38.975).

On Jan. 17, the GymHawks lost their road opener to Ball State, 189.975-188.875.

Metcalf had another strong performance for the Hawkeyes, capturing her second-consecutive all-around title (38.650).

The GymHawks hit the road again on Monday to face No. 6 Georgia in Athens, Ga.

The Hawkeyes put forth a strong effort but fell to the Bulldogs, 197.400-194.675.

Metcalf, along with freshman all-around teammate Amanda Kowalski, helped pace the Hawkeyes in the beam and the vault.

Junior Sydney Hoerr tied her career best on floor with a score of 9.875.

— by Jordan Bucher

Track and field

For the first time in 30 years, Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Drake were all on the same track, at the same time, competing against each other in the Recreation Building.

It was a historic moment, and the Hawkeyes put on a good show. They had the most talent, and it showed.

The Hawkeye men won, 97-62, over Northern Iowa, 99-47 over the Cyclones and 104-52 over Drake. The women’s squad completed the sweep by winning 91-66 over Northern Iowa, 91-47 over Iowa State and 102-46 over Drake.

From top to bottom, the Black and Gold dominated the meet. Between the men and women’s teams, Iowa earned 18 first-place finishes. The racing did not go unnoticed by a large and active crowd, the majority of whom stayed for the entire event.

The coaching staff was also pleased with the performance.

“Our stars certainly shone brightly,” head coach Layne Anderson said. “It was an outstanding meet. The people that we expected to come out and compete well — compete for wins, [personal bests], all-time top-10 performers — did. Top to bottom, this is the level of effort that we challenged this group to bring.”

The women’s team won all three of the sprints (the 60, 200, and 400) and half of the field events. The squad also won the mile, 600 meters, and the 4x400. The lone event that Iowa did not perform well in was the 60-meter hurdles, which was the only hurdling event of the day.

In addition, the men had their fair share of victories, winning two out of the three sprints and all but one of the distance events. They didn’t perform quite as well as the women in the field events, but their dominance in the distance events helped them gain a firm hand in all three of the meets.

“We wanted to show everyone that it was a Hawkeye State,” senior Nathan Prom said. “We came out and performed today all around, and it was great to see performances all around. I’m really proud of my team — we’re young, but everyone is stepping up. Great things will come in the future.”

The season is one meet old, but there is a sense of confidence that surrounds the Hawkeye team.

“I think we’re going to have some of the very best athletes in our men’s and women’s programs, out of all teams, in our sport,” said director of track and field Larry Wieczorek. “I think they’re going to bring a lot of excitement to the University of Iowa.”

— by Jordan Hansen


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