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BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 28, 2014 5:00 AM

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GymHawks head to Boise State

The Iowa women’s gymnastics team will head to Boise, Idaho, to take on No. 17 Boise State today. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

In its most recent outing, Boise State posted its 11th win of the season, beating San Jose, 196.200-195.550. The Broncos will enter the dual against the Hawkeyes with an 11-3 record.

Iowa ended its home schedule on a positive note Sunday afternoon with a 195.125-193.800 win over Illinois-Chicago. The win marked a season-high for the Hawkeyes and their first win of the season. Iowa posted a season best on the beam with a 48.725.

Freshman Angel Metcalf captured her third all-around victory of the season against No. 20 Ohio State for the Hawkeyes’ annual Pink Meet. Metcalf improved her season-best score to 39.325, finishing ahead of two teammates and two Buckeyes.

— by Jordan Bucher

Baseball heads to Stetson invitational

The Iowa baseball team headed to Florida this weekend for the Stetson Invitational in Deland.

The Hawkeyes will open against Stetson at 6 p.m. today before facing Maine at noon Saturday and Furman at 9 a.m. March 2. All three games will be held at Melching Field at Conrad Park.

At 6-1, the Black and Gold are off to their best season since 1985, and they sit atop the Big Ten Standings. They lead the conference in slugging percentage (.444), on-base percentage (.409), and runs (64).

Starting pitchers for the weekend will be sophomore Calvin Matthews today, junior Sasha Kuebel on Saturday, and sophomore Tyler Peyton on Sunday.

— by Ryan Rodriguez

Swimming in ninth after day two of Big Tens

The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team currently sits in ninth after the second day of competition at the Big Ten championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Hawkeyes dropped two spots from the first day.

The Hawks posted two times that rank fourth-best in program history Thursday night. The 400-meter relay of junior Grant Betulius and seniors Andrew Marciniak, Dustin Rhoads, and Gianni Sesto broke the record with a time of 3:11:15.

Freshman Nick Zito also set a record with a time of 1:47:88 in the 200-meter individual medley.

— by Ryan Rodriguez

Big Ten gets 74 automatic bids for NCAAs

The NCAA has announced the Big Ten received 74 of 290 automatic qualifying bids for the NCAA championships, set to take place March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The conference will receive six or more qualifiers, including nine at heavyweight.

This is the third-season in a row the Big Ten received that number of bids, which leads all conferences in the nation.

— by Danny Payne

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