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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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Iowa falls to Minnesota in a close fight

The Hawkeyes traveled to the Twin Cities to take on the No. 6 Gophers this weekend for their second to last meet of the year. Minnesota squeaked out the victory, 427.350-426.450.

Iowa and Minnesota kept it close all evening long, and it came down to each team’s final event to decide the winner.

Despite the loss, sophomore Matt Loochtan and senior Matt McGrath set school records.

Loochtan set a floor record with a 15.60, which had been held by McGrath since 2011. McGrath set a record on the vault with a 15.350. Geoff Reins previously held the record.

“Overall, the meet went quite well,” head coach JD Reive said in a release. “We still had some misses that we should not have. I was quite pleased with the consistency, hit ratios, and most of what we needed to do.”

Iowa will head to its final dual meet of the year, against Nebraska on Saturday.

— by Jack Rossi

GymHawks fall to Iowa State

The Iowa women’s gymnastics team fell to Iowa State, 195.925-192.725, on March 7 in Ames.

The GymHawks tallied a score of 48.925 on bars to start things off. Junior Sydney Hoerr paced the Hawkeyes with a 9.900. Iowa State began the night on vault, posting a 48.675.

The Hawks tallied a 48.625 on vault with freshmen Angel Metcalf, Ashleigh Edlin, and Caroline McCrady all posting 9.750s. Iowa trailed the Cyclones at the midway point, 97.950-97.550.

Once on floor, the Hawkeyes recorded a 48.800 with Hoerr leading the way with a 9.850 and freshman Mollie Drenth following with a 9.800.

The Cyclones tallied a 48.825 on beam to maintain their lead, 146.775-146.350, heading into the final rotation.

The Hawkeyes concluded the meet on beam, posting an overall score of 46.375 with sophomores Maryah Huntley and Alie Glover both registering 9.650. Iowa State registered a 49.150 to claim the meet victory over the Hawkeyes.

Iowa’s all-around competitors were Glover, Hoerr, and Metcalf, posting 38.850, 38.450, and 38.200, respectively. Glover’s score was good enough for third place, finishing behind Iowa State’s Caitlin Brown (39.250) and Henrietta Green (38.925).

The Hawkeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn State in the Big Ten Quad Meet, set to begin at 12:30 p.m. in Crisler Center.

— by Jordan Bucher

Men’s hoops nets two recruits

March 8 wasn’t the best night for the 2013-14 Iowa Hawkeyes, but the program did receive some good news for its future years as highly touted junior-college point guard Trey Dickerson and 2015 recruit Brandon Hutton both committed to Fran McCaffery.

Shortly following Iowa’s heartbreaking loss to Illinois, Dickerson tweeted his decision to come to Iowa.

“I am Hawkeye Iowa bound!!!” Dickerson said on Twitter.

Dickerson averaged 19.8 points and 5.7 assists as a freshman at Williston State College this season. He’ll join the Hawkeyes with three years of eligibility remaining.

Gaining Dickerson’s commitment could also be valuable toward Iowa’s pursuit of junior-college standout Willie Atwood, who could potentially fill Iowa’s final scholarship for 2014-15. Dickerson and Atwood are friends and are rumored to have been discussing playing at the college level together.

Hutton is Iowa’s first recruit for 2015. The 6-6 Chicago native committed to Iowa after his unofficial visit Saturday, said coach Mike Cieperski.

According to reports, Hutton is a great defender who has an explosive game on the wing.

— by Ryan Probasco

Kansas State sweeps baseball

The Iowa baseball team dropped three-straight games this past weekend to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan.

Iowa’s record falls to 9-4 on the season.

Iowa led 4-2 at one point in the third game; however, the Hawks gave up 10 runs over the last three innings to drop the final game of the weekend, 12-8.

“Unfortunately, the wheels came off in the bullpen in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings,” head coach Rick Heller said in a release. “We had our good guys lined up. We have no excuses. We have to be better than that, and we weren’t very good on the mound today.”

The Hawkeyes will return to action Saturday at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.

— by Ryan Rodriguez

Men, women divers head to championships

The Iowa diving team will compete today at the 2014 NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, which are hosted this year by Minnesota.

Two men and five women divers will represent Iowa this year at the event.

Sophomore Addison Boschult and freshman Brandis Heffner will be the male contingent. Both have had excellent seasons, with Boschult setting a school record in the platform event with a score of 373.85. Heffner has come on strong recently, recording a season best at the Big Ten championships in the 3-meter springboard.

The women diving team consists of redshirt juniors Joelle Christy and Abby Grilli, sophomore Samantha Wagner, and freshmen Calli Head and Lydia Lehnert. Christy and Grilli have had especially strong seasons; both now rank in the top-10 in school history in the 1- and 3-meter springboard events.

Today will feature the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter; on Tuesday, the men and women will swap events. The event concludes on Wednesday with the platform event for both groups.

— by Jordan Hansen

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