Olympic Sports Roundup: 11/24

We’re still a few weeks away from the full winter sports slate, but even as the holidays approach the Hawks are still competing all across the country. The volleyball team is winding down their year while the swimming and diving team is just getting their feet wet.

Let’s dive right in.

Swimming and Diving

  • The Hawkeye swimming and diving team competed in two separate meets last week, swimming in both the Miami Invitational and the Georgia Tech Invitational.
  • Five different Hawkeyes set season-bests, including Georgia Clark’s 3rd place swim in the 200 back (2:03.25) and Kennedy Gilbertson’s 4th place finish in the same event (2:04.89).
  • The results may not look as gaudy as they have in years past for the Hawks, but it’s important to remember that this team was brought back from being cut halfway through last season. It no doubt had an effect on recruiting, not to mention the impact it may have had on the well-being and training regimens of the athletes. I fully expect the team to show strong improvement throughout the year and continue to grow as they get back up and running.
  • The Hawkeyes will be back in the pool again on December 10th, when they take on Iowa State.

Volleyball

  • The Iowa volleyball team took a set before ultimately losing to #10 Ohio State three sets to one on Friday. They also dropped a Sunday road match at Indiana, getting swept three sets to none.
  • Against Ohio State, Iowa dropped the first two sets, 25-15. Instead of packing up and going home, though, Iowa fought back to take a set off one of the best teams in the country. Ohio State then rallied to take the final set, 25-16.
  • The best teams in the country usually only give you a small opening to seize on if you want to pull the upset. On Friday, the Hawks found the opening and used it to take a set, but the talent gap was just too large to turn it into a full-fledged upset. Still, taking sets off up Top 10 teams is a good building block towards future success.
  • Sunday’s match had less to take away as a positive. The Hawkeyes dropped all three sets against Indiana and none of the three were particularly close. The Hawks fell into a familiar trap, giving up long runs early in sets and finding themselves in holes they couldn’t escape. Iowa hit only .168 in the match and was only able to notch one service ace.
  • It’s been a long, tough season for the Hawkeye volleyball team and they no doubt are ready for a few weeks off to rest and regroup. The offseason will be huge as the team looks to hire a new coach and build a foundation to compete in the best volleyball conference in America. The Hawks will finish their season next week with matches against Rutgers and Penn State.