The Daily Iowan

‘Newbie’ senior sparks softball offense

MIKE SLUSARK

February 18, 2009

Sam Heinzman found herself in an oddly familiar situation when she arrived at Iowa. “I was referred to as ‘the new people’ with the freshmen,” she said. “It kind of felt like I was reliving my freshman year all over again.” She may have been new, but Heinzman was far from an inexperienced...

Underdog AquaHawks determined heading into Big Ten championships

EVELYN LAU

February 18, 2009

Underdogs all season, the members of the Iowa women’s swimming and diving team feel as though they have something to prove. The AquaHawks will compete in the Big Ten championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., this week, hoping to improve on last year’s ninth-place finish. “We’re excited,” head coach...

Lady Hawks look to the relays

EVELYN LAU

February 18, 2009

Marc Long knows the importance of relay teams in competition. As team captain of the Iowa men’s swimming team in 1989, he was a member of the Big Ten record-setting 200-freestyle relay team that broke an NCAA record. In his collegiate career, Long was a three-time Big Ten champion and a six-time...

Record breaking senior is leaving his mark on UI

ZACH SMITH

February 18, 2009

A typical NCAA field-athlete possesses a combination of strength, balance, and quickness. Iowa senior John Hickey certainly has all three of those essentials. But the Piermont, N.Y., native would be better described as explosive rather than quick. He followed up in the outdoor season by claiming all-r...

Major-league umpire talks baseball, steroids

RYAN YOUNG

February 18, 2009

From pine tar to steroids, major-league umpire Tim McClelland has seen it. After graduating from umpire school and ascending the minor-league ladder, McClelland has been behind the plate during several historical games, such as the George Brett pine tar game, Sammy Sosa’s corked-bat game, and David...

GymHawks prevail in close ‘pink meet’ against Iowa State

EVELYN LAU

February 17, 2009

Iowa’s fourth-annual Pink Meet kicked off with rival teams coming together for a common cause. But by evening’s end, the two squads were anything but cordial as they battled in a closely contested competition. No. 23 Iowa (8-3) narrowly defeated No. 20 Iowa State (0-7), 194.675-194.000. However,...

Men’s tennis thinking inside the boxing

AMIE KIEHN

February 17, 2009

Tuesday is “Fightin’ Day” for the Iowa men’s tennis team. Assistant coach Steve Nash loves it. He walks onto the courts clad in his brightest, sunshine yellow Hawkeye T-shirt, sporting a beguiling grin. Swung over his shoulder is the large black bag filled with boxing gloves. The 10 Hawkeye...

Weil tosses 1st no-hitter

JON LINDER

February 17, 2009

Brittany Weil has spent the better part of the last three years accumulating staggering numbers pitching for the Iowa softball team. On Feb. 13, it was what the senior didn’t accumulate that stood out. For the first time in her storied collegiate career, Weil recorded a no-hitter — and it could...

Will the Big Ten have more than six teams in the NCAA’s?

DI SPORTS STAFF

February 17, 2009

YES March is rapidly approaching, and that means the NCAA Tournament is drawing near as well. The Big Ten looks poised to secure seven bids in the 65-team field. First, the lock: Michigan State is on the road to securing a No. 2 seed and possibly even a No. 1 seed depending on the way it finishes ...

Baseball senior Justin Toole’s head not turned by preseason accolades

RYAN YOUNG

February 17, 2009

Justin Toole doesn’t like to read anything into preseason accolades. He’s honored, but the Iowa senior shortstop isn’t about to hang his sweat-stained ball cap on them just yet. He was lauded as a preseason third-team All-American by Ping! Baseball after being named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace...

Wrestlers slam Gophers 25-9

ZACH SMITH

February 16, 2009

Carver-Hawkeye Arena got the memo that archrival Minnesota and head coach J Robinson — a Hawkeye in exile — were coming to Iowa City. With emotions particularly high on Senior Day, the Hawkeyes took the 2009 installment of the “Border Brawl,” 25-9. The win came days after Iowa blanked No. 25...

Commentary: Wrestling takes no prisoners

RYAN YOUNG

February 16, 2009

Here is a message to Indiana, Northwestern, and the rest of the Big Ten: For the last five weeks of the season: You better bring more than your best shot when you’re up against Iowa. You better deliver an immediate knockout blow. Don’t toy around. Don’t sneer and scoff. Don’t expect to watch...