Season of Success

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 24 sports programs for the University of Iowa in 2018-19 had a memorable year athletically, academically, and in the community.
Iowa finished 38th in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup with 629.5 points. The No. 38 ranking is the Hawkeyes’ highest ranking in the Directors’ Cup since finishing 29th in 2000. Points are awarded based on order of finish in NCAA sponsored championships.
Highlighting Iowa athletically, the Hawkeyes had four teams win or share a Big Ten championship, and 13 teams compete in NCAA postseason. Wrestling (1st), women’s basketball (9th), football, (21st) and men’s basketball (23rd) all ranked in the top 25 in national attendance.
In the classroom, Iowa had a 90 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). More than 300 student-athletes earned Dean’s List and/or President’s List recognition, and more than 200 student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes had more than 230 student-athletes participate in Iowa’s annual Day of Caring, and Iowa student-athletes volunteered more than 10,000 hours of community service time in the Iowa City community in 2018-19.
Below is a snapshot of the highlights from 2018-19.

Men’s Golf

  • NCAA Regional appearance for 10th time in 11 years
  • Hawkeye Invitational champions
  • Alex Schaake named Big Ten Golfer of the Year

Women’s Golf

  • Diane Thomason Invitational champions
  • Shawn Rennegarbe was co-medalist at the Diane Thomason Invitational


  • Big Ten regular season co-champions
  • Six All-Americans
  • NCAA Champion Spencer Lee & Big Ten Champion Alex Marinelli
  • NCAA attendance leader for 13th straight year

Field Hockey

  • NCAA Tournament qualifier for the first time since 2012
  • Maddy Murphy & Katie Birch became the program’s 91st and 92nd All-Americans
  • Iowa coaching staff recognized as the West Region Coaching Staff of the Year

Men’s Tennis

  • 18 wins ties third highest total in Iowa history and most since 1991
  • Recorded a program-best 14 home victories
  • Best finish in the Big Ten since 1993

Women’s Tennis

  • Elyse van Heuvelen Treadwell named first-team All-Big Ten
  • Won 13 matches, its highest total in eight seasons
  • Qualified for the Big Ten Tournament

Men’s Gymnastics

  • Earned share of Big Ten regular season title
  • Three Hawkeyes earned All-America honors
  • JD Reive named Central Region Head Coach of the Year
  • Tom Buese & Ben Ketelsen named Central Region Assistant Coaches of the Year

Women’s Gymnastics

  • Big Five Session I champions
  • Ranked as high as 28th in the country
  • Three All-Big Ten honorees

Men’s Basketball

  • NCAA Tournament qualifier, advancing to Round of 32 for third time in five years
  • Nationally-ranked for 16 consecutive weeks
  • 2K Empire Classic champions, beating Oregon and Connecticut in New York City

Women’s Basketball

  • Big Ten Tournament champions & advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight
  • Lisa Bluder named Naismith National Coach of the Year
  • Megan Gustafson became Iowa’s first ever consensus National Player of the Year
  • Won a program-best 29 games, including a perfect 17-0 home record


  • Outback Bowl champions, beating No. 18 Mississippi State
  • Won nine games, tying for second place in Big Ten West Division
  • T.J. Hockenson won the John Mackey Award as nation’s top tight end
  • Kirk Ferentz became winningest football coach in Iowa history

Women’s Soccer

  • Natalie Winters earned third-team all-region and third-team All-Big Ten honors
  • Kaleigh Haus & Hannah Drkulec earned Academic All-America accolades – the first in program history


  • Posted its sixth straight 30-win season, its longest streak since 1979-85
  • Qualified for the Big Ten Tournament for a record sixth straight season

Men’s Track & Field

  • Director Joey Woody was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year
  • Big Ten champions for the first time since 2011
  • 1,600-meter relay squad earned first-team All-America honors after setting the school record (3:00.14)
  • Five Big Ten champions and four first-team All-Americans

Women’s Track & Field

  • Junior Laulauga Tausaga won Iowa’s first individual NCAA Outdoor Championship title in 34 years with the discus school record (63.26 meters, 207-6)
  • Tausaga earned her third consecutive Big Ten discus title and was named Big Ten and USTFCCCA Midwest Field Athlete of the Year
  • Drake Relays champions
  • Four Big Ten champions and three first-team All-Americans


  • Won eight straight games, its longest winning streak in 10 years
  • Allison Doocy was named second-team All-Big Ten
  • Aralee Bogar led the Big Ten in steals for the second straight season


  • Molly Kelly named CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year
  • Earned highest ranked win in program history, beating No. 6 Wisconsin
  • Taylor Louis was Iowa’s first All-Big Ten selection in 18 years

Swimming & Diving

  • Five NCAA qualifiers
  • Broke five school records
  • 22 student-athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten recognition
  • Ben Colin became Iowa’s first-ever recipient of the Jim McKay Scholarship


  • Iowa qualified for third straight NCAA Championships, placing 13th overall
  • Nationally ranked a program-best 29 straight weeks
  • Earned Big Ten Boat of the Week on April 16
  • I Varsity Eight finished highest in program history with a ninth place finish at NCAA Championships

Men’s Cross Country

  • USTFCCCA All-Academic recognized team for second consecutive season
  • Nathan Mylenek became the first Hawkeye since 2011 to qualify for NCAA Championships

Women’s Cross Country 

  • USTFCCCA All-Academic recognized team for 16th consecutive season
  • Recorded highest finish at Big Ten Championships since 2011

B1G Championships: Four

  • Men’s Gymnastics (regular season co-champs)
  • Wrestling Dual Meet Co-Champions
  • Women’s Basketball Tournament champions
  • Men’s Outdoor Track & Field champions

NCAA Participation: 13, plus football Outback Bowl win

  • Football
  • Field Hockey
  • Women’s Basketball (Elite 8)
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Wrestling Fourth Place (led nation in home attendance)
  • Indoor Track Men’s & Women
  • Outdoor Track Men’s & Women
  • Women’s Gymnastics
  • Men’s Gymnastics
  • Men’s Golf
  • Rowing

Individual Accolades:

  • Spencer Lee — Wrestling National Champion
  • Megan Gustasfon — Naismith Player of The Year
  • Alex Schaake — Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Year
  • T.J. Hockenson — John Mackey Award as top tight end in the nation
  • Three football players named Big Ten Player of the Year for their position
  • Ben Colin — men’s swimming NCAA Jim McKay Scholarship Recipient — Sport and Recreation Management Graduate School
  • Lisa Bluder — Naismith Coach of the Year
  • First time in the history of the NFL that one institution had two first round draft picks selected who played the same position
  • Joey Woody – Big Ten and USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year
  • Laulauga Tausaga — Big Ten and USTFCCCA Midwest Field Athlete of the Year; NCAA champion in discus

National Rankings:

  • Men’s and women’s track both ranked 16th in the country
  • Women’s track and field won the Hy-Vee Cup at Drake Relays
  • Rowing is ranked 12th in the country their 29th straight week national ranking
  • Won the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series
  • One of four institutions to win a bowl game and have both the men’s and women’s basketball teams advance beyond the first round of the NCAA Basketball Championships (Iowa, Kentucky, Baylor, and Oregon)
  • Men’s tennis ranked 43rd nationally, its highest final ranking in program history
  • Field hockey finished the season ranked seventh in the final poll and was ranked in the top-20 for all 13 weeks of the season

Graduate/Do It Right:

  • GSR (90%)
  • GPA (3.0)
  • Graduates (150+)
  • Deans/President’s List (300+)
  • Academic All-B1G (200+)
  • Day of Caring (more than 230 student-athletes participated)
  • Community Service (over 10,000 hours)

Facilities Completed/In Progress:

  • Kinnick Stadium north end zone (Kinnick Edge)
  • Gerdin Academic Learning Center
  • Finkbine Club House
  • Carver Hawkeye Arena Terrace Tables


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