Cropley named to Bench Award list
IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa senior catcher Tyler Cropley has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher.
Ninety-seven catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches and the list will be updated to include additional candidates until April 30. The list will be narrowed down to semifinalists on May 16 and a national voting panel will determine the three finalists at the end of May.
Cropley is one of six catchers nominated from the Big Ten Conference.
The McCook Lake, South Dakota, native is hitting .324 (12 of 37) with a team-best 12 RBIs this season. He is tied for the team lead with four multi-hit games and has three doubles and a home run to post a team-best .486 slugging percentage for the 8-2 Hawkeyes.
Iowa's Gustafson named All-American
IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named an All-American by USA Today. Gustafson was named to the second team. It is the first All-America honor of Gustafson’s career.
Gustafson is Iowa’s first All-American since Sam Logic earned the distinction in 2015. She is the first Hawkeye to earn the honor from USA Today.
Gustafson, the Big Ten Player of the Year, is averaging 25.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, and shooting 66.8 percent from the field in 31 games this season. She broke a Big Ten Tournament and Iowa single-game scoring record with 48 points against Minnesota on March 2.
USD divers compete at Zone D event
MINNEAPOLIS — South Dakota junior Sarah Schank and sophomore Isaac Morris completed their diving season Tuesday at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships hosted by Minnesota in the Jean K. Aquatic Center. The duo represented South Dakota at one of five diving meets that serve as a qualifier to the NCAA Championships.
On Monday, Schank finished 43rd (out of 47) on the one-meter dive with a score of 200.75. She beat out divers from South Dakota State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa and Kansas. Morris finished 30th (out of 34) on the three-meter dive with a score of 257.25. Morris placed higher than divers from the University of Missouri-Columbia and South Dakota State.
During Tuesday’s competition, Schank finished 44th on the three-meter dive with a final score of 200.55. Morris finished 26th (out of 34) on the one-meter dive with a score of 273.60.