All-Americans, school-record setters, national tournament qualifiers, national team members and a scoring champion, the University of Iowa women’s athletic teams had all of those this season.
Accomplishments such as those make compiling a list such as this easy or difficult, depending on your viewpoint.
Nevertheless, with the amount of success enjoyed by women’s athletic programs such as the basketball, field hockey and soccer teams this season limiting a list to 10 was perhaps the most difficult task.
1. Natalie Cafone, so., field hockey: Cafone became the first Iowa player to lead the nation in scoring since 1992 as she averaged at 2.48 points per game. The Fairfield, N.J., native was a first team all-Big Ten selection, was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team and was a second-team all-American after posting team highs in points (52) and goals (22). Her 1.05 goals per game ranked third nationally and helped the Hawkeyes to a 13-8 record and a spot in the Big Ten Tournament title game. Cafone earned a spot on the United States’ national team last week.
2. Sam Logic, jr., basketball:
Her 7.6 assists per game led the Big Ten and ranked third nationally, and Logic became the first Big Ten player to record three triple doubles in a season. A three-year starter with 101 consecutive starts, Logic surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career and also became Iowa’s all-time leader in assists.
3. Dani Hemeon, jr., field hockey: A first-team all-Big Ten and third-team all-American selection, Hemeon ranked second on the team in both points (30) and goals this season (13), finishing behind Cafone in both categories. Hemeon also led Iowa with eight defensive saves, helping the Hawkeyes to a 13-8 overall record.
4. Bethany Doolittle, jr., basketball: Led the Hawkeyes in scoring at 14.2 points per game and was one of five Big Ten players named to the conference All-Defensive Team after setting a school record with 106 blocked shots. A second-team all-Big Ten selection, Doolittle finished 17th in the Big Ten in scoring while shooting .553 percent from the field, and ranked second in the Big Ten and 14th in the nation in blocked shots.
5. Melanie Pickert, sr., soccer: The team MVP on a squad that won a school-record 15 matches and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, Pickert was named Iowa’s Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season. The Canton, Mich., native was a second-team all-Big Ten selection and led the Hawkeyes with seven goals, and tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals.
6. Brittany Brown, fr., track and field: The freshman from Upland, Calif., set school records in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Brown broke a 31-year-old school record with a time of 7.41 seconds in the 60 meters during the indoor season and became the first Hawkeye in school history to run under 23 seconds in the 200 during the outdoor season with a school-record time of 22.95. At the Big Ten Conference meet, Brown placed second in the 200 and third in the 100 as Iowa notched its highest finish in 20 years. Brown placed 11th in the 200 at the NCAA Championships and anchored the school-record setting 4×100 relay team that won Drake Relays and Big Ten Conference titles and finished 16th at the NCAA Championships.
7. Megan Blank, jr., softball: The eighth player all-time to be named first team all-Big Ten three times, Blank also was named to the All-Defensive team this spring as a shortstop. She led the Hawkeyes in batting average (.361), slugging percentage (.602), on-base percentage (.452), walks (21), hits (48), doubles (11) and RBIs (25) this season and enters her senior season with a career batting average of .398, which is second all-time at Iowa.
8. Cloe Lacasse, jr., soccer: A second-team All-Big Ten selection, LaCasse led the Hawkeyes in points (19) and assists (7) and was second on the team in goals (6). The Ontario native has been Iowa’s top point scorer in each of her first three seasons and currently ranks second in program history in goals (31), assists (20) and points (82). She played a key role in the best season in Iowa history as the Hawkeyes won a school-record 15 matches, advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship and to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
9. Ruth Seaborne, sr., tennis: The London native and Florida State transfer was a stalwart at the No. 1 singles position in her two seasons in Iowa City, earning team MVP honors both seasons. Seaborne compiled a 15-7 singles mark, including an 8-3 record in conference play, while earning first-team all-Big Ten honors for the second straight season and reaching as high as No. 56 in the ITA singles rankings.
10. Ally Disterhoft, fr., basketball: The Former West High standout was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection and was selected to the league’s All-Freshman team. Disterhoft was third in scoring (13.2) and second in rebounding (6.4) on an Iowa team that tied a program record with 27 wins and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She finished the season with the second most points (474) and third most rebounds (229) by a freshman in program history.
Honorable mention: Morgan Grastorf, fr., rowing; Alex Melin, sr., soccer; Sydney Hoerr, jr., gymnastics; Theairra Taylor, sr., basketball; Melissa Dixon, jr., basketball; Stephanie Norlander, fr., field hockey; Karli Johansen, sr., field hockey; Olivia Kabacinski, so., swimming; Zinnia Miller, sr., track and field; Khanishah Williams, jr. track and field.