CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI Athletics’ March Student-Athletes of the Month set record marks and made history in the month of February.
Voted on by their peers, the UNI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selected swimming and diving’s Taylor Hogan† Sophia Jungling of track and field for this month’s female award winners. on the men’s side, Isaiah Trousil (track and field) and Bowen Born (men’s basketball) earned the honors.
Taylor Hogan – swimming and diving – Waterloo, Iowa – Waterloo Columbus High School
Taylor Hogan earned the 2021-22 MVC Championship title in the 3-meter diving finals after scoring 277.50 points. She entered the finals as a No. 3 seed and moved to the lead with a 54.00 on a back 2 ½ pike. Hogan claimed the first diving title since 2011 and the school’s first on 3-meter. Hogan led the Panthers and secured a third-place finish on the 1-meter boards after she recorded 261.65 points. Hogan was seeded fourth and improved her preliminary score by 10.85 points to take the All-MVC honors at the 2021-22 MVC Championship Meet. Hogan has remarkably finished in the top three of 11 out of 18 diving events this season and recorded a new personal best 1-meter dive against Valparaiso scoring 268.27. She has been honored as MVC Diver of the week twice, Oct. 4, 2021, and Feb. 1, 2022, and qualified for NCAA Diving Zones for the 3-meter board, where she placed 42nd. Hogan also plays softball for UNI.
Hogan is a Junior. She is the daughter of Pat and Kari Hogan and is majoring in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in biology.
Sophia Jungling – women’s track and field – Parkersburg, Iowa – Aplington-Parkersburg High School
Sophia Jungling won the women’s 800-meter run at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in a time of 2:08.23, which set the new UNI freshman record in the event. Seeded third heading into the championships, Jungling emerged as the sole champion on the women’s side for UNI. Jungling also was part of the 4×400 meters relay that earned runner-up honors at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Jungling is a freshman. She is the daughter of Brian Jungling and is majoring in sports business and public relations.
Bowen Born – men’s basketball – G – 5’11 – 170 – Norwalk, Iowa – Norwalk HS
Bowen Born averaged 12 points per game coming off the bench in eight games in February, helping lead the Panthers to an outright MVC regular season championship. The Norwalk, Iowa, native shot 50% from the field, including 48% from three-point range, and sank 18-of-18 free throw attempts in the last month of play. For his outstanding season, Born was named to the MVC’s All-Bench Team and selected as the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, becoming the fifth UNI player to earn the award in program history.
Born is a son of Mike and Vicki Born. He is a freshman majoring in psychology.
Isaiah Trousil – men’s track and field – West Burlington, Iowa – West Burlington HS
Isaiah Trousil lit up the track for the Panthers in the sprints in February. Trousil made both UNI and MVC history in the 200-meter dash at the conference championships with a time of 20.72. His time broke UNI’s school record previously held by Brandon Carnes in 2017, and the MVC record held by Drake’s Kevin Little since 1990. His performance in the 200-meter dash at the championships in Chicago is the 12th best time in the nation, qualifying him for the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, set for this week. He also earned all-conference honors in the 60-meter-dash at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships with a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a personal best time of 6.69 seconds
In addition to the MVC Championships, he won the 60-meter dash at the Nebraska Invite with a time of 6.74 seconds
Trousil is the son Andrea and Ronnie Stewart and Titus and Marisella Wortham. He is a senior, majoring in movement and exercise science.