Cyclone Swimming and Diving Face Illinois Friday
AMES, Iowa- The Cyclone swimmers and divers (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) will travel to Champaign, Ill. to face Illinois (1-2, 1-1 Big Ten) for their first dual meet of 2013 this Friday, Jan. 18.
Iowa State last saw action against in-state rival Iowa where they fell 108-190. The team is looking forward to getting back into action after a long stretch of challenging training on its winter training trip to Puerto Rico, Jan. 2-10.
Against Iowa, the Cyclones saw numerous personal-best times. Leading the Cyclones was junior Imelda Wistey and sophomore Bre Loeschke. Both women earned the team first-place finishes as well as moving in the top 10 overall in Cyclone history.
"We had a great training session in Puerto Rico," head coach Duane Sorenson said. "We had 12 great practices, where each one was very productive. Then, before that we were here training from Dec. 26 until Jan 1, training everyday and really getting a lot accomplished."
Illinois last saw competition at the TYR Invitational where they took first the first on the first two days of action and finished second on the last day of the invite.
"Last year at the TYR Invitational they beat us by only one point after winning 700 some points," Sorenson said. "It was a very close meet.
"Looking at our times and Illinois' times, they are a little stronger in the butterfly races and in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events," Sorenson said. "But, our breaststroke and sprint 50 freestyle are faster. They also have good 100 backstrokers, but we are a little faster in the 200 backstroke and better in diving, so this should be a very close meet."
In the diving well, the Cyclone divers are also preparing for a competitive meet with the Illini.
"Illinois has always been extremely competitive and tough with us," diving coach Jeff Warrick said. "I think we match up pretty well."
Freshman Elyse Brouillette led the team against Iowa, finishing second on the 1-meter board and third on the 3-meter board. Her 1-meter board score of 295.58 was a personal-best as well as moved her to fourth overall in Cyclone history.
"We got really good training in over break," Warrick said. "Having a break away from academics was really nice so we could just focus on training as well as get two-a-days in which I think really will help us go forward."
The meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m. CST at the ARC Pool.