Cyclones Prepare for TCU
AMES, Iowa – The Cyclones (3-0-1, 0-0 Big 12) begin conference competition in their home opener as the Horned Frogs (1-2, 1-0 Big 12) of TCU come to Ames. Tomorrow’s meeting marks the first ever dual meet matchup between the two teams.
According to senior captain Emily Wiltsie, Iowa State will come into the event riding a wave of confidence after an undefeated start through four dual meets this season, one of the best starts in school history. While she and her teammates are excited to race at home, Wiltsie anticipates a close competition.
“We’re excited. We know it will be a tough matchup,” Wiltsie said. “Everyone’s swimming really well, so we’re on a high right now.”
The Cyclones find themselves swimming at a faster pace at this point in the season then they did a year ago. Head Coach Duane Sorenson is pleased to notice his team’s fast start to the 2013-14 season.
“We are doing a great job. We are swimming much faster when we compare ourselves to how we swam against South Dakota and South Dakota State last year,” Sorenson said. “We are way ahead of the way we swam at Nebraska compared to how we swam at our first meet last year.”
According to Sorenson, tomorrow’s competition may come down to who matches up better against their opponent. While one of the Cyclones’ strengths is in their breaststroke events, TCU has a number of quality distance swimmers.
“Looking at their times and our times, we matchup really well in a lot of events,” Sorenson said. “In other events, we’re stronger, and there are events where they’re stronger. So it’s going to be who wants it more for first place and who has the better depth going down to fourth and fifth place.”
TCU sophomore and distance specialist Sara Brzozowski will be the swimmer to beat in the 500 and 100 freestyle events. Brzozowski holds the school record in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:57.93, set last season.
Junior Lauren Mikulecky and sophomore Kristen Connolly will lead the Horned Frogs on the boards tomorrow night against Elyse Brouillette and the Cyclone divers. Returning ISU most valuable diver, Brouillette is coming off of a first-place, 293.25 point performance on the 3-meter board at UNO.
“TCU is going to be very tough,” head diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “I know they are going to come in ready and prepared, and we have to be ready and prepared.”
At this point in the season, Iowa State freshman Karyl Clarete has been performing beyond her years in several events. Through four dual meets, Clarete has racked up 14 top-three finishes, including nine first-place finishes, in 12 different events
Clarete’s performance will be one of the major deciding factors in the meet tomorrow night, according to Sorenson.
“I just have to get in there and race; try to get my hand to the wall first and just score some points,” Clarete said.
Following tomorrow’s action, the Cyclones are off for one week before heading to Lawrence, Kan. for the Kansas Invitational from Nov. 22 – 24.