Cyclones trail Kansas after day one, 75.5-74.5
AMES, Iowa – The Kansas Jayhawks (7-4, 0-1 Big 12) hold a 75.5-74.5 lead over Iowa State (6-3-1, 1-1 Big 12) in part one of the two-day event. As anticipated, the two Big 12 Conference rivals matched up well in the first seven events of the dual meet.
“It’s a very close meet. Morgan Sharp for KU touched us out twice, so we have to come back tomorrow and try to touch her out,” Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson said. “It’s been a great meet – our kids are really competing well. Tomorrow’s another day, and we’re going to step up and race.”
In the final event of the evening, Iowa State school record holder in the 50 freestyle, Amanda Paulson, eclipsed a career milestone by notching her 25th first-place finish in her signature event with a time of 0:23.13.
“She’s just a phenomenal person and a great competitor. She takes a lot of pride in that race and just really gets up for it,” Sorenson said of his two-time most valuable swimmer.
The Jayhawks jumped out to an early 13-4 lead over Iowa State after finishing first and third in the 200 medley relay. Paulson mounted a comeback on the last leg of the relay, but fell 0.07-second shy of KU's time of 1:45.83.
The Cyclones rallied to go ahead 38-36 – their first lead of the evening – after a one-two finish by sophomore Marissa Engel and junior Bre Loeschke in the 100 backstroke.
The Jayhawks responded as sophomore Chelsie Miller and Deanna Marks finished first and second with times of 2:04.38 and 2:07.89, respectively in the 200 butterfly to regain the lead, 59.5-52.5.
“They just have to get in there and race,” Sorenson said. “You can’t have a predetermined outcome in your head when you’re standing on the block. You just have to get your hand to the wall and be those competitors they’ve been all season.”
On the boards, Iowa State senior Jessica Henderson tallied another first-place finish in the 1-meter event with a score of 289.72. ISU freshmen Becky Stochl and Julie Dickinson finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
“Jessica dove outstanding. She dove really solid in prelims, but she really stepped it up in finals. That was definitely one of her best lists,” Iowa State head diving coach said.
The Cyclones will return to Beyer Hall tomorrow at 9 a.m. for 3-meter prelims followed by senior day introductions.