Cyclones Face Hawkeyes Friday
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AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State swimming and diving team will travel to Iowa City to face in-state rival Iowa for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series this Friday, Dec. 7 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
“With the Iowa-Iowa State series, the girls get up for it no matter where we are in our training,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “They are very motivated to go out and do well and represent Iowa State in the Cy-Hawk Series.
The Cyclone swimmer last saw competition in Topeka, Kan. at the Kansas Classic, Nov. 16-18. Iowa State ended the weekend in fourth-place finish with an overall score of 410 points. The team had a number of career and season-best times throughout the weekend. Sophomore Amanda Paulson finished first in the 50 freestyle event clocking in with a time of 28.41, her best for the season. Imelda Wistey led the Cyclones in the 100 breaststroke, finishing second with a time of 1:04.50.
As always, the Hawkeyes will promise an exciting and fun meet for the Cyclones. The Hawkeyes most recently hosted the Hawkeye Invitational where they finished the weekend in third place with 559.5 points. Throughout the three-day competition, the team posted three top-10 times in Iowa history.
“The Hawkeyes had a great meet this weekend,” Sorenson said. “They swam very well so that just makes the challenge that much greater for us. I think there are about 10 races that could go either way, and if we come out on top of those 10 races we have a real good shot of winning the meet. Being in their home pool is going to be an advantage for them, but many of our swimmers have been over there in club meets or a few years ago. It’s a great facility and it gets you that much more motivated to swim fast.”
The Cyclone divers will be familiar with the Hawkeye squad after competing at the Hawkeye Invitational last weekend.
“The Iowa-Iowa State rivalry is always there in the Cy-Hawk series so I expect Iowa to come out ready to go,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “We’re going to be ready to go. We are excited and it will be a challenge but it’s always a battle.”
Leading the Cyclones in last weekend’s was freshman Elyse Brouillette. The Omaha, Neb. native finished sixth overall on both the 3-meter and platform board. On 3-meter, she ended the day with a score of 298.65, the sixth-highest score in Iowa State history. She also earned another top-10 score on platform, finishing with a score of 282.85, putting her fourth overall in Cyclone history.
“We are going to stick to our game plan,” Warrick said. “Obviously it is going to be exciting but we are talking about the possible distractions that are going to be there. We’ve talked all season long about how to focus on what you want and how to deal with the other stuff. It’s an exciting meet and they just need to stay focused on what they want.”
This will be the 38th dual meet between the two teams with the Cyclones looking to come away with a victory after falling 124-176 last year. Friday’s meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m. CST.