Cyclones in Second After Day One at Kansas Invite
TOPEKA, Kan. – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (3-1-1, 0-1 Big 12) tallied 240 points on the first of the three-day Kansas Invite. Iowa State used a strong performance in the 200 individual medley, in which six Cyclones scored, to end the first day of the invitational in second place.
Iowa State sits just 57 points behind the Kansas Jayhawks in first place with 297 overall.
“We really swam well in both the prelim sessions and finals sessions,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “We had a lot of tough racing and a couple of our swimmers doubled up events and had very little rest for finals and still swam really strong. I was very pleased with their effort and that of all of our swimmers.”
Sorenson was particularly impressed with several swimmers who swam multiple events affording them very little time between races. Junior Sarah Deis and freshman Karyl Clarete were two such swimmers who came up big for the Cyclones despite the heavy workload.
“Sarah Deis had a great finals session,” Sorenson said. “She won the consolation heat in the 200 IM and had just a 12-minute rest and won the consolation heat in the 50 freestyle. That was a very impressive swim on her part.”
Deis was one of the six ISU swimmers to place in the 200 IM. Deis’ performance helped catapult ISU from fourth to second overall with a ninth-place finish winning the consolation heat. Leading the way for Iowa State in the 200 IM was sophomore Marissa Engel. Engel clocked a time of 2:07.88 to take third in the championship final. She was followed by teammates Clarete (2:08.14), senior Imelda Wistey (2:09.05) and freshman Savanna Townsend (2:09.71) who touched the wall one after the other taking places third-sixth.
Freshman Karyl Clarete continued her impactful freshman campaign with a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle finals with a time of 4:55.78. Clarete shaved 3.47 off her season-best time to make it into the top-eight. She then dropped nearly an entire second off her preliminary time of 4:56.81 in the finals. Also scoring in the 500 freestyle, junior Elizabeth Kleiner nabbed 15th overall.
Junior Amanda Paulson, the school record holder in the 50 freestyle, once again placed first in the 50, but was disqualified for flinching just prior to the start of the race. IUS’s Townsend finished strong for the Cyclones in the 50, finishing sixth overall (24.50).
Iowa State closed the meet on a high note with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay when the team of Engel, Wistey, Kleiner and Paulson clocked a time of 3:50.19. This was the first time the Cyclones have swam the 400 medley relay this season. Engel’s leadoff time of 57.48 was good for a season-best in the 100 backstroke for ISU.
The Cyclones will hit the pool on Saturday at 10 a.m. for day two of the Kansas Invite. Iowa State will compete in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back events. The top-16 will once again advance to the 6 p.m. finals and the Cyclones will also compete in the 800 free relay during the finals.
“Tomorrow’s order of events is very strong for us,” Sorenson said. “We just need to go out and be really consistent with all of our swims and try and get more people in finals and more people in consolation heats.”