Pin Us
Like Us
Follow Us
Article Image
Courtesy: Athletics Communications

Cyclones Move into Second at Big 12 Championships

Release: 02/27/2014
Print RSS
Related Links
More from

AUSTIN, Texas – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (7-3-1, 2-1 Big 12) finished day two of the Big 12 Conference Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in second-place with 185.5 points. 

Iowa State freshman Karyl Clarete had a career night in the 500 freestyle, breaking her school record with a time of 4:46.22 and earning and NCAA B-cut qualifying time. Clarete’s third-place performance is the highest finish at a conference championship of any Cyclone in the Big 12 era.

“We knew what we had when we recruited her. She is a fierce competitor, and she has trained for that time,” Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson said of his First-Team All-Big 12 500 freestyler. “We’re just so proud of her and what she did. Kelly Nordell has been instrumental in training her and really getting her prepared to swim that race. We couldn’t be more proud.”

In the diving well, Iowa State senior Jessica Henderson took down the school record – set by Janet Lahti during the 1985-86 season – on the one-meter board with a score of 314.40. The last time an Iowa State school record was broke in a diving event at the Big 12 Championships was during the 2009-10 season by Tien Tran on platform.

“For Jessica to break the one-meter record at a Big 12 Championship meet is usually unheard of,” Sorenson said. “That was one of the best performances ever by a Cyclone diver.”

The cardinal and gold returned to the podium when ISU junior Amanda Paulson tied Longhorn Senior Lily Moldenhauer for third-place, earning the second First Team All-Big 12 honor and B-cut qualifying time on the evening for Iowa State. Paulson’s time of 0:22.78 tied her currently school record,which she set as a freshman during the 2012 Big 12 Championships.

“This is the highest place she has ever gotten at the Big 12s, and it’s the first time she’s come from prelims to finals and improved her time. That’s a big step for her,” Sorenson said.

Junior middle distance specialist Sarah Deis recorded her ninth career top-10 Big 12 Championship performance with an eighth-place finish in the championship final heat of the 200 individual medley. Deis’ time of 2:03.55 outpaced her seventh-place Big 12 Championship performance from a year ago by 0.65-seconds.

“She came off of having mono over Christmas break, went out and swam a lifetime best and just did a great job,” Sorenson said. “She is just a fierce competitor.”

The Cyclones wrapped up the third session of the Big 12 Championships with a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:41.81 by Bre Loeschke, Imelda Wistey, Kaylee Kucera and Amanda Paulson.

The Cyclones return to action tomorrow at 10 a.m. for preliminaries in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke events. Three-meter diving preliminary heats begin at 12 p.m. with finals kicking off at 6 p.m.


Team Standing (Through Seven Events):

1. Texas – 395.5

2. Iowa State – 185.5

3. West Virginia – 182

4. Kansas - 177

5. Texas Christian - 161


500 Freestyle:

1. Kelsey Leneave (Texas) – 4:42.92

2. Kaitlin Pawlowicz (Texas) – 4:46.18

3. Karyl Clarete (Iowa State) – 4:46.22

4. Mikayla Winkler (Texas Christian) – 4:51.19

5. Emma Skelly (West Virginia) – 4:51.39


200 IM:

1. Madisyn Cox (Texas) – 1:56.31

2. Gretchen Jaques (Texas) – 1:58.03

3. Chelsie Miller (Kansas) – 1:59.25

4. Tasija Karosas (Texas) – 1:59.60

8. Sarah Deis (Iowa State) – 2:03.55


50 Freestyle:

1. Ellen Lobb (Texas) – 0:22.04

2. Sam Tucker (Texas) – 0:22.75

T3. Amanda Paulson (Iowa State) – 0:22.78

T3. Lily Moldenhauer (Texas) – 0:22.78

5. Courtney Parenti (West Virginia) – 0:23.06



1. Moren Taylor (Texas) – 346.35

2. Jessica Henderson (Iowa State) – 314.40

3. Emma Ivory-Ganja (Texas) – 310.10

4. Haily Vande Poel (West Virginia) – 297.45

5. Elyse Brouillette (Iowa State) – 290.30


400 Medley Relay:

1. Texas – 3:33.09

2. Kansas – 3:41.16

3. Iowa State – 3:41.81

4. West Virginia – 3:43.31

5. Texas Christian – 3:46.14

More on Swimming & Diving
The Team
Head Swimming coach Duane Sorenson
Coaching Staff | Roster | History

Weekly Release

Beyer Pool

Social Media
Twitter | Facebook

Inside Iowa State
Archives | Diving Camp | Swimming Camp
For Recruits | Diving Questionnaire | Swimming Questionnaire

Strategic Plan
Cyclone Connections
Cyclone Sidebar
Farm Strong Slider
Cyclone Spotlight
2:00 Timeout
Sweet Caroline
Fight Song