Wistey Wraps Up Competition at NCAA Championships
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Imelda Wistey’s distinguished career as a Cyclone came to an end today as the top breaststroker in school history brought home a 52nd-place finish in the 200 breaststroke at the University Aquatics Center on the University of Minnesota Campus. In her second NCAA Championship event of the weekend, Wistey recorded a time of 2:16.02.
“She had a great first five lengths in the 200 breast. She actually had a faster start than she did at Big 12s and against Iowa when she set her personal record,” Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson said. “She kind of fell apart at the end, but that’s because we focused more on the 100 breaststroke because that was her best chance of placing. She went out there and raced really hard, and we are proud of her for that.”
A two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree, Wistey closes the book on one of the most decorated careers of any swimmer in Iowa State history. During her three years as a Cyclone, Wistey tackled school records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke while placing top-10 all-time in the 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
“She just had a wonderful career here at Iowa State. She was determined to do her best in every practice and every meet,” Sorenson said. “When she came here as a sophomore, if I had told her she would be a 2:13.00 breaststroker, she would have laughed at me. She is just a wonderful athlete and an even better person.”
According to Sorenson, a number of his younger swimmers will be “filling her shoes by committee” next season, and Wistey will have a hand in training those who are filling her shoes. Wistey plans to remain with the team as a graduate assistant while she pursues a master’s degree in English literature at Iowa State.
“She was always our go-to breaststroker in the medley relay. We always knew that we were going to get a great swim out of her in the 100 breaststroke, and she went on to become our best 200 breaststroker, too,” Sorenson said. “She has just been an ideal student athlete.”