Cyclones Fall to TCU, 160.5-139.5
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (3-1-1, 0-1 Big 12) dropped their home opener against conference foe TCU (2-2, 2-0 Big 12), 160.5-139.5. Iowa State was handed their first loss of the season tonight by the Horned Frogs in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Heading into the first break of the night, the score was all tied up at 65.5 after seven events. In the 50-yard freestyle event, Iowa State freshman Savanna Townsend and TCU freshman Julia Sanders both finished with a time of 0:24.17 to share second place.
“Both teams are really similar,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “It’s going to be a great competition once we get to the Big 12s.”
Led by Elyse Brouillette, the Iowa State divers continued to improve throughout the season with a solid performance on both boards. Between Brouillette and senior diver Jessica Henderson, the Cyclones took three top-three finishes between the 1-meter and 3-meter platforms.
“We have a really strong team. Every week they are improving, and that’s exciting to see,” head diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “We still have a long road ahead of us as far as time to keep improving, but I’m really excited about where our team is at. I think we’re just going to keep building.”
Brouillette set the curve for the rest of the field on the 3-meter board with a score 329.48, a personal best for her and just nine points shy of the school record set by Tien Tran in 2009.
“I’ve found that when I do my best is when I’m having a good time,”Brouillette said. “I just wanted to have fun with this meet, and that’s what I did. I got up before every dive and I was smiling and having a good time. It was great having my teammates cheering me on.”
During the 3-meter diving event, TCU held the lead over Iowa State, 129.5-115.5. After TCU’s Ali Bleasdell and Gabrijela Korac finished first and third in the 200 IM, respectively, Iowa State needed to take first and second in the 400 freestyle relay to win the meet.
Sorenson said the Cyclones split their relay team in hopes of accomplishing just that. TCU again took first and third with Iowa State’s relay team of Amanda Paulson, Brooke Evensen, Elizabeth Kleiner, and Townsend finishing in second with a time of 3:30.73.
Senior captain Alex Gustafson said that Iowa State and TCU might develop a friendly rivalry in years to come after a close matchup in the first meeting between the two teams. After tonight’s loss, Gustafson said that she and her teammates need to return to work and push themselves a little harder.
“It’s disappointing. We really wanted to win, but if anything else it’s motivation,” Gustafson said. “We’ll be ready for them next time.”
The Cyclones have a weekend off before heading to Topeka, Kan. for the Kansas Invitational on Nov. 22-24.