Cyclones Prepare for Nebraska
AMES, Iowa – The Cyclones travel to Lincoln, Neb. tomorrow to compete in their season opener against former Big 12 rival Nebraska. While the Huskers no longer share a conference with Iowa State, the two schools anticipate a highly competitive dual.
“When they were in the Big 12, we were always duking it out,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “Now we’re in two different conferences, and we’re still duking it out. It’s a great rivalry for both teams, but it’s a friendly rivalry.”
Last year’s competition was one with momentous swings as each team took turns claiming several high finishes in a number of events.
“Last year it was a great meet between the two teams,” Sorenson recalled.“We would take first and second in one event, then they would turn around and take first and second in another.”
Iowa State and Nebraska have met 39 times in dual meet play, and strategy plays a major role in who come out on top. Sorenson looks to gain the edge for his team by creating a lineup that will best match the times that Nebraska will post.
“It will be interesting what kind of strategy coach Morales tries to come up with,” Sorenson said. “I’m sure he’s trying to figure out what we’re trying to come up with.”
Iowa State anticipates another great meeting tomorrow, and they key to success, according to the coaching staff, will be simply competing in each race. If the Cyclones focus on racing the individuals in the lanes next to them, the times will take care of themselves, Sorenson explained.
With a successful intrasquad meet in the books, the Cyclones look to build off of their times from a week ago. Freshman middle distance specialist Karyl Clarete had a breakout night in the 500 freestyle, and she feels that she and her team are ready for competition.
“Overall, everyone swam really well,” Clarete said. “From the feedback that I got from Duane and Kelly, I think that I posted some pretty good times at this point.”
Tomorrow’s dual meet will be the first competitive action for both the Cyclones and the Huskers. Coach Sorenson and his staff are eager to see where their team stands after a long offseason of training and preparation.
“Where we are in October and were we are going to be in February could be totally different,” Sorenson stated. “This is good chance to see where we are.”
The team will be happy to see improvements on their times and scores this week compared to the intrasquad meet; however, Sorenson knows that progress is no consolation to a victory. When asked what has to happen against Nebraska to consider the dual meet a success, his answer was simple: winning.