Wistey Earns Second Big 12 Swimmer of the Week
AMES, Iowa – For the first time in Iowa State school history, the Cyclone swimming and diving team has earned Big 12 weekly honors three times in one season. Senior Imelda Wistey can lay claim to two of those awards.
The most decorated breaststroker to ever swim for the Cyclones dominated the pool against in-state rival Iowa en route to a career night. Wistey rewrote the history books as she helped tackle four records, including one of her own.
200 Medley Relay
Alongside teammates Bre Loeschke, Kaylee Kucera, and Amanda Paulson, Wistey took down the Beyer Hall pool record in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:41.40 and a 27.79 split. The previous record, held by Iowa State’s Nan Liu, Jeli Nixt, Abby Glaser, and Lindsey Behrens, was set on Dec. 11, 2009 against the Hawkeyes with a time of 1:42.66.
Wistey broke both the ISU school record and the Beyer Hall pool record in her signature event, the 100-yard breaststroke. On March 1 of 2013, Wistey set the Iowa State school record with a time of 1:01.35 at the Big 12 Championships; it took her only nine months to best her performance.
With a time of 1:00.46, Wistey also broke the Beyer Hall pool record previously held by Texas A&M’s Ali Atkinson set in 2007. Wistey’s performance in the 100-yard breaststroke qualified as an NCAA Division I B-cut.
Previously held by current teammate, Emily Wiltsie, the ISU school record in the 200-yard breaststroke was broken by Wistey with a time of 2:13.79. Her record setting time broke her personal best by nearly five seconds.
The Cyclones return to action on Friday, Jan 17 at 4 p.m. as Iowa State hosts the Fighting Illini of Illinois.