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Wistey Wins 100 Breast at Kansas Classic

Release: 11/23/2013
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TOPEKA, Kan. – Iowa State got its first event win of the Kansas Classic Saturday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium when Imelda Wistey won the 100 breaststroke. The Cyclones remain second in the team standings with 523 points, in pursuit of hosts Kansas who lead with 679.5 points.

“I thought we had two real solid sessions like we did yesterday,” Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson said. “In prelims, we put ourselves in good position to score points. We were solid in the finals session, but did not do as outstanding as I believe we can be.”

Wistey continued her strong form in the 100 breast. The senior was top qualifier in the prelims session with a 1:03.43, and came back stronger in the finals session with a season-best 1:03.01. Ali Stearns was also strong, finishing third in 1:05.57.

“Imelda really wanted to win the race and get a season-best time,” Sorenson noted. “She took control in the first 25 and kept pulling away from the field.”

Wistey helped propel Iowa State to a second place finish in the 200 medley relay as the team of Bre Loeschke, Wistey, Amanda Paulson and Savanna Townsend finished second in 1:45.03.

Karyl Clarete continues to put a dent into the Iowa State record books early in her career as the freshman finished second in the 200 free in 1:50.40. Clarete was in a head-to-head battle with Morgan Sharp of Kansas throughout the entire race with Sharp getting the touch at the wall in 1:50.36. The time makes her the sixth-fastest Cyclone in school history for the event.

“Karyl had a fantastic race against Morgan Sharp from KU,” Sorenson said. “It looked like Karyl had it won, but she did not have a strong finish. It was a good learning experience. She will continue to get a faster.”

Loeschke’s return to the form that made her one of the best backstroke swimmers in the Big 12 continued Saturday as she finished fourth in the 100 back in a season-best mark of 57.72.

“Bre is getting better and getting more confidence,” Sorenson stated. “We are going to keep working at it and we will get her down to the times she was swimming last winter at the Big 12 Championships.”

Marissa Engel made two ‘A’ finals for the Cyclones. The sophomore finished sixth in the 400 IM (4:33.07) and seventh in the 100 back (58.10). Sarah Deis led the Cyclones in the 400 IM, taking fifth in 4:32.96. Iowa State closed out the evening with the 800 free relay team of Clarete, Elizabeth Kleiner, Brooke Evensen and Samantha Fossum finishing third in 7:37.73.

The Cyclones wrap up competition tomorrow with 9 a.m. prelims in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. Finals begin at 3 p.m. and will include the 1650 free and the 400 free relay.
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