Iowa State Travels to Athens, Ohio for Double Dual
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (4-3-1, 0-1 Big 12) travels to Athens, Ohio to take on West Virginia (0-3, 0-1 Big 12) and Ohio (4-2, 2-1 MAC) on Saturday in the team’s only double dual event of the season. This is just the second time the Cyclones will meet a conference opponent in dual meet play this year.
According to Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson, this weekend’s double dual will help prepare his team for the Big 12 Conference Championships, just under one month out.
“It’s a great preparation for conference because in prelims, we will have three, four or five heats of each event, and the top eight times out of those heats go to finals,” Sorenson said. “So you could be winning your heat and be winning by two seconds but not make it to finals. So you have to be racing the clock and the heat at the same time. It’s a great preparation that way.”
The Cyclones will depart from the Des Moines International Airport at 8:51 a.m. Friday morning with a travel squad of 18 women. In the 17-year Sorenson era at Iowa State, this is the first regular-season dual meet event that his team will have flown to.
“It’s going to be really interesting because this is the first meet that we have flown to in my career here at Iowa State that’s not a conference meet or a training meet. So we’re hoping that there will be a lot of excitement with the team that is going,” Sorenson said. “We have a travel squad of 18 women, so it’s going to be our best 18 right now that are going to be going. We’re hoping for great performances just because of the adrenaline factor – this is a great opportunity for them.”
One of the 18 Cyclones making the trip will be freshman Karyl Clarete. The Canada native has made a strong campaign for ISU newcomer of the year winning 17 times in 10 different events throughout the team’s 8 dual meets this season.
“It will give us a good indication for conference. It’s always exciting going against a conference rival,” Clarete said. “I think the team will do really well. Everyone seems to be a lot healthier than what we were a couple of weeks ago. They are two pretty challenging teams, so I think everyone will stand up and race hard, including me.”
The Cyclones will carry a winning record into their last two regular season events for the fifth time in the past six years. Sorenson has his team focused on the details in order to finish the 2013-14 season on a high note.
“In the sport of swimming, we only have one shot at it. It’s not like basketball or football where you can have a bad play then turn around and have a great play,” Sorenson said. “If you have a bad turn, you’re out of the race. That’s why in practice we constantly work on them to try to do it right so it becomes engrained in their heads.”