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Paulson Leads Cyclones with 50 Freestyle Record

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Release: 02/28/2014
         
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AUSTIN, Texas – The Cyclones (7-3-1, 2-1 Big 12) were propelled to a third-place finish after day three of the Big 12 Conference Championships by a pair of record breaking performances in the same event.

Iowa State picked up a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.12, a new school record. With Second Team All-Big 12 honors, Amanda Paulson, Savanna Townsend, Brooke Evensen and Katie Vollhaber become the first Cyclone relay team to earn All-Big 12 recognition since 2006.

Running the leadoff leg of the relay, Paulson’s 0:22.67 broke her school record in the 50 freestyle, a record set her freshman year.

“It was just a great way to end the night," Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson said. "We have had just a tremendous meet so far – a lot of personal bests and school records – so it was a great way for those four to motivate the rest of the team heading into tomorrow.”

With a time of 1:01.60 – an NCAA B-cut – Imelda Wistey become a two-time First Team All-Big 12 honoree in the 100 breaststroke after a third-place finish in her signature event.

“I thought that she really raced well, and she kept her stroke together. I was very proud of her and what she did," Sorenson said.

Teammate Ali Stearns joined Wistey on the podium with a time of 1:02.60. Stearns’ eighth-place performance matches her highest finish at a Big 12 Conference Championship since she went 1:04.41 in the same event a year ago.

On the boards, sophomore Elyse Brouillette (256.50) and Jessica Henderson (259.25) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the three-meter event. Iowa State and Texas are the only two teams to have been represented by at least two divers in both the one and three-meter events.

Paulson earned her first appearance in the championship final heat of the Big 12 Conference meet in an event other than the 50 freestyle after posting a preliminary time of 0:54.42 – an NCAA B-cut – in the 100 butterfly. Paulson’s sixth-place finish earned her Second Team All-Big 12 honors in the event and her fifth trip to the podium on the week.

“That was just a fantastic swim for her, just to get in the top-eight and then to go as fast as she did. That was our third fastest time in school history,” Sorenson said.

Freshman Karyl Clarete continued her tear as she returned to the medal stand for the third time this week following an eighth-place performance in the 200 freestyle. Fellow newcomer Evensen recorded a 13th-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.40, seventh fastest in school history.

In the 400 individual medley, Marissa Engel posted a time of 4:21.67, moving her to third all-time in the Iowa State record books. Engel’s eighth-place performance was the highest finish for the sophomore at a Big 12 Conference Championship.

 

Team Standings (Through 14 Events):

1. Texas – 789.5

2. Kansas - 398

3. Iowa State – 361.5

4. Texas Christian – 320

5. West Virginia - 318

 

3M-Diving:

1. Moren Taylor (Texas) – 414.20

2. Meghan Houston (Texas) – 379.80

3. Emma Ivory-Ganja (Texas) – 373.25

7. Elyse Brouillette (Iowa State) – 259.25

8. Jessica Henderson (Iowa State) – 256.50

 

400 Individual Medley:

1. Chelsie Miller (Kansas) – 4:07.97

2. Madisyn Cox (Texas) – 4:09.25

3. Kaitlin Pawlowicz (Texas) – 4:14.42

4. Victoria Cassidy (Texas) – 4:15.53

8. Marissa Engel (Iowa State) – 4:21.67

 

100 Butterfly:

1. Lily Moldenhauer (Texas) – 0:51.92

2. Ellen Lobb (Texas) – 0:52.53

3. Eva Burlingham (West Virginia) – 0:54.00

4. Julie Ogden (West Virginia) – 0:54.03

6. Amanda Paulson (Iowa State) – 0:54.58

 

200 Freestyle:

1. Alex Hooper (Texas) – 1:45.17

2. Kelsey Leneave (Texas) – 1:45.41

3. Sam Tucker (Texas) – 1:45.87

4. Tasija Karosas (Texas) – 1:46.00

8. Karyl Clarete (Iowa State) – 1:48. 96

 

100 Breaststroke:

1. Gretchen Jaques (Texas) – 1:00.48

2. Skyler Smith (Texas) – 1:01.39

3. Imelda Wistey (Iowa State) – 1:01.60

4. Jordan Surhoff (Texas) – 1:01.68

8. Ali Stearns (Iowa State) – 1:02.60

 

100 Backstroke:

1. Lily Moldenhauer (Texas) – 0:51.48

2. Yuleya Kuchkarova (Kansas) – 0:54.21

3. Rebecca Baxley (Texas) – 0:54.56

4. Lyndsie Bigson (Texas Christian) – 0:54.80

5. Hannah Angell (Kansas) – 0:55.53

 

200 Freestyle Relay:

1. Texas – 1:29.41

2. Iowa State – 1:32.12

3. West Virginia – 1:32.13

4. Kansas – 1:33.05

5. Texas Christian – 1:33.36

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