Cyclones Fall to Hawkeyes, 108-190
IOWA CITY, Iowa- The Iowa State Cyclones (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) put up strong competition against the Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1, 1-1 Big 10) Friday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool as part of the annual Cy-Hawk Series. In the end, the Cyclones fell 108-190.
“I thought we swam really well,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “We swam as best as we possible could, but Iowa was just that much better in every event. We had a lot of personal-bests, and I am really proud of our women.”
The Cyclones saw their first event victory in the 100 breaststroke event with junior Imelda Wistey finishing with a season-best time of 1:02.09. The junior also finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.65 moving her ninth overall in Cyclone history.
“Imelda had a tremendous 100 breaststroke swim,” Sorenson said. “She just took off on the first length and nobody could keep up with her. She is only a tenth off of her personal best time so it was just a great swim overall.”
Bre Loeschke earned the Cyclones their second event victory of the evening in the 200 backstroke. Loeschke finished with a time of 1:59.49, the fourth-fastest time in Cyclone history.
“Bre just kept fighting the whole way,” Sorenson said. “She really just had a great last 50 and just drove it to finish really hard and ended up winning. Even her 100 backstroke was her personal best time.”
Marissa Engle and Dani Harris also competed for the Cyclones in the 200 backstroke, finishing in third and fourth place. Engle finished with a time of 2:00.99, moving the freshman to eighth overall in Cyclone history. Harris touched the wall with a time of 2:02.48, her season-best.
Emily Wiltsie continued to show success in the breaststroke events finishing third in the 100 breastroke with a time of 1:03.30, a personal-best. The junior also touched second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:15.97.
“Emily is right where she was last year, just off her school record,” Sorenson said. “She has a few areas where she could clean up and go a lot faster.”
In the 100 backstroke event, Harris clocked in with a season best time of 55:91 to take second-place. Loeschke and Sarah Norris took third and fourth, respectively. Loeschke finished with a time of 55.96 and Norris clocked in at 56.34, moving Loeschke to sixth overall in Cyclone history.
Sophomore Amanda Paulson finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.36, a season best. Taking fifth was Katie Vollhaber with a time of 24.06, a season-best as well.
In the 200 butterfly, senior Tiana Wollin finished fifth with a time of 2:05.70 and sophomore Elizabeth Kleiner took sixth clocking in with a time of 2:05.80. Both women recorded season-bests.
Katie Vollhaber, Bri Carlberg and Sarah Deis took third, fourth and fifth in the 100 freestyle event. Vollhaber finished with a time of 51.76, moving the junior to 15th overall in Cyclone history as well as leading the Cyclones for the season. Carlberg finished with a time of 52.35 and Deis clocked in with a time of 52.62 also a season best.
“Bri Carlberg had a great meet,” Sorenson said. “She dropped over four seconds in her 200 freestyle and over a second in her 100 freestyle, so it was great to see her go out there and swim her best times.”
The Cyclones finished the meet with a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The relay team of Kaylee Kucera, Carlberg, Hayley Krzeczowski and Samantha Fossum finished with a time of 3:29.34.
In the diving well, freshman Elyse Brouillette led the Cyclones finishing second on the 1-meter board and third on the 3-meter board. On the 1-meter board the freshman finished with a score of 295.58, a personal-best as well fourth overall in Cyclone history. On the 3-meter board Brouillette finished with a final score of 280.80.
“It was her best on the 1-meter board,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “It was a great performance. Her 3-meter wasn’t her best performance but it was still good.”
Sophomore Megan Cohea placed fifth on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. On the 1-meter board she finished with a score of 235.13 and on the 3-meter she finished with a score of 255.76, a personal-best.
“I was really happy to see her best score ever on the 3-meter board,” Warrick said.
Marley Dobyns and Dani Davis took sixth and eighth, respectively, on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Dobyns finished the 1-meter board with a score of 234.44 and on 3-meter with 220.65. Davis finished with a score of 195.52 on 1-meter and 186.75 on 3-meter.
“Overall we had a lot of great performances there is no doubt about that,” said Warrick. “We also missed some dives thought, and we have to correct things but overall I was pretty happy with how we did.”
The Cyclone swimmers and divers will next travel to Mayaguex, Puerto Rico for their winter training trip Jan. 2-10. While on the trip, the team will see action against Vanderbilt on Friday Jan. 4.