Cyclones Host UNO Friday and UNI Saturday for Senior Day
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State swimming and diving team ( 2-4, 0-0 Big 12) makes its final appearance of the season at Beyer Pool this weekend with a pair of meets. The Cyclones will face Nebraska-Omaha on Friday and in-state rival UNI on Saturday for senior day.
After falling to Illinois last weekend, the Cyclones are excited to be back in their home pool after a long stretch of away meets. Despite falling to Illinois, the Cyclones saw many improvements and successful swims. A highlight of the meet was Amanda Paulson’s first place finish in the 50 free which broke the ARC Pool record. The sophomore touched with a time of 23.36.
“As usual we want them to stand up and race but they are also going to be swimming what they anticipate their events at the Big 12 Championship,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “They haven’t had the opportunity to swim those races since the Kansas Classic back in November, so it will give our women a chance to get more experience in swimming their events.”
UNO last saw action at the Grinnell Invite where the team finished in first with a total of 1,058 team points. The team saw victory in the 200 free relay as well as the 400 medley relay.
Saturdays meet against the panthers will provide the Cyclones with a great atmosphere on senior day. The Panthers fell to UNO at home on January 11th, finishing first in both the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle events during the meet.
“Both programs have very good individuals,” Sorenson said. “They don’t have as much depth though. We will have some very good races but depth wise we should be stronger than both teams.”
In the diving well, the Cyclone divers are looking forward to their final home meet of the season.
Our focus is regardless of our competition, we just really want to perform well,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “I haven’t been seeing this, we’ve had some really great preformances, but we have had some far off dives of what I know they can do.”
Leading the Cyclones for the season, Elyse Brouillette finished first on the 3-meter board against Illinois with a personal best score of 300.08.
UNI senior Bethany Hovland will be stiff competition for the Cyclones. Hovland swept the 1-meter and 3-meter boards against UNO scores of 259.20 and 263.32, respectively.
“UNO only has two divers, but on the other hand UNI has five divers and Bethany Hovland is very strong,” Warrick said. “She has done great against us before, so against UNI we are going to have to be on top of things.”
Friday’s meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m. CST and Saturday’s meet against UNI is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CST with the six senior members of the Cyclone squad to be honored prior to the swimming events.