Cyclones Defeat UNI, 195-103, on Senior Day
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State Cyclones (5-4, O-0 Big 12) defeated the UNI Panthers this afternoon at their last home meet of the season. The Cyclones finished the meet with a score of 195-103.
"I thought we swam really strong,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “We were trying to focus on our third events that we are swimming at conference, and a lot of our women did a really great job racing.”
In the 1000 freestyle event, Kristy Kunkel and Alex Gustafson took first and second-place, respectively, for the Cyclones. Kunkel finished with a time of 10:52.12 and Gustafson touched the wall with a time of 10:53.45.
The Cyclones swept the 200 freestyle event, taking first through third. Sophomore Sarah Deis led the Cyclones finishing with a time of 1:56.76. Elizabeth Kleiner and Amanda Paulson took second and third with times of 1:57.24 and 1:58.10, respectively.
Senior Dani Harris led the 100 backstroke event finishing with a time of 58.77. Kaylee Kucera took second with a time of 59.52, a season-best.
Iowa State swept its second even of the afternoon in 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Ali Stearns finished first with a time of 1:06.91. Marley Suckow and Emily Wiltsie took second and third with times of 1:07.79 and 1:07.91, respectively.
Tiana Wollin led the Cyclones in the 200 butterfly, finishing in second-place with a time of 2:10.44. Shahar Silberman took third with a time of 2:12.94 and Marissa Engle finished in fourth with a time of 2:14.72.
“It was great to see Tiana almost win the 200 butterfly,” Sorenson said. "I think she learned some things from that race that to be better.”
Sarah Norris led the Cyclones in the 50 freestyle event, finishing first with a time of 24.83.
In the 200 backstroke, Bre Loeschke finished first with a time of 2:07.36. In second-place for the Cyclones was Marissa Engel. The freshman finished with a time of 2:07.59.
Emily Wiltsie led the 200 breaststroke event with a time of 2:25.19. In second, Suckow touched the wall with a time of 2:26.01.
In the 200 IM, Harris finished with her second first-place victory of the afternoon. The senior finished with a time of 2:10.48.
“It was nice to see Dani Harris go out on top in two races,” Sorenson said.
The Cyclones concluded the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Hayley Krzeczowski, Paulson, Flatness and Kunkel finished with a time of 3:36.33.
“I just thought overall the whole team was really solid,” Sorenson said. “We were asking some of our women to do some different things and they did it so that was great to see.”
In the diving well, freshman Elyse Brouillette led the Cyclones finishing first on both the 1-meter and 3-meter board. Brouillette finished on the 1-meter board with a score of 260.47 and on the 3-meter with a score of 291.60.
“Elyse did a good job today,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “There was some specific things we were working on from yesterday’s meet that really were showing today.”
On the 1-meter board, senior Marley Dobyns finished in fourth with a score of 247.19. Megan Cohea and Dani Davis took sixth and seventh with score of 237.14 and 228.15, respectively. Both scores are season-bests.
“I thought Marley did another great job,” Warrick said. “What she has been doing in practice really paid off in the meet and we are seeing it so it’s a great thing. It was really a great way for her to have her senior day.”
Dobyns, Cohea and Davis took fifth through seventh with scores of 245.03, 196.28 and 195.97, respectively.
“We had just a really good day,” Warrick said. “It was a great weekend overall for us.”
The Cyclones will next travel to Lawrence, Kansas on Feb. 8 for a two-day dual with Kansas. Friday’s meet is slated to begin at 6 p.m. CST and Saturday's events will begin at 10 a.m.