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Swimming and Diving Travel to Kansas

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Release: 02/06/2013
         
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AMES, Iowa- The Cyclone swimming and diving team will head to Lawrence, Kan. to compete in its last dual meet of the season. The team will face Big 12 rival Kansas in a two-day meet which will help prepare both teams for the upcoming Big 12 Championship meet.

"We are going to do a dual, but over a two-day period," head coach Duane Sorenson said. "We will swim the first half on Friday night and second half on Saturday morning. The reason is to get both teams ready for the Big 12 format where we swim finals at 6 p.m. then get up and swim fast again at 10 a.m. so it work out really great for all of our athletes. It allows them to focus on only one or two races per session where at most meets the women are swimming three or four."

The swimmers have seen Kansas once already this season at the Kansas Classic where the Cyclones finished in fourth and Kansas took second.

"We are really looking for some great races," Sorenson said. "Last year we had some tremendous races against Kansas at this time of the year at our pool. We want to see if we can go down to Kansas and repeat that performance like we had last year and race them tough in their pool."

The Cyclones will enter this weekend after two back-to-back defeats against Nebraska-Omaha and in-state rivals UNI at home.

Against UNI, the Cyclones won the 200 freestyle event with sophomore Sarah Deis finishing with a time of 1:56.76. The team also won the 100 breaststroke event, with sophomore Ali Stearns finishing with a time of 1:06.91 to take first.

"We are just starting our taper sequence and more speed work," Sorenson said. "We are looking for people to keep improving on what they have worked on in practice.

"We are getting to the point where we have to pick our Big 12 scoring team," Sorenson said. "We can only score 18 of our women at the Big 12 meet and we are taking 30, so that means 10-12 are not going to be scoring, so they will be determining who will be the scoring team by their performances at this meet."

The Jayhawks last saw action when they fell to No. 18 Arkansas Feb. 2, 219-81. Kansas was led by senior Brooke Brull who had three top-three finishes on the evening.

The Cyclone divers also are looking forward to the last chance dual meet where they will have their final meet preparation before the championship meet.

"It's our final chance to really fine tune," diving coach Jeff Warrick said. "It's our last competition before Big 12's so our mind set going in is, how do we want to feel, and if it doesn't go as well as we would like, we can still fine tune during the next couple of weeks. I want them to go in mentally focused and emotionally read both Friday night and Saturday morning."

Friday's session at the Robinson Natatorium is slated to begin at 6 p.m. CST with Saturday's events beginning at 10 a.m. CST.

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