Cyclones Remain Fourth At Big 12 Championships
AUSTIN, Texas- The Cyclones finished day two of the Big 12 Championship meet at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas in fourth with 175.5 points Texas currently leads the meet with a score of 318.
“I was very pleased with today,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “Today how we swam was probably one of the best prelim sessions for a Thursday morning session at a Big 12 meet. Then, we came back and had a lot of personal-bests turned in. It was a great meet overall.”
Samantha Fossum led the Cyclones in the 500 freestyle event, finishing 16th in finals with a time of 4:58.46. The sophomore improved her 4:59.90 time from prelims to place her 11th overall in Cyclone history.
Kristy Kunkel, Maria Gannon and Alex Gustafson swam in the ‘C’ finals. Kunkel took 20th with a time of 5:00.14, Gannon took 22nd with a time of 5:03.28 and Gustafson took 23rd with a time of 5:04.33.
“It was nice to see Samantha Fossum, Elizabeth Kliner and Maria Gannon get personal-bests in the 500 freestyle,” Sorenson said.
Dani Harris and Sarah Deis took sixth and seventh overall, respectively, in the 200 IM. Harris finished with a season best time of 2:05.13. Deis also finished with a season best time and moved to seventh overall in Cyclone history, touching the wall with a time of 2:04.20. Both women improved their times from prelims.
“Dani in the 200 IM, just off her personal-best was great to see,” Sorensson said. “Sarah Deis, it was also great to see her personal best time.”
Also scoring for the Cyclones in the 200 IM, was Bre Loeschke, who took ninth with a time of 2:03.73 moving to fifth overall in Iowa State history. Imelda Wistey took 11th with a time of 2:04.64, Marissa Engle took 13th with a time of 2:05.43, and Ali Stearns took 16th with a time of 2:07.95.
Amanda Paulson finished sixth overall in the 50 freestyle, clocking in with a NCAA “B” time of 22.90.
“Amanda was a little disappointed in her 50 freestyle but then she turned around and anchored the 400 medley relay with her lifetime-best of 50. 08,” Sorenson said.
In 13th, Sarah Norris finished the 50 freestyle with a best time of 23.82. Katie Vollhaber, Kaylee Kucera and Brianna Carlberg took 14th through 16th places with times of 24.12, 24.31 and 24.39, respectively.
Finishing the evening, the Cyclone 400 medley relay team of Harris, Emily Wiltsie, Kucera and Paulson finished third with a time of 3:43.92. The squad recorded a season best time as well as moving third overall in Iowa State history.
In the diving well, Elyse Brouillette led the Cyclones in finals on the 1-meter board, finishing 4th with a score of 283.90 improving from her prelim score of 273.75.
“I was very happy with all of the divers,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “Obviously Elyse getting into finals was a big accomplishment; she did really well in prelims and in finals. It was really exciting to get fourth, which moves her second on the all-time top-10 list.”
In prelims, senior Marley Dobyns finished in 11th with a score of 234.05 and Megan Cohea took 13th with 229.75.
“Marley and Megan, I was really happy with how they both did,” Warrick said. “They may not have hit their personal-best’s but they did both have their best Big 12 Championship scores on the 1-meter board.”
Day three action begins Friday at 10 a.m. CST with prelims for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 3-meter diving. Finals are slated to begin at 6 p.m. with the 200 freestyle relay.
Team Standings (thru seven events)
1. Texas- 318 points
2. West Virginia- 217
3. Texas Christian University- 181
4. Iowa State University- 175.50
5. University of Kansas-155.50
Individual Results (Iowa State point scorers listed)
1. Rachael Burnett (West Virginia)- 4:38.40
16. Samantha Fossum- 4:58.46
18. Elizabeth Kleiner- 4:58.20
20. Kristy Kunkel- 5:00.14
22. Maria Gannon- 5:03.28
23. Alex Gustafson- 5:04.33
1. Skylar Smith (Texas)- 1:57.12
6. Dani Harris- 2:02.42
7. Sarah Deis-2:04.20
11. Imelda Wistey- 2:04.64
13. Marissa Engel-2:05.43
16. Ali Stearns- 2:07.95
23. Tiana Wollin- 2:08.54
1. Maren Taylor (Texas)-323.20
4. Elyse Brouillette-283.90
1. Ellen Lobb (Texas)- 22.27
6. Amanda Paulson- 22.90
13. Sarah Norris- 23.82
14. Katie Vollhaber- 24.12
15. Kaylee Kucera- 24.31
16. Bri Carlberg- 24.39
17. Alex Flatness- 24.07
19. Carissa Poeschel-24.35
200 Freestyle Relay
1. Texas- 3:32.75
3. Iowa State (Harris, Wistey, Kucera, Paulson)- 3:42.92