Cyclones Finish Big 12 Championships in Fifth
AUSTIN, Texas- The Iowa State Cyclone swimming and diving team finished fifth at the Big 12 Championship meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The Cyclones finished the meet with a score of 486.5. Hosts Texas took the Big 12 title with a score of 1,051.
“In our morning session, our women swam very fast and we had a lot of personal-bests,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. "But unfortunately, the swims were not fast enough. We had a lot of ninth-place swimmers and not enough people getting into finals which cost us fourth-place and the shot at catching up with TCU. Overall though, it was a great meet.”
Bre Loeschke led the Cyclones in the 200 backstroke finals placing second with a NCAA “B” cut time of 1:56.90 after finishing prelims with a new school record of 1:56.82.
“Bre had the swim of the day when she set the school record in the prelims and then in finals getting second place," Sorenson said. "Last year, she was just a consolation swimmer so it was great to see that.”
Dani Harris finished fifth overall in the championship heat with a time of 1:57.94. Also scoring points for the Cyclones was Marissa Engel who placed 10th with a time of 1:59.69, a personal-best that moves her fourth overall in the Iowa State record books.
Katie Vollhaber led Iowa State in the 100 freestyle, finishing 12th in finals with a time of 51.52 after a successful prelims where the junior finished with her fastest time of her Iowa State career, going 51.23. Bri Carlberg and Amanda Paulson also contributed points to the Cyclones finishing 14th and 15th with times of 51.82 and 52.14, respectively.
In the 1650 freestyle, Samantha Fossum and Elizabeth Kleiner finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Fossum finished with a personal-best time of 17:17.18 to move 12th in Cyclone history. Kleiner clocked in with a season best time of 17:20.80.
Marley Suckow took ninth in the 200 breaststroke event with a personal best time of 2:17.51 to move her seventh overall in Cyclone history. Emily Wiltsie took 11th with a time of 2:17.99, her best for the season. Imelda Wistey and Ali Stearns also scored for the Cyclones taking 12th and 15th with times of 2:18.25 and 2:19.91, respectively.
Leading the Cyclones in the 200 butterfly was senior Tiana Wollin who finished 11th with a time of 2:04.37, a career best and moving her ninth overall in Cyclone history. Kristy Kunkel took 14th with a time of 2:07.13 putting her 20th in history. Kleiner also contributed points to the Cyclones with a time of 2:08.43, finishing 15th.
Finishing up the evening, the Cyclone 400 freestyle relay squad of Vollhaber, Bri Carlberg, Sarah Deis and Paulson finished fifth with a time of 3:24.38.
“As we look back at the entire meet, I was very proud of the way we swam,” Sorenson said. "We found out that we can compete with everybody in the Big 12. With just a little more work, we can be right up there.”
In the diving well, Elyse Brouillette took the Cyclones to a fifth place finish on platform with a score of 212.25. Also in the finals was Marley Dobyns who took sixth with a score of 201.55.
Iowa State will continue its stay in Austin with the Last Chance Meet Sunday at 11 a.m CST. Brouillette will compete at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Houston, Texas, March 11-13.
Final Team Standings
1. Texas- 1,051 points
2. West Virginia- 576 points
3. TCU- 574 points
4. Kansas- 540.50
5. Iowa State- 486.5
Individual Results (Iowa State points scorers listed)
1. Sarah Denninghoff (Texas)- 1:53.21
2. Bre Loeschke- 1:56.90
5. Dani Harris- 1:57.94
10. Marissa Engel-1:59.69
1. Sam Tucker (Texas)- 48.99
12. Katie Vollhaber- 51.52
14. Bri Carlberg- 51.82
15. Amanda Paulson- 52.14
1. Rachael Burnett (West Virginia)- 16:04.26
12. Samantha Fossum- 17:17.18
13. Elizabeth Kleiner- 17:22.80
1. Laura Sogar (Texas)- 2:05.25
9. Marley Suckow- 2:17.51
11. Emily Wiltsie- 2:17.99
12. Imelda Wistey-2:18.25
15. Ali Stearns- 2:19.91
19. April Long- 2:28.09
1. Mandie Nugent (West Virginia)- 1:55.82
11. Tiana Wollin- 2:04.37
14. Kristy Kunkel- 2:07.13
15. Elizabeth Kleiner- 2:08.43
17. Shahar Silberman- 2:06.30
18. Carissa Poeschel- 2:06.32
1. Shelby Cullian (Texas)- 294.95
5. Elyse Brouillette- 212.25
6. Marley Dobyns- 201.55
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Texas- 3:15.83
5. Katie Vollhaber, Bri Carlberg, Sarah Dies and Amanda Paulson- 3:24.28