Cyclones Place Two in Top-16 at Iowa Invitational
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State diving squad wrapped up day one of the Iowa Invitational today as two of the Cyclone divers finished in the top-16 of the prelim heat of the 1-meter event.
While Iowa State will not be represented in the finals, senior Jessica Henderson missed the cut by just 27.95 points. After beginning the day with high hopes, head coach Jeff Warrick expects his team to rebound on day two of the invitational. While he didn’t receive the results he was looking for, Warrick said that he was happy with what he saw from his team.
“They had some good dives that I was very happy with. I saw some things that we have been working on in practice, but then we had some things that did not go as well,” Warrick said. “They are giving good effort, and I really feel that we are on the right track.”
Henderson was the top Cyclone performer today with a 226.55 point 1-meter board, placing 13th overall in prelims. Elyse Brouillette finished just fewer than three points behind her teammate with a score of 223.60, good enough for a 16th place finish.
With two days and two events left in the Iowa Invitational, the Cyclone divers have time to recover from a slow start. Warrick, who expected higher scores from his squad, looks for all four of his divers to post better finishes on day two.
“Today’s performance will take their nerves out of it,” Warrick said. “They want to come in here and do their best, and as a coach, that’s what we want to do as well. I have to try to figure out how to prepare them to do that on day two.”
The Iowa State freshman divers continue to follow the road to improvement, according to Warrick. Cyclone newcomers Rebecca Stochl and Julie Dickinson posted 22nd and 23rd place finishes, respectively. Stochl’s score of 194.35 is just five points off of her personal best on the 1-meter board.
Warrick is happy to see his freshman gain valuable experience during the first invitational event of their young careers.
“They are gaining great experience,” Warrick said. “It was as good day for them in that regard.”
The Cyclones will return to action tomorrow at the University Aquatic Center for the 3-meter event.