Brouillette, Henderson Finishes 6th, 8th at Iowa
AMES, Iowa – Two Iowa State divers advanced to finals in the 3-meter diving event at the Iowa Invitational today as senior Jessica Henderson and sophomore Elyse Brouillette led the Cyclones in scoring. Henderson (214.00) and Brouillette (297.00) notched 8th and 6th place finishes.
After finishing 13th and 16th in the 1-meter diving event on day one, respectively, Henderson and Brouillette made the necessary adjustments to advance past the prelim heat on the second day of competition. According to Brouillette, she and her teammates had to shake of a little rust after a month-long layoff leading up to the Iowa Invitational.
“Coach talked to us and told each of us that we had good dives, even though we couldn’t put it all together,” Brouillette said. “It has been a while since we have had a meet, and this it he first invitational of the year.”
With a slow start on day one, the Cyclone divers were able to prepare for the 3-meter event without nerves getting into the way, according to head diving coach Jeff Warrick. Iowa State’s 2012-13 most valuable diver competed like she had something to prove on day two.
“I went into today thinking that I had nothing to lose; I was just looking to have fun,” Brouillette said. “I wanted to redeem myself a little, too.”
Regardless of the numbers, Warrick strives to maintain a certain level of positivity throughout his squad, he claims. The Iowa State divers were prepared to have fun as well as compete today, according to Henderson, a veteran leader.
“We just all wanted to have fun and have a good time on 3-meter,” Henderson said. “We were all ready to support each other and cheer on our teammates throughout the meet. It was a lot more positive and fun than yesterday.”
With this weekend’s event being the first invitational of the year for the Cyclones, they will continue to lean on each other throughout competition tomorrow. Henderson plans to keep her team focused as they prepare for platform dives on day three.
“We have had two long days of diving and we are ready for a third,” Henderson said. “We are all feeling a little worn out and tired, and we are going to need each other to get up and have fun. I will try to lead our team the best that I can, being the only senior.”
The Cyclones will return to action for the final day of the Iowa Invitational tomorrow at the University Aquatic Center of Iowa City. Women’s platform diving prelims will begin at 12:00 p.m. with finals directly following.