Cyclones Set to Host Kansas
AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State swimming and diving team (6-3-1, 1-1 Big 12) is set to host the Kansas Jayhawks (7-4, 0-1) Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Beyer Hall. This weekend, seven ISU seniors will be recognized during their final home dual meet at Iowa State.
In their three previous meets against Kansas, the Iowa State seniors have posted a 1-2 record against the conference rival. The last time the Cyclones squared off against Kansas in Ames, the Cyclones edged the Jayhawks by four in a 152-148 thriller.
"It will definitely be a fun competition because we beat them here two years ago, and they beat us at their home pool last year," senior sprinter Katie Vollhaber said. "We will be fighting for that edge to see who can be the better team. They are definitely neck-and-neck with us, so I think that it will be a good meet."
Vollhaber was a part of the Iowa State 200 freestyle relay team that took the meet from Kansas two years ago. Heading into the final event, Iowa State led 147-136 and only needed a second place in the relay to claim the meet.
The team of Amanda Paulson, Britta Sortland, Vollhaber, and Sarah Deis out-touched KU's relay team by 1.64 seconds. Sortland is only swimmer from that team not currently on the Iowa State roster.
The Cyclones are coming off a dominating performance in Athens, Ohio last weekend when they outscored Ohio and West Virginia by a combined 373-219.
"With our performance this last weekend, I expect big things. Everyone was looking good this past weekend - we're feeling good and confident," senior breaststroker Emily Wiltsie said.
With just three weeks until the Big 12 Conference championships in Austin, Texas, the Cyclones are hitting stride at the right time. According to Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson, his seniors plan to end their careers as Cyclones on a high note.
"Every senior class is a little bit different, but they want to go out with a bang, and they want to go out with a really positive experience," Sorenson said.