Cyclones Claim 20th Consecutive Win Over UNI
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (4-3-1, 0-1) picked up its 20th–consecutive victory over instate foe Northern Iowa, 191-103. Iowa State remained perfect on the road for the 2013-14 season after topping its fourth Summit League opponent on the year.
According to Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson, the Cyclone swimmers were able to “experiment” by racing in events they typically don’t compete in.
“We were able to just stand up and race,” Sorenson said. “It was fun to see people get up and compete in different events.”
With the Big 12 Championships one month out, Sorenson and his staff are in the process of determining who will be swimming in which events in Austin, Texas. Each swimmer will be competing in three individual events at the championships as opposed to the usual two – the results of today’s meet will help in the selection process.
“It’s just going to give us more information when we made the final decision,” Sorenson said. “We will sit back and analyze how each person swam and make that final call.”
After facing struggles in the Illinois meet as a result of team illness, the Cyclones “weathered the storm” to return to winning form. Iowa State sophomore Maria Gannon notched her first collegiate victory this afternoon when she out touched the field in the 1000-freestyle with a time of 10:46.65.
Coming off of a dominate performance against the Fighting Illini a week ago, the Iowa State divers rode their momentum past the Panthers. The Cyclones outscored UNI in the diving well, 22-16.
“We definitely came out on 1-meter and competed extremely well,” Iowa State head diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “We are definitely showing great signs of improvement.”
ISU’s Elyse Brouillette was the point leader for the Cyclones today as she tallied 18 of the team’s 22-points. The sophomore swept the 1 and 3-meter boards with scores of 288.38 and 290.63, respectively – setting a season best in the 1-meter event.
The Cyclones return to the road next week as they travel to Athens, Ohio for a double dual meet against Ohio and West Virginia on Feb 1.