Cyclones Tie Nebraska, First Tie in School History
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Iowa State Cyclones (0-0-1, 0-0 Big 12) opened their season in Lincoln, Neb. this morning in bizarre fashion. After the scores were tallied, the competition ended in a 150-150 tie. The 40th meeting between the Cyclones and the Cornhuskers marked the first tie in Iowa State School history.
“We expected this to happen,” Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson said. “It was a typical Iowa State-Nebraska competition. We have been doing the same thing for the past six or seven years.”
After Nebraska claimed the first two events of the morning, Iowa State took first, second, and third in the 200 freestyle as Katie Vollhaber, Sarah Deis, and Brooke Evensen touched with times of 1:53.93, 1:54.69, and 1:55.44, respectively. The Cyclones freestylers were motivated by freshman teammate Karyl Clarete who was out touched by Nebraska’s Bailey Pon in the 1000 freestyle by less than .4 seconds after a near comeback effort.
“The race that really got the team going was the 1000 freestyle when Karyl came from almost a body length down with a 100 to go to almost win the 1000,” Sorenson stated. “Even though she didn’t win, that really inspired her teammates. Then we turned around and took first, second, and third in the 200 [freestyle].”
The Cyclones trailed a tight race by a score of 68-63 when competition moved to the diving well. The Huskers captured momentum on the boards by claiming the top three finishes in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events. In the 13th event of the dual, Nebraska again finished first, second, and third by taking the top three times in the 100 butterfly.
The Cyclones needed strong performances in the final two events, 200 IM and 400 medley relay, to remain in the competition.
“The reality is, we had to go one-two-three in the 200 IM, which we did, and we had to go one-three in the relay, which we did, to get the tie,” Iowa State assistant head coach Kelly Nordell said. “Our backs were up against the wall and we performed.”
Deis led the charge in the 200 IM touching with a time of 2:07.93. Finishing in second and third were teammates Marissa Engel and Imelda Wistey with times of 2:09.04 and 2:09.20, respectively. Before the 200 IM, Sorenson told his team exactly what they had to do in order to get back into the meet.
“He told us that we had to go one-two-three, and I thought we can do this,” Deis said. “We have a really great IM group, so there was no doubt in my mind that we could do it.”
In the final event, Iowa State’s 400 medley relay team consisting of Amanda Paulson, Elizabeth Kleiner, Clarete, and Vollhaber took first with a time of 3:28.89. Taking third place in the event were teammates Evensen, Savanna Townsend, Alex Gustafson, and Hayley Krzeczowski with a time of 3:34.30. Iowa State’s first and third-place finishes in the 400 medley relay ultimately pushed the dual to a tie.
In the 50 freestyle, Amanda Paulson racked up her 18th career victory in the event with a time of 23.72. As a junior, Paulson is a two-time ISU most valuable swimmer and the school record holder in the 50 freestyle.
“We expect her to win, but we know that she is just so competitive,” Nordell commented. “She is going to push herself and do whatever she can. She is the one who stays after [practice] to work on her starts and to work on her turns. She takes a lot of pride in being the fast female in the pool.”
ISU diving coach Jeff Warrick is very pleased with his team’s performance this morning. With his top two divers coming off of injury, Elyse Brouillette (shoulder) and Jessica Henderson (head), and freshman Julie Dickinson competing in her first collegiate event, today was a great opportunity to evaluate his team.
“We definitely learned some things from this meet,” Warrick said. “And that’s what we are going to be talking about this week in practice; making those adjustments.”
Brouillette, who did not anticipate participating in the 3-meter event due to her shoulder injury, finished in fourth with a score of 260.02.
Next Friday, the Cyclones travel to Brookings, S.D. to square off against the Fighting Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. The dual is schedule to begin at 6:00 p.m.