Engel, Wistey Earn Titles at Kansas Classic
“Overall it was a very positive experience,” Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson said. “We were able to race a lot of events against very good competition. We know where our strengths and weaknesses are going forward, and what needs to be worked on for the big meets we still have ahead.”
Engel proved she was the top competitor in the 200 back from the start of Sunday prelims as she recorded the top qualifying time in prelims with a 2:02.54, setting up a showdown against Air Force’s Sam Laughlin who posted a 2:02.60.
The final was more work for Engel as she was in fourth place at the 100 mark behind Laughlin and Kansas’ Sonia Filatova and Yuleya Kuchkarova. At 150 it was down to Engel and the Jayhawks’ Kuchkarova, but Engel brought the closing speed with a final 50 of 30.10 to get the win in 2:01.66.
“This season, Marissa has a better understanding of what it takes to be great,” Sorenson noted. “About half way through today’s race, she made a decision that she wanted to go out and win it. She was able to do that.”
Wistey qualified second for the 200 breast final, with Maddie Hutt of Nebraska-Omaha about half-a-second ahead going into the final. Wistey led after 50 yards, but Hutt was able to come back and take the lead at 100 and hold a 0.28 second lead going into the final 50. Wistey showed her speed that makes her ISU’s school record holder in the 100 breast with a closing 50-split of 36.25 to Hutt’s 37.05 to win the race in 2:18.60. Wistey’s career-best time in the 200 breast is 2:18.25.
“We are excited with how Imelda’s race went,” Sorenson said. “She has always been able to take her race out quickly. Today was another example of her improved ability to finish the 200 breast and she is not far off her lifetime-best.”
Amanada Paulson posted her top individual performance of the weekend by finishing second in the 100 free in 51.56. Paulson was in the lead at the 50-yard mark before being passed by Nebraska’s Taryn Collura down the stretch. Paulson also finished second as part of the 400 free relay team as she led off for a quartet that included Savanna Townsend, Brooke Evensen and Karyl Clarete in 3:29.13.
Clarete closed out the weekend with a pair of top-six individuals efforts. In the first 1650 free of her Iowa State career, Clarete finished in third place with a 17:06.67, putting her 11th in school history in the event. In the 200 fly, Clarete was sixth in 2:08.67.
Iowa State got two big performances in ‘B’ final races. In the 200 breast, Ali Stearns blew away the field to win the ‘B’ final and finish ninth overall in 2:23.45. Her time was two seconds ahead of the rest of the ‘B’ final field. In the 200 fly, Shahar Silberman used a big last 50 yards to pass Julia Roller of Nebraska for the win and ninth overall in 2:08.78.
Iowa State’s divers will get their chance to shine next weekend at the Iowa Invitational, starting on Friday, Dec. 6 in Iowa City. The Cyclone swimmers will return to the pool on Friday, Dec. 13 for the yearly showdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series at 6 p.m. in Beyer Pool.
“Leading up to Iowa, we need to work on the little things,” Sorenson concluded. “We need to be more aggressive in the turns, and continue to balance being aggressive in our race-strategy but also relaxed so we can finish strongly. Lastly, we also need to still have the desire to reach our goals and realize that the walls we build around our goals can be broken down and those fast times are attainable.”