Cyclones Defeat Nebraska-Omaha, 123-63
OMAHA, Neb. – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (3-0-1, 0-0 Big 12) added another tally to the win column tonight as they topped the Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha, 123-63. With tonight’s victory, the Cyclones improve to 12-0 all-time against Nebraska Omaha and 3-0 this season against Summit League opponents.
“We won quite handily,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “It was a training meet, but it was also good competition.”
As in their previous two duals against Summit League teams, the Cyclones changed the format of tonight contest to a sprint order event consisting of a 100-yard event in every stroke, 50-yard freestyle, and a 200-yard IM. Every swimmer from both teams had the opportunity to compete in each event.
In addition to racing against the swimmers of UNO, the Cyclone athletes created a contest among themselves. The swimmers’ times in every event were added for a final individual time, with freshman Karyl Clarete taking first place.
“I have never really been that confident in my sprinting,” Clarete said. “Tonight gave me an indication that I am gaining more speed which is what I need.”
Senior Imelda Wistey and freshman Savanna Townsend finished in second and third in the competition, respectively. Clarete touched first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.39 and was a part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team that finished in 1:37.74. In a time of 1:04.95, Wistey claimed first in the 100 breaststroke, an event in which she holds the school record.
In the diving well, Iowa State claimed top finishes on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Returning most valuable diver Elyse Brouillette took first place in the 3-meter event with a score of 293.25. Senior diver Jessica Henderson posted a score of 236.10 on the 1-meter board, taking the top spot in that event.
While the Cyclone divers were able to enjoy success tonight, head diving coach Jeff Warrick recognizes the need for continued improvement in order to compete at the Big 12 level.
“We are going to have to step up to the mistakes that we have made and fix those, and I am confident that we can,” Warrick said. “We need to be better, and they are capable of doing that. That’s what we are going to be addressing this week, just that consistency.”
After remaining undefeated through their first four dual meets, the Cyclones are off to one of the best starts in school history. In one week, Iowa State will put their record on the line as they host TCU in their Big 12 home opener.
“TCU is going to be very tough,” Warrick said. “I know they are going to come in ready and prepared, and we have to be ready and prepared.”
The Cyclone will take on the Horned Frogs of TCU on Nov. 8 at 5:00 p.m. at the Beyer Hall pool in Ames, Iowa.