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Cyclones Claim 3rd-Place at Big 12 Championships

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Release: 03/01/2014
         
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AUSTIN, Texas – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (7-3-1, 2-1 Big 12) finished third at the Big 12 Conference Championships tonight at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center with a team score of 541.5. The top-three team performance marks this highest finish at a conference championship for Iowa State in the Big 12 era.

“It was a team goal, we talked about it and what it was going to take to get there. We wanted to be a top-three team,” Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson said. “I’m just proud of our team and our seniors for going out this way.”

Freshman Karyl Clarete led the charge for the Cyclones with a sixth-place time of 16:37.85 in the 1650 freestyle, a new school record. During her freshman campaign, Clarete tackled a total of three school records including the 500 freestyle (4:46.22), 1000 freestyle (10:11.15) and 800 freestyle relay (7:18.24).

No other freshman in Iowa State swimming and diving history has broken three individual school records.

“She has just been a solid rock throughout the year. Every meet that we go into, we can trust that she is going to come through for us,” Sorenson said of his standout freshman. “This week she stood up big, and we ended up with three school records. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Cyclone divers Elyse Brouillette and Jessica Henderson recorded fourth and fifth-place finishes with scores of 251.25 and 218.45 respectively, in the platform event. Brouillette’s performance moves her second all-time at Iowa State, putting her in the top-five in all three diving events.

Iowa State and Texas were the only two teams to have been represented in the finals in the one-meter, three-meter and platform events during the Big 12 Championships.

“For both Elyse and Jessica to make finals in all three events was fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for more,” Iowa State head diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “There were just a lot of great things that came out of this meet, from Jessica setting the school record on one-meter to the personal bests today on platform for both of them. It was just a fantastic meet from both of them.”

School record holder in the 200 backstroke, junior Bre Loeschke, touched in a time of 1:59.10, earning her fifth career top-10 finish at a Big 12 Conference Championship. Sophomore Marissa Engel outpaced Loeschke with a time of 1:56.93, just 0.11-seconds off her teammates record, for a second-place finish.

“Marissa just did a tremendous job in the 400 IM and the 200 back. She just missed the school record (in the 200 back), but to get second-place and all-conference when she was in the consolation heat last year is just fantastic,” Sorenson said.

In the 100 freestyle, Amanda Paulson claimed fifth-place, earning her 10th career top-5 finish at a Big 12 Conference Championship with a time of 0:50.33. Paulson’s preliminary time of 0:50.01 moved her to second all-time in the Iowa State record books.

Brooke Evensen continued her impressive freshman campaign, finishing in 10th-place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 0:51.07. Both Paulson and Evensen earned NCAA B-cut qualifying times in the event.

Seniors Imelda Wistey and Emily Wiltsie finish 9th and 10th with times of 2:15.99 and 2:17.58, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. Wistey’s performance earned her a second NCAA B-cut time – the other coming in the 100 breaststroke.

The Cyclones will be back in action tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the Last Chance Meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Final Team Standings:
1. Texas – 1109.5
2. Kansas – 617
3. Iowa State – 541.5
4. Texas Christian – 525
5. West Virginia – 480

200 Backstroke:
1. Tasija Karosas (Texas) – 1:53.49
2. Marissa Engel (Iowa State) – 1:56.93
3. Yuleya Kuchkarova (Kansas) – 1:57.14
4. Bre Loeschke (Iowa State) – 1:59.10
5. Rebecca Baxley (Texas) – 1:59.31

100 Freesstyle:
1. Ellen Lobb (Texas) – 0:48.83
2. Sam Tucker (Texas) – 0:48.84
3. Alex Hooper (Texas) – 0:49.17
4. Courtney Parenti (West Virginia) – 0:50.15
5. Amanda Paulson (Iowa State) – 0:50.33

1650 Freestyle:
1. Kaitlyn Pawlowicz (Texas) – 16:13.58
2. Kelsey Leneave (Texas) – 16:19. 62
3. Chelsie Miller (Kansas) – 16:22.44
4. Kimmy Phillips (Texas) – 16:29.67
6. Karyl Clarete (Iowa State) – 16:37.85

200 Breaststroke:
1. Gretchen Jaques (Texas) – 2:09.86
2. Madisyn Cox (Texas) – 2:10.33
3. Gabrijela Korac (Texas Christian) – 2:12.45
4. Alison Lusk (Kansas) – 2:13.70
5. Skylar Smith (Texas) – 2:14.23

200 Butterfly:
1. Victoria Cassidy (Texas) – 1:58.38
2. Julie Ogden (West Virginia) – 2:00.53
3. Hannelore Strash (Texas Christian) – 2:01.81
4. Natalie Johnsen (West Virignia) – 2:01.89
5. Ali Bleasdell (Texas Christian) – 2:02.37

400 Freestyle Relay:
1. Texas – 3:15.17
2. Kansas – 3:22.06
3. Texas Christian – 3:22.77
4. Iowa State – 3:23.62
5. West Virginia – 3:23.71

Platform:
1. Murphy Bromberg (Texas) – 386.70
2. Emma Ivory-Ganja (Texas) – 350.60
3. Kristina Hoffman (Texas) – 262.65
4. Elysre Brouillette (Iowa State) – 251.25
5. Jessica Henderson (Iowa State) – 218.45

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