Wistey Represents Iowa State at NCAA Championships
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Iowa State senior Imelda Wistey has already established herself as the fastest breaststroker in school history, but the West Des Moines native plans to cement her Cyclone legacy this weekend at the NCAA Championships. Competing in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Wistey hits the pool on Friday morning at the University Aquatics Center on the University of Minnesota campus for time trials.
According to Wistey, this weekend is about representing her program and enjoying her time on a national stage.
“I’m so honored to be representing Iowa State. No matter how I do, I will do my best and just enjoy my experience.” Wistey said. “I’m coming in with no expectations because this is such a huge meet. I would like to make the top-16, but just swimming here is a huge accomplishment for me, and I’m happy that I can do it as a Cyclone.”
After transferring to Iowa State from Grinnell College following her freshman year, Wistey has made the most of her three seasons in the Cardinal and Gold. The 2014 First Team All-Big 12 swimmer has notched 68 career first place finishes along with 86 top-three finishes for the Cyclones, while tackling school records in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.46) and 200 breaststroke (2:13.76).
With Wistey’s sights set on a top-16 finish in both events, Iowa State head swimming coach Duane Sorenson said his top breaststroker will be focused on resetting her school records.
“Ideally we would like to see her place in the top-16 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke,” Sorenson said. “Every swimmers’ goal is to go out and swim her best. If she could go out and swim a personal best in each race, that would be fantastic.”
Soon after the Big 12 Conference Championships in Austin, Texas nearly three weeks ago, Wistey returned to the water to prepare for this weekend’s competition. According to Sorenson, Wistey has gone through a “mini-season” between conference and national championships.
“Her yardage went up in the first week, and we got some aerobics training in. The second week we did aerobics and speed workouts,” Sorenson said. “This week we have worked in speed and rest.”
Wistey will be in the water for 100 and 200 breaststroke time trials at 11 a.m. CST Friday and Saturday, respectively, with finals to kicking off at 7 p.m. CST each evening.