Cyclones fall to the Hawkeyes, 165-135
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (3-2-1, 0-1 Big 12) fell to instate rival Iowa (5-2, 2-2 Big 10) tonight, 165-135. In typical Cy-Hawk fashion, the meet was a back-and-forth, heavy weight battle with the lead changing hands six times throughout the contest.
Iowa State’s senior diver Jessica Henderson claimed a third place finish in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 293.02 to push the meet to a 75-75 tie after eight events. Later in the meet, Iowa’s Becky Stoughton (4:50.92) out touched Iowa State’s standout freshman Karyl Clarete (4:52.17) to give the Hawkeyes a 116-110 lead.
Regardless of the result, Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson is pleased with his team’s performance in the rivalry matchup.
“I was very pleased with their effort,” Sorenson said. “I thought we went out and raced in every event, and we put on a tremendous show for the fans. I know our women were doing their best and swimming their fastest, they were just a little bit faster.”
Tonight’s big stage produced big time performances from both teams. A total of seven records were broken in tonight's meet, five of them belonging to the Cyclones.
Iowa State senior Imelda Wistey claimed three of those records for herself. With a time of 1:00.46 Wistey broke the pool record of 1:02.87 set six years ago and her own school record of 1:01.35 set on Mar. 1, 2013.
Wistey then went on to break the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.79, breaking the previous record of 1:15.31 set by teammate Emily Wiltsie on Dec. 9, 2013. According to Wistey, she experienced a “rollercoaster of emotions” throughout the meet.
“This is my last Cy-Hawk rivalry meet. It’s bittersweet,” Wistey said. “I’m happy with what I’ve done, that I could make an impact, but at the same time I know I’ll never swim against the Hawkeyes again.”
Another pool record was set by freshman teammate Clarete who raced to a first place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.38, breaking the previous record of 1:49.73. Clarete’s high level of performance early in her career has caught the attention of her coach.
“The sky is the limit for her, and she is training well,” Sorenson said. “I know she’s not happy with the result and the outcome of her swim, so she is just going to get that much better. She is just a fierce competitor.”