AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State swimming and diving team hosted their annual intrasquad meet in front of a loud and rowdy crowd on Friday at the Beyer Pool. After the cardinal team jumped out to an early lead by claiming the first three events, the gold team stole the momentum by taking eight of the last nine to go onto win 123-91.
The cardinal team took first and second in the 200 IM as junior Sarah Deis and Imelda Wistey finished with times of 2:09:54 and 2:10:47, respectively. Freshman Karyl Clarete, representing the cardinal team, out touched junior Elizabeth Kleiner in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:02:53.
“We are really happy with Karyl’s 500 and 100 free,” head coach Duane Sorenson said. “She’ll just continue to get better and better.”
Junior Amanda Paulson continued her streak of dominance in the 50 freestyle with a first place finish and a time of 23:38 for the gold team.
“Amanda Paulson just lit it up in both the 50 and 100 free,” Sorenson said.
Senior Katie Vollhaber, with a time of 1:55:00, touched first in the 200 freestyle ahead of senior Alex Gustafson and freshman Brooke Evensen who turned in times of 1:57:29 and 1:57:32, respectively.
“Katie Vollhaber’s 200 free was fantastic,” Sorenson said. “She swam a really nice race.”
On the boards, Jessica Henderson outscored the rest of the field in both events. The senior took first place by scores of 91.10 on the 1-meter and 100.85 on the 3-meter platform. Sophomore Elyse Brouillette finished in second on the 1-meter with a score of 87.30, while freshman Julie Dickinson took second on the 3-meter with a score of 87.00.
“I thought Jessica (Henderson) did great on both boards,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “I knew that she had it in her; that competitiveness came out.”
To wrap up the contest, Maddie Rastall, Hayley Krzeczowski, Maria Gannon, and Elizabeth Kleiner took first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:38:83 for the gold team. The cardinal team made it a close race as Karyl Clarete, Megan Childs, Brooke Evensen, and Alex Gustafson touched with a time of 1:39:04.
“As a team, I thought we went out and raced each other really well,” said Sorenson. “And that’s what we asked them to do.”
As the competitive season approaches, Sorenson’s and his staff look to continue improving.
“There is always work to do,” he says. “In the sport of swimming, you can always find a way to improve.”
The Cyclones head to Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, Oct. 12 to take on Nebraska. The two teams have not meet in dual meet play since the 2011-2012 season.