ISU swimming, diving hopes to bounce back after close loss

Alex Crowl

The ISU swimming and diving team will take on the South Dakota Coyotes (1-2, 0-0 Summit) to continue the ISU home stand at Beyer Hall.

Iowa State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) is coming off a victory against SDSU and a narrow loss against rival Nebraska this last weekend.

Junior Marissa Engel finished first in both the 100 and 200 backstroke this past weekend against Nebraska and discussed where the team is at for the Oct. 24 meet.

“We just came off a really good meet and a really emotional meet,” Engel said. “I think the girls are really anxious to get after their times again and make sure they are doing everything they can do their best after we just swam our hearts out but it wasn’t enough.”

Shahar Silberman also has a good feel for where the team is at for the meet against South Dakota.

“We know we are really strong right now,” Silberman said. “We are all disappointed on the outcome of the Nebraska meet, and we look forward to looking better and improving more and more. We are doing an awesome job in and outside the water, and everyone is holding each other accountable to keep moving forward and be better everyday.”

Head swimming coach Duane Sorenson was disappointed with the outcome of the Nebraska meet this past weekend, but is looking forward to the upcoming meet on Oct. 24.

“South Dakota has a couple good individuals,” Sorenson said. “We will have a few good races, but depth-wise they are more like SDSU.”

Sorenson also had some thoughts on the Nebraska meet and improvements that his team hopes to make early on in this season.

“I thought the first half of the meet against Nebraska we were on fire,” Sorenson said. “I think too many people on our team just thought, ‘oh we have this won’ and not realizing how fast the meet can swing and go back the other way. Then when the pressure came on we had some people that didn’t perform. That’s something we’re talking about: being more mentally tough when the going gets tough.”