Recovering Cyclones put perfect road record on the line


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Samantha Fossum competes in the 500 M freestyle during the Cy-Hawk series swimming and diving meet on Dec. 13. The Cyclones fell to the Hawkeyes 165-135.

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After illness limited the ISU swimming and diving team in its loss to Illinois, the Cyclones (3-3-1, 0-1 Big 12) will look for their first victory in nearly three months when they travel to Cedar Falls to take on Northern Iowa (0-7,0-2 Summit) Jan. 25.

Iowa State is unbeaten on the road this season (3-0-1), and has not lost to the Panthers since the 1991-1992 season.

ISU coach Duane Sorenson and the team believes this meet will get them back in the win column, despite uncertain health situations of key swimmers.

“They [Northern Iowa] have a few good individuals, and they will swim well. Depth-wise, they are not as strong as we are,” Sorenson said. “We are just going to go out there and swim really solid. We should win the meet, there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.”

Senior Imelda Wistey will be a travel-day decision, according to Sorenson. Senior Sarah Deis is suffering from mononucleosis and has been ruled out for the second straight meet.

“Our team was really sick through this last meet, so hopefully we’re all feeling better and back in the water,” said junior Amanda Paulson.

The diving team is coming off a performance where they swept the 1 and 3-meter events against Illinois, outscoring them 26-12 for the meet. ISU coach Jeff Warrick hopes his squad can carry the momentum into Saturday.

“We just want to continue on with what we did against Illinois,” Warrick said. “I think they just need to remember that they probably started diving because they enjoyed it. When they focus in on that, it takes a lot of the pressure off because they aren’t focused on the outcome – they are just focused on enjoying themselves.”