Just keep swimming

John Barry

Cyclone swimmers, divers and coaches alike all realize there is work to be done after this past weekend’s meet against Kansas. 

Iowa State could not find a way to get the first place finishes like they were able to do against the likes of Northern Iowa and Nebraska-Omaha. Amanda Paulson was the only Cyclone swimmer able to win her event, the 50 freestyle, with a time of 23.49 seconds.

“On Friday night we didn’t swim quite as well as we wanted to,” said coach Duane Sorenson. “But Saturday morning we really did a nice job of competing and racing to what we are capable of doing.”

The ISU loss was to the hands of a Kansas team that was just coming off of a large defeat to No. 6 ranked Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Jayhawks the weekend before by a score of 219-81. The Jayhawks would find no trouble in avenging that loss.

“We still need to work on our consistency,” said diving coach Jeff Warrick.  “Marley had a really solid weekend.”

Senior diver Marley Dobyns was able to pad some of her recent successes to compliment freshman diver Elyse Brouillette with a personal best score and second place finish on the 1-meter board. However, neither diver was able to get the first place points this weekend.

“We need our women to focus on their strengths as well as focus on their weaknesses for these next two weeks,” Sorenson said. “We will focus on swimming fast but putting less effort into our swims, we call it easy-speed.  Maximum effort so that we can finish our races with endurance.”

Swimmers Dani Harris and Amanda Paulson have made significant strides, Sorenson said. The goals for conference remain for each and every swimmer to reach that P.R. time in their respective events.

“As a coach you want every swim, and every swimmer to get 100 percent lifetime best,” Sorenson said. “We can only control what happens in our lanes and let the results speak for themselves.”