Successful weekend for swimmers and divers


The swimming and diving team huddles up before the dual swim meet against Nebraska and South Dakota on Friday, Oct. 26, at Beyer Hall. Iowa State defeated South Dakota 246-53 but fell to Nebraska 122.5-176.5.

John Barry

The ISU swimming and diving team had its last two home meets of the 2012-13 regular season on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State beat Nebraska-Omaha on Friday 192-101, then took care of Northern Iowa on Saturday for senior day by a score of 195-103.

The Cyclones won in convincing fashion this weekend as they started to come down the last leg of the season. Iowa State was able to get back-to-back meet victories for the first time since Oct. 26, 2012.

Freshman diver Elyse Brouillette continued her success off the diving board. She took home four first-place finishes this weekend, winning the 1-meter and 3-meter dives both Friday and Saturday.

“We had just a really good day,” said diving coach Jeff Warrick. “It was a great weekend overall for us.”

On Saturday, some Cyclone swimmers were able to compete in what is called the “third event.” This is an event most swimmers don’t usually swim in at regular dual meets but will be at the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 27.

“Being able to compete to our best ability and adding an event for some swimmers was big today,” said swimming coach Duane Sorenson. “Some of these events will be able to get us some nice points at the conference meet.”

The Cyclones saw successes from both upperclassmen and underclassmen in both of this weekend’s meet. As a team, Iowa State swept 14 of the 16 events on Friday night and kept the momentum going into Saturday against the Panthers.

“It was great to see the whole team rally around this group of seniors today,” Sorenson said. “These nonconference meets allowed us to perfect the little things we work on in practice and can prepare us for this next month.”

Pushing the swimmers to challenge one another to be the best they can be is key for this ISU team coming down the final stretch of the season. The Cyclones have 12 days until the next contest against Big 12 foe Kansas on Feb. 8.