Swimming and diving give solid competition

Dan Cole

The ISU swimming and diving team took one of two meets in Nebraska this weekend, moving to 4-1 on the road this season. This marked the Cyclones’ first official competition since Dec. 9.

Iowa State (4-3) began the weekend by defeating Nebraska-Omaha (3-8) 154-110 on Friday night. The Cyclones placed first in each of the first seven events and ultimately claimed 11 of 13 top honors on the night.

“We swam solid at Omaha,” said coach Duane Sorenson. “I thought we raced really well. It was a very solid performance by our team.”

Cyclone freshman Elizabeth Kleiner hit her stride Friday night, placing first in both the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:33.59) and 100-yard butterfly (58.48). Kleiner helped her 400-yard freestyle relay team place first in the last event of the evening with a time of 3:35.19.

“She got into a good groove and kept it going and finished really strong,” Sorenson said of Kleiner.

Although the Cyclone divers did not see competition from the Mavericks, it was still a good chance for the women to dive. Senior Sarah Nelson placed first on 1-meter with a score of 246.67. Sophomore Jessica Henderson took the top score on 3-meter at 288.83.

Iowa State faced much stiffer competition in Lincoln on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Cornhuskers (3-2) by a final score of 200-100. The Cyclones have not defeated the Cornhuskers since the 2002-03 season.

“The majority of the team was a little flat,” Sorenson said. “That’s my fault for not getting them more motivated and more excited to be at the meet.”

Sophomore Imelda Wistey was one of the few bright spots for the Cyclones, placing first in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.22) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.20).

Freshman Amanda Paulson, who has become one of the Cyclones’ most consistent swimmers, placed first in 50-yard freestyle on both Friday (23.96) and Saturday (23.82).

“Wistey in both her 100 and 200 breaststroke really swam up to where she’s been training, and Amanda Paulson had a great 50 freestyle,” Sorenson said.

The Cyclones return to Beyer Pool at 6 p.m. Friday for a meet against Kansas.