ISU swimming and diving opens season with win

Travis Cammon

The ISU swimming and diving team opened its season with a 214-86 victory against Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

The Cyclones dominated the meet winning 13 of the 16 events.

“I was really very pleased with how the women competed today,” said coach Duane Sorenson in a news release. “The times were not exactly where we wanted them, but overall I was very pleased.”

The Cyclones opened with a first-place victory in the 200-medley relay, with a time of 1:49.91 with a team composed of Sarah Norris, Imelda Wistey, Amanda Paulson and Katie Vollhaber.

The dominant performance by Iowa State continued with the top three placewinners in the 100 breaststroke all being Cyclones.

Wistey led the Cyclones with a time of 1:06.42, with Emily Wiltsie finishing second with a time of 1:08.31 and Alicia Stearns finishing close behind with a time of 1:08.92.

The trend continued with another top three sweep of the 50 freestyle, this time with Paulson leading the pack with a time of 24:55, Britta Sortland finishing second with a time of 24.95 and Volhaber rounded out the top three with a time of 25.49.

“I am very happy with how Amanda raced today,” Sorenson said. “We have been working on different strokes and her stroke techniques, and her time today was her best time as a Cyclone.”

Junior Tiana Wollin continued the Cyclones’ winning ways when she saw victory in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.24 and again in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:12.15.

“Wollen was a little bit under the weather, not feeling her greatest, but she still did great in both the 100 and 200 butterfly,” Sorenson said.

Iowa State also won in the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.82 with a team composed of Vollhaber, Sortland, Norris and Paulson.

In diving, one of the few events not won by a Cyclone, Sarah Nelson placed second in 1-meter springboard with a total of 242.55 points and followed with another second-place finish in the 3-meter springboard with a total of 255.23.

Iowa State’s Jessica Nicholson finished third with a total of 227.13 points in the 3-meter springboard as well.

“The women did a great job; it was a different evironment than our own pool with no separate diving well,” said diving coach Jeff Warrick in a news release. “But we made improvements from yesterday’s meet and I think we will really do well this week.”

Iowa State will try to continue its success when it hosts Minnesota on Saturday at Beyer Pool at 1 p.m.