Cyclones come away from weekend with pair of wins

Travis Cammon

The ISU swimming and diving team rebounded from a tough loss against Minnesota on Oct. 15 with a pair of victories against South Dakota on Friday and South Dakota State on Saturday to improve its dual meet record to 3-1.

Iowa State won in commanding fashion, taking 14 of the 16 events in both meets.

Imelda Wistey continued to have a strong showing with first place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, as well as the 200-individual medley against the Coyotes. She also helped her 200-medley relay team place first with a time of 2:01.11.

“I’m really happy with where I am right now,” Wistey said. “I go into meets with the expectations of doing the best I can, and I go out of the meets saying I did the best I could.”

On Saturday, Wistey followed her performance with more first-place finishes, this time in the 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and the 200-individual medley.

“We’ve done a lot of stroke technique changes to her,” said swim coach Duane Sorenson about Wistey. “It’s just a whole different training program that’s all brand new, and she’s just pumped for it.”

Freshman Elizabeth Kleiner had a solid showing as well with first-place finishes in both the 100 butterfly and 800 freestyle on Friday, followed by first-place finishes in the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle on Saturday.

“Elizabeth is a tremendous racer,” Sorenson said. “She’s getting a lot of confidence in herself, and she’s working hard in practice and taking that into the meets and having good results.”

In divining, senior Sarah Norris had another strong day with a first-place finish in the 1-meter and a second-place in the 3-meter on Friday.

On Saturday, redshirt sophomore Jessica Nicholson had a career day on the 3-meter, earning herself a qualifying score for the Zone diving championships in March.

“I was really happy for Jessica,” said diving coach Jeff Warrick. “Getting her zone cut score was a really good break for her. Sarah Nelson had a really good weekend as well.”

The Cyclones will try to continue their success when they travel to Evanston, Ill., for the Northwestern Invitational on Nov. 18.