Swimming and diving loses big to No. 25 Missouri

Dean Berhow-Goll

The ISU swimming and diving squad fell to No. 25 Missouri on Saturday. The Cyclones (5-3, 0-1 Big 12) managed three event wins, but still lost the contest 200-98. 

One bright spot for Iowa State was Jenny Vondenkamp. She had a solid finish in the 500-yard freestyle, placing second, and also came in third for the 200 freestyle.

“I thought Jenny Vondenkamp had a great meet,” said coach Duane Sorenson. “She had two great races, and we’re pleased with how she swam.”

Another win for the Cyclones was in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Kalyn Amundsen, Alex Gustafson, Brianna Carlberg and Vondenkamp. Their combined time was 3:38.87.

Debuting in her first Big 12 conference meet, Emily Wiltsie, freshman from Mason City, impressed coach Sorenson with her composure.

“I really thought Emily Wiltsie did well in her first Big 12 meet,” Sorenson said. “It’s easy to be rattled in your first meet, but I thought she handled herself very well.”

In the diving well, the Cyclone team had three personal bests. Sarah Nelson came in fifth for the 1-meter with a score of 272.70 and then also finished eighth in the 3-meter with a score of 223.50.

Also for the diving team, Jessica Nicholson had her personal best in the 3-meter, posting a score of 272.93. Adding another tally to the career best to the board was senior Justine Anders with a dive score of 244.80.

“Missouri is a great team,” Sorenson said, “and we had some trouble getting mentally prepared, but I thought some girls did a very nice job.”

The Cyclones will be back in the pool Jan. 29, when they host Big 12 foe Nebraska. It is also the Cyclone swimming and diving team’s senior day.