Cyclones finish second at TYR Northwestern Invititational

Nate Ryan

The Iowa State swimming and diving team wrapped up their weekend at the TYR Northwestern Invitational on Sunday. The Cyclones finished the weekend in second place with 803 total points.

The team was a little disappointed on how they came out in Friday’s finals. One highlight from Friday was the Cyclones finishing third in both the 200 yard freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay.  

“We seemed to get stronger with every session,” said coach Duane Sorenson.

The diving team had four divers finish in top ten in the 1-meter led by Sarah Nelson who finished sixth with a score of 235.95.  

Saturday brought more success. The day brought continued success to sophomore swimmer Dani Harris. Harris finished with a career-best time in the 100 backstroke at 55.52.  

Sarah Norris also had a good Saturday by finishing in third place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.31.

The divers took to the pool for their 3-meter dive. ISU finished again with four divers in the top ten. This time they would be led by Jenn Botsch. Botsch finished in third with a score of 256.40

On Sunday, Elena Carvell swam a time of 25.66 to earn a third place finish in the 50 breaststroke.

Harris continued her stellar weekend performance by finishing first in the 200 backstroke with a final time of 1:59.81.

Harris also finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke followed by teammates Emily Wiltsie and Marley Suckow.  Harris performed strong despite being “under the weather,” Sorenson said.

“I had to put it in the back of my mind,” Harris said.  

Norris also stayed successful with a first place finish in the 50 backstroke. Norris swam the event in 26.72.  

The diving teams participated in platform diving on Sunday. ISU dominated by having six divers finishing in the top ten, including Sarah Nelson taking first place with a score of 245.90.

“She was phenomenal,” said diving coach Jeff Warrick. “We learned we still have things to work on.”

Host Northwestern took first in the invite with a team score of 1495.

The Cyclones return to the pool on Dec. 10 to take on the Hawkeyes. The meet takes place in Iowa City and begins at 6 p.m.