Swimming and diving team looking forward to rivalry


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Members of the Iowa State swim and diving team compete in a relay race during the Cardinal and Gold swim meet at Beyer Hall on Oct. 12.

Nick Flores

After a second place finish at the Kansas Classic, the Cyclones look to build on their success from Topeka, Kansas in Iowa City, Iowa on Friday in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. 

The Cyclones’ swimming team put together a memorable performance in its last outing at the Kansas Classic. junior Anna Andersen and freshman Elynn Tan set personal records in the 100 free, senior captain Haley Ruegemer swam her fastest 1,000 free time and sophomore Lehr Thorson achieved yet another top four finish in the 100 breast.

The Cyclones are looking forward to this Friday when they face the University of Iowa in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Despite not having won a meet against the University of Iowa since the 2009-10 season, coach Duane Sorenson believes the momentum from the Kansas Classic can carry on to this Friday. 

Following great performances from the team at the Kansas Classic, Sorenson praised swimmer Anna Andersen.

“[She] really had the meet of her life, and I think she can step up and compete against Iowa,” Sorenson said.

Andersen was named to the 2018 Kansas Classic All-Invite team, as her efforts helped the Cyclones secure the second place spot. 

In terms of the team as a whole, Sorenson described the atmosphere around the team heading into Friday as very excited.

“I think this team is pretty excited about swimming against Iowa,” Sorenson said. “In the past sometimes they get excited, but they’re really not confident going in, but I think this years team is willing to take them on.”

Sorenson is confident in the Cyclone swimmers’ preparations leading up to the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series meet, and rightfully so. After a convincing performance during their last time out, the team is excited and looking to continue their fantastic form.

“No matter what we do for practice this week, they’ll be ready to go,” Sorenson said.

Iowa State seeks to build off its 3-2 start with the action beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

The Hawkeyes’ women’s swimming and diving team jumped out to a 2-0 start with wins over Michigan State and South Dakota State, but has since lost to Minnesota, Michigan and Denver, slumping to 2-3 overall.