Cyclones finish triangular meet on a solid note after day two


Freshman Lucia Rizzo swims the 200-yard butterfly at Beyer Pool on Jan. 18. The Iowa State women’s swimming and diving team won 191-100 against Illinois State University.

Megan Teske

Day two of Iowa State’s two-day competition ended with Iowa State ahead of North Texas 227-121, Iowa State beating University of Northern Iowa 240-108 and North Texas in front of Northern Iowa 189-163.

The second day kicked off with the 400 medley relay, where the team of freshman Sophia Goushchina, junior Lehr Thorson, sophomore Lucia Rizzo and senior Anna Andersen took first place with a time of 3:50.34. Iowa State also took second in the event with the team of sophomore Emily Haan, junior Martha Haas, junior Wyli Erlechman and senior Emma Ruehle.

The multiple heat format continued in day two, when the swimmers competed against not only each other but also the clock as well. In the 100-yard freestyle, Goushchina placed first with a time of 52.77, beating out the time of the first place finisher in a different heat.

Thorson took home first place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.76. The race went down to the last length, when Thorson and the runner-up, Northern Iowa’s Moriah Ross, were neck-and-neck, and Thorson touched the wall first. Thorson beat Ross by 0.09 hundredths of a second.

The 100-yard butterfly looked like a Northern Iowa swimmer would take it in the beginning, until the last length when freshman Trinity Gilbert and Erlechman both passed her to take the one and two spot, respectively. Gilbert finished with a time of 58.09 and Erlechman finished with 58.50. The UNI swimmer came in third with 58.85.

Cyclone diving also had another strong day with freshman Jayna Misra coming in first place, scoring a combined 280.60, and sophomore Michelle Schlossmacher Smith coming in second with a combined score of 269.50. Misra also notched another zone cut. 

The meet closed out with the 200 freestyle relay, where it came down to it between Iowa State and North Texas. Iowa State’s relay team of Andersen, Haas, Goushchina and junior Emma Sass came away with the victory, 0.23 hundredths of a second before the North Texas relay team. 

The Cyclones will have their final dual meet of the season Friday and Saturday at home against Kansas. The meet will begin 6 p.m. Friday and continue 10 a.m. Saturday.