Three big takeaways: Swim and Dive falls again to Nebraska


Iowa State swim and dive head coach Duane Sorenson talks with a Cyclone swimmer during the Cyclones’ meet against Nebraska on Oct. 30.

Anthony Hanson

Iowa State swimming and diving took on its first big challenge of the 2021 season at home against Nebraska on Saturday and faced a familiar result.

Iowa State competed fiercely up and down the lineup in the 186-114 loss. The Cyclones took wins in four out of 16 events but lost several close finishes. Going forward, Iowa State can focus on improving areas of weakness after being challenged for the first time. 

Learning to compete

Dominating wins against mid-major teams provided lots of confidence for Iowa State, however, fighting hard against high quality competition will better prepare the Cyclones to achieving their goals.

In the 200-medley relay the Iowa State team held off Nebraska by just .01 seconds. In the 200-yard freestyle, Ashley Bengtson held off Nebraska’s Milica Opacic by just .29 seconds. Lehr Thorson fought for second in the 100-yard breaststroke by .33 seconds and the 200-yard breaststroke by just .70 seconds. 

In 3-meter diving, Michelle Schlossmacher Smith placed behind Nebraska’s Sara Troyer, who broke a Beyer Pool record and took first place. 

Future looks promising

Two of Iowa State’s four event-wins came from young sprint freestylers.

Sophomore Ashley Bengtson battled for first in the 200-yard freestyle and Freshman Carley Caughron took care of first place in the 50-yard free. Caughron also swam the third leg of the 200-yard medley relay for the first place team. 

Both swimmers have impressed in their time at Iowa State and have shown their potential going forward.