Takeaways: How the Cyclones couldn’t swim with the Jayhawks


Iowa State swimmer competing in the 200-yard butterfly event on Nov. 8, 2019 

Chanler Twedt

So what can we take away from Iowa State swim and dive’s first loss this year?

Well, the swim team has some good swimmers. They just might not be as good as the Kansas Jayhawks swimmers as it showed on Friday and Saturday for Iowa State, and the cyclones’ had some good times and personal best even this weekend. It just didn’t show in the win column for them.


This swim team’s strength is their divers, and Junior Michelle Schlossmacher Smith’s is one of those excellent divers on the diving broads. She had a great regular season. And now Michelle well most likely compete with other great divers in the big 12 conference championship stage later this month.

The Winning Margins

There were multiple times that Iowa state could’ve done a few things differently this weekend to get more opportunity for points that could’ve translated into another win instead of a loss to the Jayhawks.

The cyclones’ could’ve got off the starting blocks better or made quicker turns just those small things in the swimming pool that translated into more wins.


Now with the first two swim meets of the year, the Panthers and Mavericks weren’t exactly on the same level as Iowa State swimmers. The Jayhawks were Iowa State’s first real test to show this team’s true potential. like in the 200 breast where Lehr Thorson got second place (2:20.55), Martha Haas and Bryn Ericksen both with good times (2:22.23) and (2:24.11) both getting third and fourth places in the 200. The outcome might have been different there still really good performance the cyclones’ just couldn’t get enough points to beat a really good Kansas Jayhawks swim team .

We know this swim team is good, but if they want to better results in the next meet and beat other big 12 schools, if they have to get to a better start then last weekend or there going to get blown out of the water in Big 12 Championship.

The Cyclones’ will next head down to Austin, Texas for the swimming and dive  Big 12 Championship in a couple weeks from now on Feb. 24 through Feb. 27.