Iowa State swim, dive team celebrating senior weekend

a member of the Iowa State Swim and Dive Team swimming the 100 backstroke during their duel meet against the Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 2 at Beyer Hall.

Yao Liu

The Iowa State swimming and diving team lost the meet against Kansas by a score of 178.5-121.5. 

The meet was split into Friday night and Saturday morning to simulate the Big 12 Championship.

Despite the loss to Jayhawks as a whole, the diving team had an impact in this meet.

Redshirt sophomore Dana Liva took the first place in one-meter board with a score 294.30 on Friday night. It made her become Iowa State’s top 10 one-meter performers.

Another diver, Sydney Ronald, placed first in three-meter board with her personal best score 295.80. 

“This is what our plan is,” said diving coach Jeff Warrick. “They are doing a very good job in practice, working hard, just getting a little sharper, more consistent.”

The weekend was also meaningful to the senior Mary Kate Luddy, who won all butterfly events in her final dual meet.

Luddy battled through an injury and that made her race more difficult, especially in this hard meet with Kansas.

“I was kind of pained in my race,” Luddy said. “It definitely makes me pretty tired.”

However, Luddy dominated in her performances.

At the two-day meet, she placed first in 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.76 and 100-yard butterfly with 55.95.

In Luddy’ s final butterfly at Beyer pool, she was still shining.

“It’s so crazy that I am a senior,” Luddy said with a big smile.

In addition to Luddy, other seniors did a great job in this meet. Laura Miksch tied for the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle. Seniors Kasey Roberts and Danica Delaquis placed in second and third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

All the seniors hugged together and took photos with each other for their last memory in Beyer Hall after races. Other teammates were also celebrating the Cyclone’s senior weekend.

“[The seniors] have been the mainstay for us,” said head coach Duane Sorenson. “Some of them became top swimmers from the first dual meet as freshmen to the Big 12.”

Sorenson was thankful for his senior athletes, but also the seniors appreciated his coaching.

“We just have the best coaches, best teammates, I’m really thankful for the opportunity,” Luddy said.