Iowa State wins against in-state Northern Iowa in first meet of the semester

Member of the Iowa State Swim team swims laps to warm up before practice Dec. 05 in Beyer Hall. 

Yao Liu

After the winter break, the swimming and diving team was facing its in-state rival Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls today. As a wonderful beginning for the new year, the Cyclones won 188.5-110.5 against UNI, keeping the winning streak in this in-state dual.

The relay team made up of Kasey Roberts, Martha Haas, Mary Kate Luddy and Laura Miksch got a huge win in 200-meter medley relay. This victory also set a pretty good tone for Iowa State.

In many events, the Cyclones commanded the top-three and achieved sweeps.

Swimmers performed well in 1000-yard freestyle. At the halfway point of the 1000, Keely Soellner, Haley Ruegemer and Jessi Storer have been leading in the pool. Finally, Soellner got first place with a time of 10:34.48. Ruegemer and Storer took the second and third place respectively.

The Cyclones’ second sweep of the meet was the 100-meter breaststroke. Danica Delaquis won this event with a time of 1:05.88. Freshman Haas followed behind and took the second place (1:06.18). Delaquis and Haas also got the victory in the 200-yard breaststroke, taking the first and second place respectively. It was the third Cyclones’ sweep on the day.

Luddy still had huge advantages in butterfly events. She won the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.07) and 100-yard butterfly (2:08.65).

The 50-yard freestyle was very competitive. In the last part of the race, UNI’s Molly Lembezeder (24.11) kept her intensity and touch just before Miksch (24.20). It is noteworthy that Lembezeder was honored as the 2017 Kansas Classic Most Valuable Swimmer.

For the diving team, Dana Liva took first place with a score of 269.45 in the one-meter board. Sydney Ronald took second with a 258.05. In addition, earlier this week, the Big 12 elected Liva as the Big 12 Diver of the Week.

In the three-meter board, Ronald took top honors with a score of 286.15. The grade also made her qualify for this event at Zones. She is the second diver at Iowa State to qualify in two diving events. Liva took second with a score with 272.65.