Cyclones stop winning streak against Mountaineers, Wildcats


Member of the Iowa State Swim team swims laps during practice Dec. 05 in Beyer Hall. 

Yao Liu

The Iowa State swim and dive team traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia, for a tough dual meet with West Virginia and Villanova.

The Cyclones lost 160-140 to the Mountaineers and 180-120 to the Wildcats and stopped a winning streak against the Mountaineers since the 2013-14 season.

The Cyclones started the day off with a third place finish in the 400-medley relay. Kasey Roberts, Martha Haas, Mary Kate Luddy and Laura Miksch finished with a time of 3:54.04.

Sophomore Keely Soellner (10:22.56) got second place in the 1000-yard free. Junior Haley Ruegemer took fifth with a time of 10:25.64, with the third to fifth place swimmers all within .14 second of one another.

Senior swimmers got several second places in different events. Silqi Luo placed second in 200-yard free at 1:51.79. A pair of second place finishes were finished by Miksch and Luddy in 50-yard free and 200-yard fly.

Like the same dual meet two years ago, the 100-yard breaststroke was a huge event for the Cyclones as Roberts took first place finishing with a time of 1:06.26. Senior Danica Delaquis took second place at 1:06.32.

Delaquis also took second place in 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.84.

Over in the diving pool, Sydney Ronald performed well, taking first in the three-meter board and second in one-meter board. She helped Iowa State win more points to catch the other two teams.

Another diver, Dana Liva placed third on the three-meter board and fifth on the one-meter board.

The last essential event of the meet was the 200-yard free relay, Iowa State finished in third.