Iowa State swimming and diving team cannot catch up to Iowa


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

Yao Liu

Iowa State faced its intense rival, Iowa, in the last home meet before the new season on Friday. The Hawkeyes held a big enough gap the Cyclones couldn’t catch up to. This year’s Cy-Hawk meet ended with a score of 172.5 to 127.5.

Actually, the Cyclones did a good job in the beginning of meet. Two teams from Iowa Sate placed second and third in the 200-yard medley relay.

The team got a big win in distance freestyle. Sophomore Keely Soellner held a lead in the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, earning two first place finishes with a time of 10:08.04 and 4:54.65. Haley Ruegemer caught up to others in the last 50 yards for both distance events, taking second place in 1000-yard freestyle (10:14.77) and third place in 500-yard freestyle (4:59.62).

The Cyclones led the Hawkeyes 20-16 after the 1000-yard freestyle.

Like the usual time, senior Laura Miksch had a needed performance in the 50-yard freestyle and got first with a time of 23.06 seconds.

Iowa State has a lot of advantages in the freestyle swims. Silqi Luo took second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.03. In the 100-yard freestyle, Miksch and Anna Andersen earned second place (51.14) and third place (51.39), respectively.

Freshman Martha Haas showed her talent in breaststroke and won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.64). This time becomes the eighth best time in school history. Senior Danica Delaquis got second place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.92 and senior Kasey Roberts took third in the same event at 2:19.18.

Mary Kate Luddy only covered the butterfly events. She took third place in 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.81. There was a serious competition between second and third place in 100-yard butterfly as Luddy touched the pad .01 millisecond before the Iowa swimmer.

Ruegemer created her personal best time of 2:05.20 and took second place in 200-yard individual medley. Following Ruegemer, was sophomore Emma Ruehle in third with a time of 2:07.03.

In the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Andersen, Luo, Soellner and Miksch became one of the top-10 relay teams in school history and finished in second place with a time of 3:24.18.

In the diving pool, Sydney Ronald took second overall on the three-meter board, with a score of 279. Dana Liva took third with a 271.20. Liva also performed well in the one-meter board. Her score of 271.60 was enough to get the ticket to the Zone Championships.