ISU swim and dive team finishes up Big 12’s with third place finish


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Elyse Brouillette, senior, prepares to perform a dive during the meet against the University of Illinois Fri. night. 

Allison Walters

The ISU swim and dive team knocked out yet another record-breaking day at the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas.

The Cyclones wrap up their biggest meet of the season with an outstanding performance.  ISU finished its stellar performances with a third place finish overall and tallied a total of 570.5 team points.

To accompany the collection of personal bests, NCAA cuts and finalists, three divers were sent to finals, which is the most in school history.

Kicking off the last round of finals was the 200-back, where Marissa Engel recieved Second-Team All-Big 12 honors and cut .61 seconds off of her prelim time finishing at 1:57.26.

In the 100 free, Ashton Ehrecke broke her career-best time from prelims at 52.03 in the C heart. In the B heat, Alex Flatness took first place with a time of 50.89, which is a career best for the senior. 

Brooke Evensen took second place in the same heat with a time of 51.44. In the A heat, Silqi Luo took seventh place with a personal record time of 51.12.

Freshman distance swimmer Haley Ruegemer swam her first ever 1650-yard freestyle and made quite the first impression after receiving Second-Team All-Big 12 Honors. Senior Mollie McNeel also earned Second-Team All-Big 12 honors with a time of 16:59.29.

In the 200 breast B heat, Danica Delaquis took first with a time of 2:16.77, just .13 seconds from her record time set at the 2015 Big 12 Championship. In heat A, Kasey Roberts swam a 2:15.29 earning her another Second-Team All-Big 12 honor. Including tonight’s honor, Roberts has collected six All-Big 12 honors.

With three podium spots, the Cyclone divers finish fifth, sixth and eighth in the platform finals. Elyse Brouillette scored a 236.50, Julie Dickinson 222.90 and Becky Stochl 203.20. All three divers had season high scores and for Stochl and Dickinson, all-time best scores.

The Cyclones went out with a bang in the last event of the four-day meet. Savanna Townsend, Silqi Luo, Kasey Roberts and Alex Flatness tagged the touchpad at 3:22.93, making them the fastest 400-free relay in Iowa State history.