Cyclone swim and dive team continues success at day two of Big 12 Championships


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Julie Dickinson, junior, performs an inward 2.5 somersault tuck during the meet against the University of Illinois Fri. night. Dickinson finished first in the 3 meter dive competition. 

Allison Walters

Another successful session goes under the Cyclone swim and dive team’s belt as it took on the second day at the Big 12 Championships.

ISU came back for more after a successful first day with more personal best times, an NCAA cut and podium spots.

The Cyclones kicked of their preliminary session with the 500 yard freestyle, and continued on through the morning sending 14 swimmers and two divers to finals.  

In the preliminary session of the 200 IM, Kasey Roberts made a NCAA “B” cut with a time of 2:00.70.

Freshman Evan Hundley captured a personal best time in the 500 freestyle by a little over three seconds in the C heat finishing at 5:05.26. In the final B heat, Mary Kate Luddy took first place, Mollie McNeel took third and Haley Ruegemer took fourth place with a personal best time of 4:58.96.

In the A heat of the 200 IM, Kasey Roberts and Marissa Engel earned podium spots with third and fourth place finishes. Kasey Roberts received First –Team All-Big 12 honors and Engel made the second team.

The Cyclone divers made the finals in the 1-meter dive and collected two podium spots. Julie Dickinson finished in fourth place with a score of 291.95 and Elyse Brouillette finished in fifth place scoring a 287.95.

In the 50 freestyle finals, heat C saw Brooke Evensen with a time of 24.18. The B heat was a sweep for the Cyclones as Alex Flatness, unable to match her personal best time of 23.33 from prelims, still managed to take first place with a time of 23.42.

Savanna Townsend took second place in the 50 free and Maddie Rastall followed with a third place finish.

In the 400 medley relay, Engel, Roberts, Kucera and Flatness matched the tie for fourth-best time in program history at 3:42.92, taking them to the podium.