A Family Tradition: Elyse Brouillette grew up a Cyclone

Cassidy Miller )

Elyse Brouillette has Cyclone Power in her blood, ask anyone. Starting with her parents, and stemming to her brother, sister and an alumni sibling and two cousins, Elyse’s family embodies Cyclone Nation. Brouillette grew up on the Iowa State campus, visiting for sporting events year after year, fostering a love for Iowa State.

“One of the main reasons was my parents came here,” Brouillette said. “I had come here so much as a kid, I fell in love with the campus as a kid, before I was even looking at schools. So, coming back here was like revisiting my childhood.”

Brouillette grew up in Omaha, Neb., and went to Marian High School. Now, in her senior year at ISU studying kinesiology and health, the diver has excelled in the pool and out of the water. In her second year as team captain, Brouillette recently won the Big 12 Diver of the Week, and All-Big 12 First-Team on the platform, as well as All-Big 12 Second-Team on the One Meter board for the third year in a row.

Brouillette credits her Cyclone achievements to the support of her team, and her family, who comes to as many meets as possible, with as many family members as possible.

Head diving coach Jeff Warrick has coached Elyse all four years of her Cyclone career.

“She’s always shown she loves Iowa State,” Warrick said. “Even when she came on recruiting trip, how she felt comfortable here [at Iowa State] because she’d been to games, and football games, and it was just exciting because it wasn’t just a place to go. She wanted to be here.”

Brouillette not only loves Iowa State, but encourages her teammates to as well. Warrick says Brouillette and the other swimmers and divers go to as many ISU sporting events as possible, always decked out in cardinal and gold.

“Coming here, I haven’t regretted it once,” Brouillette said. “It’s just really awesome to have [this] tradition.”