ISU swim and dive win over West Virginia and fall to Villanova in weekend dual-meet


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Senior Mollie McNeel looks at the clock after finishing the 1000 free. Ruegemer swam the event in 10:45.43.

Allison Walters

Determined to pull in a win Friday night at dual meet against West Virginia and Villanova, the Iowa State swim and dive team traveled to Morgantown, W.V. for it’s last away meet before the Big 12 Championships. 

After the plane touched down in Pittsburg, the team was ready to get an idea of how the two East coast teams compete.

The three teams have had close times this season, making this match up a close one. 

The Cyclones started the night off with a second place finish in the 400-medley relay. Marissa Engel, Kasey Roberts, Kaylee Kuccera and Mary Kate Luddy finished with a time of 3:53.92.

Junior Silqi Luo took third place in both the 200 free and 100 free with times of 1:52.65 and 52.69.

The 100 breaststroke was a huge event for the Cyclones as Kasey Roberts took first place finishing with a time of 1:04.76. Danica Delaquis took second place at 1:07.14.

 Over in the diving well, Junior Julie Dickinson took second place in the 3-meter dive with a score of 285.35. Senior Elyse Brouillette took fifth place while junior Becky Stochl finished in seventh place.

After the three-meter diving, the cyclones trailed behind West Virginia by seven points with a score of 78-71 and Villanova 89-59.

Roberts would go on to collect two more first place finishes for the Cyclones in the 200 breastroke and 200 individual medley with times of 2:20.54 and 2:05.41.

Elyse Brouillette earned a first place spot on the one-meter dive with a score of 280.00 and Julie Dickinson takes third place with a score of 261.75. 

The cyclones pushed through the last few events in attempt to pass close West Virginia in scoring.

 With a victory over West Virginia depending on the last event, the 200 free relay, the Cyclones took the first place spot earning a time of 1:37.17.

Iowa State defeated West Virginia 158-141 and lost to Villanova 173-124. This season in Big 12 duals, the Cyclones are 2-0.