Cyclones triumph over Washington- St. Louis


Emily Blobaum/Iowa State Daily

Swimmers dive off the block for the 100 breaststroke during the meet against the University of Illinois on Friday night. The Fighting Illini went on to defeat the Cyclones 164.5 to 135.5. 

Allison Walters

The ISU swimming and diving team swept Washington- St. Louis, 195-97, on Saturday at Beyer Hall in its first match up with the Division III school in school history.

After losing against Illinois the night before, the Cyclones redeemed themselves by taking first place in all but one event, and taking sweeps in nine events.

Sophomore Mary Kate Luddy took first place in each of her individual events with a time of 10:38:28 in the 1000-yard freestyle and 5:13:99 in the 500-yard freestyle.

The team got an opportunity to swim events that it usually doesn’t swim, giving it a chance to show what it can do.

“I have been swimming the 200 fly a lot,” Luddy said. “It was nice for everyone to swim something a little different.”

Diver Julie Dickinson took second place in the 3-meter dive with a score of 293.77, setting a season high record for herself. Dickinson also took first in the one-meter dive with a score of 264.60.

“I feel like everything is coming together right now. The scores I’ve gotten in the past two days are really good,” Dickinson said.

Before the meet had officially ended, the Cyclones took the win with 157 team points over Washington.

“I’ve been working on my consistency,” Dickinson said. “I’ve been working on getting bigger dives, but I think working consistency is more important.”