Iowa State falls in CyHawk swim, dive bout


Emily Blobaum/Iowa State Daily

An Iowa State diver performs a dive. The Iowa State swim team hosted the annual Cy-Hawk swim meet at Beyer Hall Fri. night. The Hawkeyes would go on to win every event, contributing to the team’s 190-93 win. 

Rachel Given

The pool was calm at Beyer Hall on Friday night despite Iowa sharing the same water as the ISU swimming and diving team. The stands were even-split­­­­ — Iowa faithful in black and yellow on one side, and ISU faithful in cardinal and gold on the other.

This wasn’t just any regular season meet — this was the CyHawk.

“I grew up a Cyclone, so this meet always means a little more to me,” said senior Elyse Brouillette. “I left the basketball game last night, and I was like ‘I’m ready to go, let’s go.'”

But the Cyclones could not stop their losing streak in the series that stretched back six seasons, falling 205-95. 

Although the Hawkeyes took an early lead, they never wavered from their lead, continuously taking first place. But then, the Cyclones hit the boards. 

Brouillette took first on the 3-meter board with a score of 312.82. The Cyclones also took third and fifth place on 3-meter boards.

Freshman and new to the CyHawk pandemonium, Maggie James, led the Cyclones on 1-meter with a score of 270.07.

“1-meter is my de-stresser,” James said. “I’ve been doing it for a long time and I just feel comfortable down there.”

ISU junior Julie Dickinson took fourth place on 1-meter and Brouillette finished third.

“I felt like [my performance on 1-meter] was steady, there’s some things I could work on, but I was happy with it,” Brouillette said.

Bouncing out of the diving well, freshman Haley Ruegemer tried her first time at the 1000-yard freestyle.

“[Ruegemer] made our top-20 list in the 1000-yard [freestyle],” said head swim coach Duane Sorenson.  “If you wanted the swim of the meet, in my eyes, that was it.”

Ruegemer took second in the race with a time of 10:16:37. Senior Mollie McNeel took fourth in the same race with a time of 10:21:03.

In the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Mary Kate Luddy took second with a time of 2:01:46, just missing Iowa’s Tereysa Lehnertz first-place time of 1:59:22.

Although Iowa State was steady with second place finishes, it wasn’t enough to catch up to Iowa.