ISU swimming and diving competing in unique meet at home this weekend

Rachel Given

ISU swim and dive coach Duane Sorenson has the chance to hit triple digits in career wins this weekend at home.

Texas Christian and South Dakota are bringing both of their men’s and women’s teams to Ames.

The Cyclones are hot coming off their first home meet win last weekend. Freshman Maggie James has tweaked her 405c (Inward 2.5 somersaults in the tuck position) on the 3-meter board that she came too close to last weekend.

“It happened, it was over, then 10 minutes later, I was starting to freak out,” said James. “There’s little divets in [my toes].”

After the accident, superstitions rose.

“Usually before each dive, [Diving coach Jeff Warrick and James] talk to each other,” James said “Before I go and we didn’t talk before the [dive] I hit, so maybe something was wrong with that.”

Warrick talked to James after the dive.

“I talked to her before the dive, but she didn’t know what dive she was going to do next,” Warrick said. “So we talked about the one she just finished, and I didn’t get the chance to talk to her about the next one.”

Warrick said he tells James two things before her 403c each time.

“The two things are her head position, keeping her head up because when she drops her head that can bring her in and the second thing that goes along with that is not rushing the dive, by finishing her reach all the way up,” Warrick said.

Another stand-out freshman, Guy Shilon is looking to take first place in the 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard backstroke just as she did last weekend.

Friday night, the women will compete regularly, while the men’s teams from TCU and South Dakota will compete in between the women’s heats.

On Saturday, the teams will compete in pentathlon races. The events include the 50 backstroke, 50 breast stroke, 50 fly, 50 free and a 200 Individual Medley. There is also talk of synchronized diving, if time permits.

The meet starts 5 p.m. Friday, and on Saturday the first splash is scheduled at 10 a.m. in Beyer Hall.