ISU adds another win to Duane Sorenson undefeated record against Omaha


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Iowa State Women’s Swimming and Diving against swimming and diving alumni on Oct. 2.

Rachel Given

The ISU swimming and diving team continues to be undefeated against the Summit League’s Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, winning, 139-85.

“[Omaha] has some really good individuals, so we try to race them,” said head coach Duane Sorenson on preparing for this meet each year. “And then looking at our own [swimmers], and racing them against each other, and we just try to fine tune our technique.”

The meet started strong for Iowa State as the Cyclones took first place in the first three events.

Freshman Guy Shilon took first place in the 100-yard backstroke followed by senior Marissa Engel taking second place. In the 1000-yard freestyle, newcomer senior Mollie McNeel took first by 4.88 seconds with a time of 10 minutes 40.51 seconds and junior Karyl Clarete followed with a time of 10 minutes 45.39 seconds.

“It was good, it felt really good, just being tired and being able to pull it out, I was really happy with it,” McNeel said.

After five races, the Cyclones were ahead 76-19 in points. The team finished first in the first five events before Natalie Renshaw of Omaha broke the streak in the 50-yard freestyle.

Iowa State dominated in 3-meter diving, locking in both first and second places, boosting the score difference against Omaha. Junior Julie Dickinson took first place, scoring 257.63 points with senior Elyse Brouillette not far behind with a score of 253.27 points

Freshman Maggie James was too close to the board in her last dive of the 3-meter competition, hitting her feet on the board. James recovered and competed in the 1-meter diving round scoring 239.24 points.

Dickinson took first place again in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 253.58, almost matching her score of 260.77 in the previous meet against Nebraska.

Shilon took home another first-place finish in the 200 yard backstroke race with a time of 2:03:13 followed by Engel taking second again with 2:07:73. After 11 events, the Cyclones were leading 130-76.

“I think we swam really solid, I think a lot of people swam better than they did three weeks ago,  and they did some of the little things correctly; the turns, the starts, strategy, breathing patterns,” said assistant coach Kelly Nordell. “I wasn’t dissatisfied with how they did at all.”

Iowa State is now 14-0 against Omaha.