ISU swimming, diving achieves championship goal

Alex Crowl

Iowa State accomplished its best season in the Big 12 era, capturing a second place finish at the Big 12 Championship.

This was the goal for the Cyclones entering the Big 12 Championship and they were able to come away with it in Austin, Texas.

Amanda Paulson, Savanna Townsend, Alex Flatness and Sarah Dies solidified the number two spot for Iowa State following their second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, which was the final event of the evening.

Freshmen Kasey Roberts and Mary Kate Luddy, however, started off in the limelight at the Big 12 Championship and remained there for all four days.

Roberts broke the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke twice on the final day, ending up with third place in the event.

Luddy broke a school record as well in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing fourth the event.

Elyse Brouillette made it to the finals in all three diving events for the second straight year at the Big 12 Championship. Brouillette finished in third and Julie Dickinson joined her in the finals with a fifth place finish in platform diving.

The backstrokers continued their success through the final day at the Big 12 Championship as well. Marissa Engel and Bre Loeschke grabbed third and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke.

Sarah Deis finished eighth in the 100-freestyle among plenty of other personal records for the Cyclones on the day.

Iowa State finished 29.5 points ahead of Kansas, who finished third in the Big 12 Championship.

The Last Chance Meet is all that remains for the Cyclones on Feb. 29 in Texas.