Following day 3, ISU swimming, diving remains in second place


Senior sprint freestyle swimmer Amanda Paulson breaks the surface of the water as the 50 free begins. The meet involved competitors from Iowa State, University of Nebraska-Omaha and University of North Dakota, and took place on Oct. 31 at Beyer Hall. Paulson currently has the fastest time in that race this season at 23.28 seconds.

Alex Crowl

Trips to the medal stand were constant on day three of the Big 12 Championship for ISU swimming and diving. The Cyclones made 14 trips to the medal stand as 14 events are complete in Austin, Texas.

Texas has pulled away as expected during the championship meet, but second place is where the competition is heated. Iowa State has 413.5 points, Kansas is close behind with 366 points, West Virginia has 315 points and TCU is at 294 points.

The highlight of the day for Iowa State was a school-record performance in the 200-yard freestyle relay from the team of Amanda Paulson, Savanna Townsend, Sarah Deis and Alex Flatness.

On the day, Iowa State achieved 13 personal records and posted 16 times within Iowa State’s all-time top-20 performers list.

Freshman Kasey Roberts and Mary Kate Luddy continued a successful Big 12 Championship in their respective events.

Ali Stearns joined Roberts on the podium Feb. 27 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Backstrokers Bre Loeschke, Kaylee Kucera and Marissa Engel all made the A-final heat for 100 yards, the most from any team, and finished fifth, seventh and eighth in the event.

Elyse Brouillette carried on her history of diving success at the Big 12 Championship by qualifying for another finals, this time in 3-meter diving where she came in eighth.

Paulson captured another second-team All-Big 12 honor with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

Karyl Clarete added to her Big 12 medal count, bringing in her sixth career Big 12 Championship medal after a sixth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.

The Cyclones have one more day of competition at the Big 12 Championship starting with prelims at 10 a.m. Feb. 28. The events of the day will be the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly, the 1650-yard freestyle, platform diving and the 400-yard freestyle relay.