BIG 12 Weekend Recap: Iowa State vs. TCU & Illinois vs. Kansas

Big 12 teams Iowa State, TCU and Kansas were in action this weekend. On Friday, the women of TCU traveled to Iowa State, and were victorious on the road, 160.5-139.5. Kansas women went on the road to Big 10 team Illinois, and fell short on the road finishing at 114-186.

Iowa State vs. TCU
Full Results Here.

Iowa State had the first win of the meet in the 200 medley relay. With Bre Loeschke, 27.42, Imelda Wistey, 28.63, Kaylee Kucera, 25.45, and Amanda Paulson, 23.04, they put a time of 1:44.54.

TCU was in second, finishing in 1:47.01.

Karyl Clarete won the 1000 freestyle for the Cyclones in 10:11.15. She dipped under 5:00 in the 500 race for the win; her final time was 4:59.25.

TCU put up a 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle with Mikayla Winkler and Mackenzie Schuler, 1:52.41 and 1:54.13 respectively.

In another Horned Frog victory was Lyndsie Gibson in the 100 backstroke in a time of 57.62. She later would win the 200 backstroke in 2:03.00, edging out Marissa Engel from Iowa State, 2:03.46.

After a great split in the medley relay, Wistey won the individual 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:03.49. She won the 200 race as well, in 2:19.67.

TCU swept Iowa State in the 200 butterfly, with Catherine Rash leading the pack in 2:04.29. Rash and her teammate Hannelore Strash went 1-2 in the 100 butterfly race; Strash won the event in 56.42.

Iowa State’s Paulson swept the short freestyle races, with a 23.85 50 freestyle and 52.08 100 freestyle.

In the final individual race, TCU had the victory with Ali Bleasdell winning the 200 IM in 2:06.14. Clarete for the Cyclones was second, 2:07.46.

The 400 freestyle was a great race to end the meet. After the first leg, TCU had the lead, then Iowa State, then TCU had the a slight advantage of .5 into the anchor leg. Winkler sealed the win for the Horned Frogs, in a overall time of 3:29.81.

Kansas vs. Illinois
Full Results Here.

The first event was the 400 medley relay, where the Illini won in 3:49.94. Alison Meng, 56.38, Erica Lynn, 1:05.57, Sarah Sykstus, 57.17, and Courtney Pope, 50.82, made up a very solid A team for Illinois.

Gabbie Stecker had the win in the 1000 freestyle in 10:13.77. Kansas’s Lindsay Manning was second in 10:15.80.

Places 1-3  in the 200 were separated by less than .7, and two Illini topped Kansas’s Allison Merecka. Megan Marchuk was first in 1:54.13. Teammate Marybeth Howard was second in 1:54.51, with Merecka in third, 1:54.81.

Meng came back in the individual 100 backstroke and went even faster than her relay split, winning in 55.79. Teammate Jessi Holz won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:04.72.

Meng had another individual victory later in the meet in the 100 butterfly in a time of 56.35.

Kansas had their first individual win in the 100 breaststroke with Bryce Hinde finishing in 1:05.50, just over Illinois Lynn’s 1:05.95. Lynn came back for the individual victory in the 200 breaststroke. She finished in 2:21.06, over Hinde who was 2:23.68.

Backing up Hinde was Chelsie Miller in another Jayhawk victory in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:05.92.

Pope doubled up in the sprints, winning the 50 and 100 for the Illini. She finished in 24.15 in the 50, and 52.02 in the 100.

Gabbie Stecker returned to the pool in a tight win the 500 freestyle. Her and Miller battles, and Stecker held on for the win in 4:58.71. Miller was second in 4:59.02.

Miller had her second victory though in the 200 IM; she finished in 2:07.31.

Closing out the meet was the 200 freestyle relay, with Illinois 1-2-ing Kansas. The winning relay won in 1:34.81, averaging 23-highs.

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Amanda Smith is a former swimmer at both Indiana and USC, where she earned a total of nine All-American honors at the NCAA Championships. Smith, a middle-distance specialist as a swimmer, was also 3-time USC School Record holder, a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, and an Olympic Trials …

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