IOWA STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA
- Hosted by Iowa State
- Saturday, January 21st
- 25 yards
- Dual meet format
FINAL TEAM SCORES:
- IOWA STATE- 153
- WEST VIRGINIA- 147
Despite trailing through the first part of the meet, the Iowa State women were able to make a comeback, defeating West Virginia in a dual meet at home. Senior Maddie Rastall was one of the top performers for the Cyclones, placing in the top 2 in both sprint free races. In the 50 free, she was part of a top 3 sweep for her team, taking 2nd in 24.44 behind Laura Miksch (24.00) and ahead of Savanna Townsend (24.55). Rastall returned for the 100 free, but this time she was the first to the wall with her winning time of 52.88.
Freshman Keely Soellner had a strong showing in the middle distance free races for the Cyclones. Soellner got the ball rolling in the 200 free, using her front half speed to give herself the edge en route to a 1:52.80 victory. In the 500 free, she came up short behind West Virginia’s Emma Skelley (4:58.98), taking 2nd place with her 5:06.16. Skelley swept the distance races at the meet, as she also won the 1000 free in 10:22.32.
PRESS RELEASE – IOWA STATE
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State swimming and diving team completed an impressive comeback to win its fourth-straight meet against West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Beyer Pool, 153-147. It is the third year in a row that the dual between the Cyclones and Mountaineers came down to the final relay.
The score gives Iowa State its first Big 12 dual win of the season and improves the team’s record to 2-3-1, 1-0-1 Big 12.
The meet opened with a tight race in the 400 medley relay, as the Cyclones’ A squad trailed the Mountaineers’ A group by nearly two seconds heading into the freestyle leg. Maddie Rastall came off the block hot en route to a 51.59 split to make things interesting, but the comeback ultimately fell just short.
Iowa State’s first win came in event No. 3, as Keely Soellner swam to a time of 1:52.80 in the 200 freestyle. Two events later, the Cyclones went 1-2-4 in the 100 breaststroke, led by Kasey Roberts‘ time of 1:04.98. Danica Delaquis claimed second in 1:05.48, while Megan Childs rounded out the Cyclones with a time of 1:08.34.
As is looked like West Virginia was establishing a solid lead heading into the first diving break, the Cyclone sprinting trio of Laura Miksch, Maddie Rastall and Savanna Townsend posted the first sweep of the day to make the team scores neck-and-neck.
Miksch touched in 24.00, Rastall in 24.44 and Townsend in 24.55 to take the top three spots in the race and reduce the Cyclone deficit to just three points, 67-64, as action shifted to the diving well.
Team captain Julie Dickinson did what Julie Dickinson does best in the diving well, taking first place on the three-meter board with a score of 309.15. Becky Stochl took fourth with 265.85 points and Katherine Mueller placed sixth, scoring 194.90 points.
Iowa State sandwiched the day’s first trip to the diving well with another sprint freestyle sprint, this time coming in the 100 freestyle. Rastall led the way by touching in 52.88, followed by Brooke Evensen in 53.50 and Silqi Luo in 53.95.
West Virginia responded with a sweep of its own in the 200 backstroke and again three events later in the 100 butterfly. Between those came a pair of events in which the Cyclones took second and third place, helping to the keep the score close as West Virginia regained a slight lead. That lead grew to 131-114 as action returned to the diving well for the one-meter board.
Dickinson again won the three-meter competition, posting a score of 290.95 to win by more than 17 points. Her finish, combined with Stochl’s fifth-place result, pulled the Cyclones to within 16 points with two events left.
A 1-3-4 finish in the 200 IM led by Roberts’ time of 2:06.81 kept the meet within reach for the Cyclones. Her split of 35.98 in the breaststroke helped the junior gain over 1.5 seconds on West Virginia’s Morgan Bullock and gave Roberts a lead she would not give up. Iowa State trailed, 145-138, heading into the final race of the day.
With the Cyclones needing to take at least first place as well as second or third to win the meet, Iowa State’s A relay team stepped up to the challenge. Townsend, Rastall, Harper Emswiler and Miksch swam to a time of 1:36.17 to take the top spot in the race. The Cyclones’ B team of Ashton Ehrecke, Evan Hundley, Soellner and Mary Kate Luddy swam to a time of 1:38.08 to grab the two-spot and secure the meet for Iowa State.
Iowa State returns to Beyer Pool for the final time of the 2016-17 season next Saturday for a 1 p.m. showdown with Northern Iowa. The meet will be the Cyclones’ Senior Day, with Iowa State honoring its seven seniors fifteen minutes before the start of the meet.