- November 10, 2017
- Ames, Iowa
- Meet Results
- Iowa State 227, South Dakota 71
- Iowa State 196, TCU 103
- TCU 218, South Dakota 81
- TCU 235, South Dakota 75
Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics
The Iowa State swimming and diving team beat a pair of opponents at Beyer Hall Friday afternoon. The Cyclones topped TCU, 196-103, and South Dakota, 227-71. Iowa State’s first Big 12 win of the season has them at 1-0 in conference, 3-1 overall. TCU moves to 2-2, picking up a win against South Dakota, but they sit at 0-2 in the Big 12. South Dakota is 2-6 on the season with the losses.
The morning started off well for the Cyclones as two 200 medley relays scored. Keely Soellner’s time of 10:28.89 in the 1000 freestyle earned her the victory in the event, while also taking second to Silqi Luo in the 200 freestyle. Iowa State took the top two slots in two more events to take a commanding 88-42 lead against the Horned Frogs and a 106-24 lead against the Coyotes.
Sydney Ronald took second on the three-meter board with a score of 274.15. On the one-meter, Ronald secured a spot in the NCAA Zone Diving Championships by posting a score of 265.00. Dana Liva came in with the third highest score on the one-meter board with a 234.90. Diving coach Jeff Warrick was pleased with the way his divers handled the many distractions that can come during a dual meet environment like today.
“It was an interesting meet with so many different teams and divers,” Warrick commented. “I was really happy with Sydney’s performance on boards, especially her zone qualifying score on the one-meter.”
Ronald, who has battled numerous injuries in her time at Iowa State, was glad to be able to secure her trip to Minneapolis early in the season.
“I am really happy to come back and get a zone cut this early on,” Ronald noted following the meet. “Last meet I was only about .25 away from it and this meet I was right on the cutoff. I didn’t even realize it at first, but once I did, I was super excited.”
Following the diving break, Iowa State wasted no time starting up right where they left off. Anna Andersen and Luo took the top-two slots, the fourth of six events that the Cyclones would take the top-two places. Freestyle continued to be a shining spot for Iowa State, as they took the two quickest times in the 500 freestyle, while also including a personal-best time of 5:12.25 from Kami Pankratz.
Senior Mary Kate Luddy had an impressive day in her own right, taking first in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. She was also a part of the winning 200 yard medley relay. She had a few comments on her team’s performance.
“I just liked our team environment today. It was really fun to be a part of, and everyone was really into it, which makes swimming a lot easier,” Luddy said.
Head coach Duane Sorenson was thrilled with his team’s performance in today’s meet.
“I thought it was a team effort,” noted Sorenson. “I think we had seven or eight different women win an individual event, and winning both relays was huge. Everyone had to step up and do a good job, taking first and second in a few events. It was spread out; we didn’t rely on one or two women to win this meet.”
The Iowa State divers head up to Minnesota for the Minnesota Diving Invitational. They will be diving platform on the final day of the event. Following events this weekend, the swimmers head to Topeka, Kansas for a three-day Kansas Classic meet from Nov. 17-19. The divers are going to Missouri’s Mizzou Diving Invite from Nov. 16-18.