Steward Wins Three Events as Kansas Tops Iowa State in Big 12 Dual Finale

by Michael Hamann 0

February 06th, 2022 Big 12, College

Kansas vs. Iowa State (Women Only)

  • Ames, Iowa
  • February 5th, 2022
  • SCY Dual meet
  • Team scores
    • Kansas 180 Iowa State 120
  • Full results

The Kansas Jayhawks traveled north to take on their Big 12 Rivals, the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday. Kansas played spoiler to ISU’s senior day, winning handily 180 to 120 in what was both teams’ final dual meet of the 2021-2022 season. 

Leading the charge for Kansas was senior Kate Steward, who won all three of her individual events on the day. The Bartlesville, Oklahoma native started her meet with a dominant win in the breast, touching first in 1:01.75 to win by nearly 2 seconds. She completed the breaststroke sweep with a 4 and a half second victory in the 200 breast, swimming a 2:13.89 to nearly miss the 2015 pool record. The senior closed out her meet with a win in the 200 IM, touching first in 2:04.49. 

Steward’s season bests sit at 1:00.68 in the 100 breast, 2:11.71 in the 200 breast and 1:59.90 in the 200 IM. While she currently sits outside of NCAA qualification range in all three races, if she nails her taper at the Big 12 Championships in a couple of weeks Steward could have a realistic shot at punching her ticket to Atlanta in March. 

Kansas was also dominant on the boards, with junior All American Jiaya Chen sweeping both the 1 and 3 meter events. The Zhanjiang, China native posted a 335.65 in the one meter to win by nearly 30 points and later returned to win the 3 meter with a score of 359.55. Both of her efforts broke the Iowa State pool records, with the 1 meter record previously being set in 2016, and Chen setting the previous 3 meter record in 2020. 

Iowa State was led by sophomore distance swimmer Brinley Horras, who swept both the 1000 and 500 on Saturday. In the 1000, the Ames, Iowa native swam a patient race, not leading until the 300 yard mark, but over the next 300 opened up a 5 second lead by the 600 turn. She went on to win by over 6 seconds, touching in 10:16.80. She later returned to win the 500 free as well, but this time led wire to wire after touching in 5:00.88. Horras’ season bests sit at 10:07.73 in the 1000 and 4:54.66 in the 500.

Iowa State senior diver Michelle Schlossmacher Smith also impressed for the Cyclones, taking down the program record in the 3 meter event. The Roseville, Minnesota native broke the Cyclone program record, which had stood since the 2008-2009 season, in the prelims with a score of 348.83. 

Other individual event winners:

  • 200 free: Ellie Wehrmann (Kansas): 1:52.35
  • 100 back: Ellie Howe (Kansas): 56.50
  • 200 fly: Amelie Lessing(Kansas)/Lucia Rizzo (Iowa State): 2:04.05
  • 50 free: Keyla Brown (Kansas)/Clausia Dougan (Kansas): 23.96
  • 100 free: Claudia Dougan (Kansas): 51.65
  • 200 back: Emily Haan (Iowa State): 2:03.24
  • 100 fly: Autumn Looney (Kansas): 55.85

Both programs will now take two and a half weeks off from competition before heading to Morgantown, West Virginia for the Big 12 Championships. 

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