Iowa State faced its intense rival, Iowa, in the last home meet before the new season on Friday. The Hawkeyes held a big enough gap the Cyclones couldn't catch up to. This year’s Cy-Hawk meet ended with a score of 172.5 to 127.5.
Actually, the Cyclones did a good job in the beginning of meet. Two teams from Iowa Sate placed second and third in the 200-yard medley relay.
The team got a big win in distance freestyle. Sophomore Keely Soellner held a lead in the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, earning two first place finishes with a time of 10:08.04 and 4:54.65. Haley Ruegemer caught up to others in the last 50 yards for both distance events, taking second place in 1000-yard freestyle (10:14.77) and third place in 500-yard freestyle (4:59.62).
The Cyclones led the Hawkeyes 20-16 after the 1000-yard freestyle.
Like the usual time, senior Laura Miksch had a needed performance in the 50-yard freestyle and got first with a time of 23.06 seconds.
Iowa State has a lot of advantages in the freestyle swims. Silqi Luo took second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.03. In the 100-yard freestyle, Miksch and Anna Andersen earned second place (51.14) and third place (51.39), respectively.
Freshman Martha Haas showed her talent in breaststroke and won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.64). This time becomes the eighth best time in school history. Senior Danica Delaquis got second place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.92 and senior Kasey Roberts took third in the same event at 2:19.18.
Mary Kate Luddy only covered the butterfly events. She took third place in 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.81. There was a serious competition between second and third place in 100-yard butterfly as Luddy touched the pad .01 millisecond before the Iowa swimmer.
Ruegemer created her personal best time of 2:05.20 and took second place in 200-yard individual medley. Following Ruegemer, was sophomore Emma Ruehle in third with a time of 2:07.03.
In the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Andersen, Luo, Soellner and Miksch became one of the top-10 relay teams in school history and finished in second place with a time of 3:24.18.
In the diving pool, Sydney Ronald took second overall on the three-meter board, with a score of 279. Dana Liva took third with a 271.20. Liva also performed well in the one-meter board. Her score of 271.60 was enough to get the ticket to the Zone Championships.