MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, October 16. THE Iowa State swimming and diving team put up a strong effort against national powerhouse Minnesota but in the end fell 157-129 Saturday at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The Cyclones drop to 0-1 in dual meets on the season.
"Our first half of the meet was very disappointing the way we attacked our races," Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson said. "The second half of the meet I was much more pleased with how we raced."
The highlight of the afternoon came in the diving well as Jenn Botsch recorded an NCAA Zone Diving Qualifying score of 283.35 on 3-meter. The score was a career-high and earned her a trip to the Zone Diving Championships in March in Austin, Texas.
"She did fantastic today," diving coach Jeff Warrick said. "The best part of it is I know she can do even better. She put all of her dives together on all six dives instead of just five or four dives. That is what happens when you are consistent. She wasn't scoring sevens or eights but she didn't miss anything."
The rest of the Cyclone divers put up solid performances with the scores being very competitive within the team. Sarah Nelson was the best Cyclone on 1-meter with her 242.33 and second-best on 3-meter with 251.17. Warrick also praised the continued development of redshirt freshman Jessica Nicholson. Nicholson posted a score of 247.95 on 3-meter and 231.90 on 1-meter.
"Jessica has done a nice job so far," Warrick said. "She was pretty close to what she did last week and I think she will continue to get better."
Dani Harris led the Cyclone swimmers on the day. Harris picked up victories in the 200 back (2:06.85) and 200 IM (2:10.83). The sophomore also finished second in a closely contested 100 back race.
"She is getting back into her racing mode and swam a smart 200 back and used her underwater kicking to her advantage," Sorenson noted. "She had a very good race in the 200 IM and we found a lot of things that she can work on."
Freshman Emily Wiltsie continued to show promise in the breaststroke events Saturday. The Mason City native finished second in the 200 breast (2:25.96) and third in the 100 breast (1:07.67).
"Both her 100 and 200 breast she did a nice job of racing in those events and really competed well," Sorenson stated.
The Cyclones return home next Saturday for a dual meet with Nebraska-Omaha. The meet starts at 1 p.m. at Beyer Pool and admission is free.
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