AMES, Iowa, February 5. IOWA State and Kansas each took four events on the first day of the weekend's dual meet, with Kansas holding a slight 79-71 edge going into tomorrow's events.
"Last year we did not show up the first night," Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson said. "I was pleased with how the team raced, it was a good night for us."
Jeli Nixt posted a pair of victories on the night, finishing first in the 50 breaststroke and also earning top honors as a member of the winning 200 medley relay team.
"This is her time of the year," Sorenson said. "She starts to get real excited."
Abby Glaser kicked off her final home meet with a pair of victories as well. Glaser took the 150 butterfly and swam the butterfly leg in the 200 medley relay.
"That (the 150 fly) was the perfect race for Abby," Sorenson said. "If she had to go one more stroke or another inch, she wouldn't have finished the race."
Nan Liu also contributed a pair of victories with wins in the 100 IM and leading off the 200 medley relay. Frances Calzada swam the anchor leg for the victorious relay team.
The Cyclones also got a collection of strong performances in the diving well. Tien Tran had a showdown with Kansas' Meghan Proehl on 1-meter, with Proehl taking the victory with a 295.12. Tran came in a close second with 289.12.
"Tien had a really good night in finals," Iowa State diving coach Jeff Warrick said. "She really didn't miss a dive in the contest. Hats off to Meghan, she is a great 1-meter diver and did a great job."
Abby Christensen and Lauren Naeve registered career-highs on 1-meter. Christensen posted a new career-best score of 266.55 in the prelims. Naeve increased her career-best score to 246.45 in the finals.
"Abby dove very well, she missed her one and a half in finals and if she would have hit it, she would have blown away her best score," Warrick added. "Lauren also had a personal best and her scores just keep going up. The team is doing great."
The Cyclones will conclude their meet against Kansas tomorrow with eight more events. The festivities begin at 10 a.m.
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