Iowa State University Athletics

01/25/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/25/2020 14:15

Iowa State Drops First Conference Dual

AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State swimming and diving team (3-4, 0-1 Big 12) dropped their first conference matchup to West Virginia (2-2, 2-0 Big 12) 167-133. The Cyclones took the title in four races, while second and third-place finishes proved to be crucial in keeping the fight.

brought Iowa State back to business in the Cyclone's first dual since Dec. 13. The freshman from Quimper, France touched first in the 1000 free in 10:26.78, 12.44 seconds faster than the Mountaineer runner-up finisher.

The Cyclones took first through fourth place in the 100 breast, with junior (1:05.02) leading the way. (1:05.22), (1:06.56) and (1:07.11) followed to keep Iowa State in the running.

Eight second-place finishes kept Iowa State in a tight contest. Notable finishes include 200 free time of 1:53.83, .29 seconds apart from first, and Thorson's 200 breast finish of 2:22.60, .01 seconds behind the top finisher.

Prior to three-meter diving, the Mountaineers held the Cyclones to a three-point lead, 67-64.

secured her second three-meter Zone cut, totaling Schlossmacher Smith's one and three-meter Zone cuts to seven on the season. Her score of 286.65 topped her previous PR, making for the fourth time she has broken her three-meter PR this season.

Freshman out-touched opponents in the 200 back with her finish of 2:04.12. Nunes (5:03.03) had a strong finish in the 500 free to bring the Cyclone event win total to four.

Both the 200 medley and 400 free relay just got beat out to take second. The 200 medley team of , Haas, and (1:45.05) touched .36 after West Virginia. The 400 free team of Andersen, Haas, Goushchina and missed the title by just .64 seconds.

'We learned a lot about ourselves,' said head coach . 'This was the first time swimming in this pool and when we come back in about a month for Big 12s, hopefully we'll be dialed in.'

ON DECK- North Texas/UNI

Iowa State returns home for the second double dual of the season. The meet will be split into two days, beginning on Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. and continuing Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

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