State of the Cyclones: Swim and dive team making a splash after successful season


We return to our “State of the Cyclones” series to continue with our final sports.  This week we will be reflecting on the Iowa State swim and dive team as they prepare for their season’s start on October 3rd.

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Last season was a good one for the team as they finished 7-3-1 overall with a 2-1 mark in Big 12 play.  I’m far from an expert when it comes to understanding team results in this domain, but it seems like the Cyclone swimmers are strong and improving as this was the second-highest win total in team history.  This seems to follow the trend that we have noted in several of the non-revenue sports that have been covered.

As far as specific results from 2013-2014 are concerned, it was a mixed bag.  They defeated Kansas 163.5-136.5, but lost to our neighboring Hawkeyes 135-165.  It is never a good feeling to lose to those folks from the U of I, so we will all have to hope for revenge when Iowa State travels to Iowa City for the meet on December 12th.

The roster is much more balanced in terms of experience relative to some of the other ISU teams.  There is a good spread of individuals across all years, which should contribute to even better results than last year.

Probably the greatest reason for success among the Cyclone swim and dive team is the continuity derived from head coach Duane Sorenson.  2014-2015 marks his 18th season at the helm of the program and has led the team to all of its current record holders.

Even before becoming a Cyclone he was an accomplished leader.  As coach of the South East Metro Sharks Swim Club he received Coach of the Year five different times from the Minnesota Chapter of American Swimming Coaches Association and was a successful high school coach before that.

As long as Sorenson is in charge, the swim team is in good hands.