West Virginia defeats Iowa State and Northern Iowa in Double Dual

State of Iowa vs. West Virginia vs. Northern Iowa

  • January 21, 2023
  • Ames, Iowa
  • SCY (25 meters)
  • Complete results
  • team score:
    • State of Iowa def. North Iowa 213.5-85.5
    • West Virginia def. State of Iowa 157-142
    • West Virginia def. North Iowa 209-90

The state of Iowa hosted Big 12 rivals West Virginia and domestic opponent Northern Iowa in a double-dual meeting last weekend. West Virginia accumulated wins against both teams, while Iowa State led Northern Iowa. The closest meeting of the three ended between the Big 12 teams as the Mountaineers beat the Cyclones by a slim 15 points.

West Virginia opened the meeting with a win in the 200-medley relay as a team of Jacqueline McCutchan, Mia Cheatwood, Harna Minezawaand Ada Swabinska combined for a final time of 1:43.79 over Iowa State’s 1:43.96.

Cheatwood won two individual breaststrokes for the Mountaineers. She won the 100 breast first, touching the wall at 1:03.13, less than two-tenths ahead of Iowa State Gabrielle LePine (1:03.32). In the 200, Cheatwood again edged LePine out by a few tenths for the win in 2:18.30. LePine’s time of 2:18.60 marked a best time of the season.

The 200 Freestyle was another strong event for the Mountaineers as a junior Abby Reardon led 1:2 to the finish. Reardon posted a 1:52.14 and placed 1st while her teammate Gabriela de LaTorre grabbed 2nd place in 1:53.92. Iowa State Ashley Bengston was close behind in 3rd place and clocked a time of 1:54.04.

The long-distance duo from Iowa State Brinley Horras and Maddy Rundell went 1-2 in the 1000. Horras dominated the event with a 10-second win over Rundell as they went 10:19.77 and 10:29.83, respectively. West Virginia’s Reardon placed 1st in the 500 with 5:00.28 while Horras was second with 5:03.48.

Other individual winners for Iowa State included Sophia Goushchina in the 100 back (55.62) and Trinity Kay in the 200IM (2:03.73). Both easily won their respective events, with Goushchina winning by almost a second and Kay by over two seconds.

Northern Iowa had two event winners of its own Believe Larsen and Amber finch. Larsen recorded a 23.66 to win the 50 Free by almost two tenths. Finke contributed another win for the Panthers in the 200 back where she dominated the event, winning in 2:01.63 by almost two seconds of victory. In the 100 back, Finke also placed 3rd with a 56.59, level with Iowa State Madi Dohrn.

Other top 4 finishers for Northern Iowa included Hello Domnick, who clocked a 1:54.07 in the 200 free for 4th place, and boy scout mountain wall, who placed 4th in the 100 fly (57.78).

West Virginia cemented its win over the Cyclones in the 400 freestyle relay, where the quartet of McCutchan (51.60), De La Torre (52.01), Reardon (51.93) and Szwabinska (50.93) scored a Finish time of 3:26.47 clocked a second faster than the Iowa State A-Team.

On the boards, Iowa State’s Joscelyn Buses initially took over Northern Iowa’s Kate Mitchell at 3 meters by over 11 points. West Virginias Maria Tiemeier Beat Northern Iowa Taylor Hogan by less than a point at 1 meter and finished with a score of 271.25.

The Cyclones will travel to Texas next weekend to take on TCU and North Texas, while West Virginia will host Villanova. Northern Iowa is entering the final part of its season and will head out to the Coyote Invite the first weekend of February.

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