TOPEKA, Kan. – Chloe Farro set a new Indiana State record in the 100-yard free event, while Madie Rutan won the individual event title in the 200 backstroke to highlight the Sycamores on the final day at the Capital Federal Natatorium. The Sycamores also set a new ISU record in the 400-yard freestyle relay en route to third place overall in the Kansas Classic.
Sycamores recorded 431 points overall and topped the Missouri Valley School of Northern Iowa (343, 5th) in the six-team field. Kansas (1,191) won the overall title, while Iowa State (786) was second.
Kansas Classic (morning)
Madie Rutan continued her strong weekend as the second year took almost four seconds off her previous record in the 200 backstroke to place fifth in the prelims of the event. Her time of 2: 01.17 was 3.61 better than her previous mark and put her in a good position among the leaders on the final day. Olivia DiRuzza (2: 04.01, 15th) and Carmen Alard Vegas (2: 04.29, 17th) also finished in the top 20 in the field, while Trista bullock (2: 06.90, 23rd) was also in the top 25.
Chloe Farro set an academic record in the 100 free in the morning as the rookie set a breakneck pace finishing third overall. His time of 51.11 was 0.17 seconds shorter than the best precedent set by Alex Malmborg in 2019. Emilie webb continued her strong weekend as the senior finished 13th in the field clocking 52.13 to highlight the Sycamores in the preliminary round.
Cotter of Alexandria was the team leader in the 200 breaststroke preliminaries as the rookie finished 11th in the field. Cotter’s time of 2: 22.59 took more than three seconds off her best time and placed her in the finals on Sunday afternoon. Elle Gilkerson (2: 24.48, 16th) and Anna-Maria Nasiou (2: 25.81, 20th) were also in the top 20, while Surah Makayla (2: 26.38) finished 23rd in the event.
Marni Gray was in the top three in the 200 Fly prelims as the Toronto, Canada native lost 2.45 seconds of her time to hit the wall in 2: 03.74. Alexa szadorski was just outside the top 10 in that event with his time of 2: 06.98, which put him in 11th place.
Molly fogarty took over 23 seconds off her previous best time in 1650 as the junior finished seventh in the event final with a time of 17: 23.11. Andrea Poutrimas was just behind her teammate in 17: 23.86 to place eighth, while Rhiannon wozny touched in 17: 52.68 for 16th overall. Rose Parsons was 21st in 18: 11.67.
Kansas Classic (evening)
200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 chest, 200 fly, 400 free relay
Rutan continued his exceptional weekend at the Kansas Classic as the sophomore first hit the wall in the 200 backstroke final. The Roseville, Calif. Native slashed her previous best time by 3.10 seconds to finish in 1: 58.07 to overtake Kansas’ Dewi Blose (1: 58.11) to claim the title. DiRuzza was 12th in the field with a time of 2: 02.79, while Alard Vegas touched down in 2: 02.65 for 17th. Bullock’s time of 2: 05.73 put him in 21st overall.
Farro fell below her school record set earlier in the morning as the Savaneta, Aruba native finished fourth overall in the 100 freestyle. Farro’s score of 50.85 was 0.26 ahead of her time in the morning preliminaries, which puts her just outside the top three of the field. Webb was 13th overall in the field at 51.95.
Cotter, Gilkerson and Nasiou were both top 20 in the 200 breaststroke on Sunday afternoon. Cotter’s time of 2: 22.58 put her in 14th place overall, while Gilkerson placed 16th in 2: 23.60. Nasiou added a time of 2: 23.50 to place 19th in the field.
Gray finished his last individual event of the weekend with a time of 2: 03.97 to place fifth overall in the 200 butterfly. Szadorski continued his strong weekend finishing 12th overall with a time of 2: 06.35.
The “A” squad of the Sycamores of Farro, Szadorski, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Webb finished the 400 freestyle relay clocking 3: 25.74 to place fourth overall. Their time slashed the school’s record in the event by 0.06 and supplanted the mark set in 2019 at the MVC Championships. Cotter, beef, Jordan Gruce, and Putrimas was 14th overall in 3: 32.64, while Marissa kozel, Rutan, Gilkerson and Wozny were 18th in 3: 35.39. The last quartet of Rachel Sanqunetti, Gray, Alard Vegas and Ellie Alexander finished 19th with a time of 3: 35.67.
The Sycamores are back in action on Saturday, December 4 as Indiana State hosts Bellarmine and Eastern Illinois at the Indiana State Tri-Meet at the Vigo County Aquatic Center. The senior Sycamore meet will start at 3 p.m.
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