Two bronze medals for Thorson
AUSTIN, Tex. — Lehr Thorson continues to etch her name in the Iowa State University breaststroke record books.
Thorson earned bronze-medal finishes in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 2021 Big 12 swimming and diving championships over the weekend at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The performances netted the former Fort Dodge Senior High all-stater first team all-conference honors for the third consecutive season. The senior has landed on the all-league list for four straight years overall, as well as being a first team academic all-Big 12 honoree during that entire span.
On Friday, Thorson took third in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.53. She flanked that effort with another third-place showing on Saturday in the 200 breast, clocking a 2:14.68.
“I was really happy with what our team accomplished this year,” Thorson said of the Cyclones, who are in third place heading into the diving portion of the competition on Monday. “It was a true team effort among all of our girls.
“I was happy with how I raced. All I was focused on was getting my hand to the wall to score points for our team. Given the challenges of the year, I was happy with just being able to be healthy and compete.”
Thorson, the granddaughter of former Dodger football coach Sam Moser and FDSH legend Sherwyn Thorson, now holds 20 percent of ISU’s best 200 breaststroke times in school history. Her 100 breast mark made the NCAA ‘B’ cut — the fourth such honor of her career.
“I’m very happy with the way the team ended up, (being in) third place after the swimming part of the Big 12 Championships,” Cyclone head coach Duane Sorenson said. “This was a great meet for all of our women, led by our breaststrokers again.
“Lehr Thorson getting third place was great, and our 400 free relay with basically four unknowns ends up getting the fourth-fastest time in school history.”
Thorson, Lucia Rizzo and Brinley Horras were Iowa State’s three first team all-Big 12 performers.
Thorson is the daughter of Fort Dodge’s Tjeran and Julie Thorson.