By Ryan Mayer

Generally, the stories that we hear emerge from college students on spring break aren’t positive.

However, a story from the Des Moines Register highlights three Iowa State football players who saved Luisa Maria Castro from drowning while they were on spring break in South Padre Island, Texas.

Castro reportedly drove her car into the canal off of the island into the water. Four current Cyclones football players Anthony Lazard, Jack Spreen, Josh Jahlas and Spencer Benton, along with two former players Matt Swoyer and Joe Doran saw the incident happen from their hotel balcony and immediately rushed to help. From the story:

“Lazard, Spreen and Doran took off to help. The three jumped into the canal and swam over to the car. Soon they got to Castro, who was trapped in her car and trying to get free.

The three fought to break her loose, punching at the vehicle’s front window. She kicked at it. Nothing seemed to work.

“I was getting worried that we were going to watch this girl drown to death, because no matter how hard we were hitting it, it wasn’t cracking or spidering for a while,” Lazard said.

Castro managed to break a small hole in the front windshield, and the three men took it from there. They created a large enough gap to pull her out.

They helped her to shore, where Jahlas, Benton and Swoyer collected her.”

Castro was later charged with DUI. The Iowa State twitter account sent out a picture of three of the young men following the incident.

Bravo, young men. Bravo.

Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.


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