Idaho vs Washington State
- Washington State – 121
- Idaho – 85
- Washington State – 57
- Idaho – 19
Washington State traveled to Idaho for a two-day twin meet this weekend, coming away with victories on each days. This meet was the one meet on Washington State’s schedule this fall, though the Cougs might nonetheless probably add extra.
Senior Taylor McCoy got here up enormous for the Cougs, inserting 1st in Three occasions, together with the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 again. McCoy’s largest swam arguably got here within the 100 again, nonetheless, the place she swam exhibition (not for factors). McCoy unleashed a private finest within the race, clocking a 55.44. The swim shaved off .02 seconds from McCoy’s earlier finest, and landed her #10 on the all-time Washington State rankings. McCoy additionally swam a lifetime finest within the 200 free, which she time trialed on day 2. Within the 200 free, McCoy completed in 1:52.30, which was a private finest by 2 seconds.
Within the 200 IM, Taylor McCoy led the sector handily, touching in 2:03.75 as the one swimmer to crack 2:06. She swam a constant race throughout all Four strokes, splitting 27.25, 30.80, 35.86, and 29.84 respectively by 50. She went on to win the 400 IM in 4:23.17, coming in 9 seconds forward of the runner-up, freshman teammate Josie Liebzeit (4:32.08). McCoy additionally gained the 200 again by 6 seconds, touching the wall in 1:58.12.
Cougar Chloe Larson posted a few of the quickest swims of the meet, topped by her 22.86 within the 50 free on day 1. Larson was the one swimmer within the area to interrupt the 23-second mark, and was simply off her personal finest time of 22.64, which she swam on the Girls’s Pac-12 Champs in February. Larson additionally gained the 100 free with a 50.46, which was additionally not too far off her finest time of 49.63.
Idaho’s Katie Hale bested Larson significantly within the 50 fly, swimming a 24.21 (Larson 25.33). Hale was 2nd within the 100 free, coming in proper behind Larson with a 50.53. She was additionally 2nd within the 50 free at 23.19. Hale additionally swept the dash backstroke occasions, taking the 50 again with a 26.00, whereas Washington State freshman Makayla Poloni was 2nd in 26.56. Hale went on to win the 100 again with a 55.40.
Washington State has been constructing a breaststroke squad since head coach Matt Leach arrived in Pullman, and the Cougs swept the breast occasions this weekend. Mackenzie Duarte, who was the Cougars’ first NCAA qualifier in a decade in 2019, took the 200 breast with a 2:20.11. Whereas Daurte was nicely off her private finest of two:09.47, the time wasn’t significantly out of step with twin meet swims we’ve seen from Duarte up to now few seasons. She additionally led a 1-2-3-Four punch for Washington State, with freshmen Alexandra Vartiainen (2:22.65), Emily Ward (2:22.83), and Kaya Takashige (2:27.95) coming in 2nd, third, and 4th.
Vartiainen and Ward pulled off their very own 1-2 punch within the 50 breast, with Vartiainen taking dwelling her first collegiate victory in 29.95. Formally, Ward was subsequent in at 30.81, though Duarte (30.37), freshman Hailey Grotte (30.49), and Takashige (30.51) all touched earlier than Ward, however swam exhibition. It was Grotte who notched the win within the 100 breast, posting an enormous lifetime finest on alongside the best way. Grotte clocked a 1:04.67, marking her first time below 1:06 within the occasion. Duarte completed in 2nd with a 1:05.23, Vartiainen was third in 1:06.22, and Takashige took 4th with a 1:06.37.
One other Washington State freshman, Josie Liebzeit, picked up a win within the 500 free, clocking a 5:03.89. The swim is available in simply off her lifetime better of 5:02.59. Freshman teammate Makayla Poloni took 2nd with a 5:09.70. Sophomore Mia Zahab took the 200 fly with a 2:05.09. Teammate Michee Van Rooyen clocked a victory within the 200 free with a 1:52.64.
Idaho picked up their different occasion win within the 100 fly, the place Rylie Jones swam a 56.22.
Notably, Washington State didn’t have its full roster on the meet. Keiana Fountaine, Lauren Burckel, Kate Laderoute, and Emily Barrier have been a few of the Cougars’ prime swimmers final season, and didn’t compete on the meet, together with a handful of different swimmers.
PRESS RELEASE – WASHINGTON STATE (DAY 1):
MOSCOW, Idaho (Nov. 20, 2020) – Washington State Girls’s Swimming opened the 2020-21 season with a 121-85 victory in opposition to the College of Idaho on the Idaho Swim Middle Friday.
The Cougars recorded seven wins within the 13 occasions lead by senior Taylor McCoy’s victories within the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Within the morning session, the Cougars claimed three of the 4 occasions as freshman Josie Liebzeit gained her first profession race within the 500 free, McCoy adopted with a win within the 200 IM and senior Chloe Larson capped the morning with a formidable win within the 50 free. Larson closed in on the college file however got here up four-tenths of a second behind with a 22.86, good for the fifth-fastest time in WSU historical past and a formidable feat within the season’s opening meet.
“Right now marked the start of our journey. It had been too lengthy since we final raced however the Cougs did a fantastic job racing, did a fantastic job cheering, created our personal ambiance and understood that is the beginning of our course of,” head coach Matt Leach mentioned. “We had some excellent swims this morning by Josie profitable the 500 practically with a lifetime finest time whereas one other freshman Makayla (Poloni) completed second. Taylor (McCoy) had a stable begin to the season with a win within the 200 IM that noticed the Cougs go 1-2-3-4-5, Chloe (Larson) was two-tenths off her life time finest profitable the 50 and Hailey Grotte completed third with a lifetime finest.”
Within the afternoon session, a pair of freshman Alexandra Vartiainen and Emily Ward completed one-two within the 50 breast earlier than McCoy added her second win of the day, this time within the 400 IM. WSU closed the meet with wins by sophomore Michee Van Rooyen within the 200 free and freshman Hailey Grotte within the 100 breast whereas McCoy ended the night time ending second within the 100 backstroke with a career-best 55.45, good for 10th-best in WSU historical past.
“For the second session this afternoon we noticed some nice swims out of everybody. Our power continued to enhance and we took steps ahead to proceed creating our tradition,” Leach added. “Our breaststroke group stepped up and had stable swims. Taylor (McCoy) led our IMers going 1 by Four within the 400 IM and Michee (Van Rooyen) swam out to an early lead within the 200 free for a stable win. We’re wanting ahead to competing once more tomorrow! GO COUGS!”
PRESS RELEASE – WASHINGTON STATE (DAY 2):
MOSCOW, Idaho (Nov. 21, 2020) – Washington State Girls’s Swimming continued to impress on its opening weekend, cruising to a 57-19 victory over the College of Idaho for the second consecutive day on the Idaho Swim Middle Saturday.
The Cougars recorded wins in all 4 occasions as senior Taylor McCoy gained the 200 again, senior Chloe Larson gained the 100 free, senior Mackenzie Duarte gained the 200 breast and sophomore Mia Zahab ended the meet with a win within the 200 fly.
“We swam nicely at the moment and I preferred how we competed that previous two days, our first competitors in 250+ days. I’m happy with these younger girls for his or her onerous work, their dedication to the method and to pushing by adversity,” third-year head coach Matt Leach mentioned. “We have been fortunate sufficient to place our hand on the wall first at the moment in all however one of many occasions which was nice to see! We are going to proceed to work on creating our tradition and power in follow as we put together for the subsequent step. Go Cougs!”
The Cougars don’t have one other meet scheduled for the rest of the autumn presently.
PRESS RELEASE – IDAHO (DAY 1):
MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho swim opened competitors in opposition to Washington State on the UI Swim Middle on Friday. By means of 13 occasions the Vandals path the Cougars, 121-85.
“It’s a troublesome back-to-back weekend, however I am going again to this concept that we’re simply so excited to be racing,” mentioned head coach Mark Sowa. “Throughout the board, I used to be really actually, actually proud of how we raced.”
Katie Hale opened up the meet with a dominant victory within the 50-yard butterfly. She gained by greater than a full second, ending in 24.21 seconds. Hale would go on to additionally win the 50-yard backstroke, in 26.00 seconds, and the 100-yard backstroke in 55.40 seconds. Hale earned a second-place end on the day as nicely, with a time of 23.19 seconds within the 50-yard free.
Rylie Jones bought a win for the Vandals, within the 100-yard fly. She gained in 56.22 seconds. Jones positioned third within the 50-yard fly in 25.69 seconds.
“We had a bit extra pace, our 50s have been actually good, particularly our 50-flies have been nice,” Sowa mentioned. “Our backstroke proper now might be our deepest occasion, and we confirmed that at the moment too. I assumed that was actually good.”
Teneyck swam the highest time for the Vandals within the 500-yard free, taking third in 5:10.40. Teammate Haylee Buyers additionally scored within the occasion with a fourth-place end at 5:12.84.
“Our 500s have been actually stable. That was the primary time Haylee Buyers had ever raced it for us, in order that was a extremely enjoyable swim to look at,” mentioned Sowa.
Haily Oldham led the best way with for the Vandals within the 50-yard breaststroke. She completed third total in 31.50 seconds.
“The enjoyable half is there’s a ton we will enhance on too,” mentioned Sowa. “Their attitudes proper now are actually, actually good when it comes to taking a look at issues objectively and never overreacting to swims that might be a bit higher. However it is a actually good PAC-12 group. To have the ability to decide up some wins in opposition to them, and never simply wins in occasions however particular person races inside them for second and third, we’re not backing down in opposition to anyone proper now and I like that for this younger group.”
The third and last session begins on Saturday at 11 a.m. and shall be streamed on Fb Reside.
“Quick swimming, get your hand on the wall. Simply extra of what we’re doing. Good focus, figuring out that three periods in two days is hard. If we do this I feel we’ll see some good issues,” Sowa added.
PRESS RELEASE – IDAHO (DAY 2):