Washington State 161.50 – 132.50 San Diego State University
Washington State 195 – 93 University of New Mexico
SDSU 208 – 92 UNM
The Washington State Cougars got two wins over both SDSU and UNM this past Saturday to make them 4-3 so far this season. Although SDSU took their first loss for the 2015-16 season from the Cougars, the Aztecs defeated the University of New Mexico Lobos, leaving them 5-1 in dual meets.
The 2015-2016 season is becoming a breakthrough year for head coach Tom Jager. Despite Washington State not sending any swimmers or divers to NCAA’s last season, they now have wins over two teams that scored at that meet last year (Arizona State and San Diego State), plus a third that didn’t but has for most of this decade (UNLV).
The Cougars started the meet on the right note, with the team of Jasmine Margetts, Frederikke Hall, Anna Brolin and Hannah Bruggman winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:44.37, just out touching the SDSU A-team (1:44.58).
Margetts went on to earn valuable points for the Cougars, winning both the 100-yard (56.46) and 200-yard (1:59.28) backstroke events. Other double winners from Washington State included Addison Bursch, who won the 200-yard free (1:50.64) and 200-yard IM (2:03.34). Distance freestyler Kendra Griffin was also a double winner, finishing the 1000-yard free (10:16.07) in the 10th fastest time in the history of WSU and 500-yard free in 5:01.49. The third double winner was senior Presley Wetterstrom, who dominated the breaststroke events touching the pads in 2:15.79 in the 200, which is the 7th fastest time in program history and 1:04.24 in the 100.
Other outstanding swims came from Elise Locke, who won the 200-yard fly for the Cougars in a season best time of 2:01.15. Locke finished the 100-yard fly in 55.75 but was defeated by the Aztecs’ sophomore Summer Harrison, who finished first in 54.61.
Taylor Johnson and Alexandria Caplan were also double winners for the Aztecs. Johnson won the 50-yard and 100-yard free events in season best times of 23.15 and 51.26 respectively and Caplan ruled both the 1m (304.80) and 3m (308.85 boards.
Johnson went on to lead off the final event, the 200-yard free relay, following was Cailey Steffens, Sami Guttmacher and Whitney Weisz, touching in 1:33.07, just ahead of the Lobos (1:34.36) and the Cougars (1:34.49).