WYOMING vs COLORADO STATE vs WASHINGTON STATE
- Friday-Saturday, November 8th-9th
- University of Wyoming
- Short Course Yards
- Washington State – 181, Wyoming – 166
- Washington State – 214.5, Colorado State – 132.5
- Wyoming – 202, Colorado State – 151
Wyoming hosted Washington State and Colorado State this past weekend for a two-day women’s dual meet, resulting in a sweep by Washington State. The Cougars went into the 2nd day of competition lagging behind Wyoming, but managed to pass the hosts up on day two, winning 7 of the 10 events. Washington State won an additional two events on the first day of competition, however they are hurt by not having a diving squad, and they didn’t compete in one other event, the 100 IM.
The Cougars swept the breaststroke events, thanks to the duo of Mackenzie Duarte and Lauren Burckel. Duarte, who was Washington State’s first NCAA qualifier in 10 years last season, took the 200 breast, her top event. Duarte posted a 2:18.77 to lead teammate Burckel, who touched 2nd, by .42 seconds. Burckel then turned around on day two and won the 100 breast in 1:04.85. Duarte came in 3rd in that race (1:05.48), with Phoebe Browne of Wyoming coming in 2nd (1:05.15). Burckel also won the 200 IM on day one, clocking a 2:07.20, leading another 1-2 punch by WSU. Taylor McCoy came in 2nd in that race, right behind Burckel in 2:07.45. The big difference maker for Burckel in that race was her splitting 35.70 to McCoy’s 37.06 on the breast leg.
For her part, McCoy went on to win the 400 IM on day 2 of the competition. McCoy finished in 4:29.83, with another 1-2 finish from the Cougars. Kate Laderoute was 2nd in that race, touching well behind McCoy in 4:36.86. Chloe Larson was huge for the Cougars, particularly on relays. Individually, Larson posted a huge victory in the 50 free, touching in 23.86 to win the race by nearly half a second. Larson also led off the winning WSU 200 free relay in 24.42, and split 23.56 anchoring the 200 medley relay (fastest in the field), and anchored the 400 free relay in 52.81 (4th fastest split in the field). Larson also came in 3rd in the 100 free, touching in 53.20. Teammate Keiana Fountaine won the 100 free in 52.32, winning by .60 seconds. Fountaine was consistent in the 100 free this weekend, also leading off the 400 free relay in 52.61, and anchoring the 400 medley relay in a field-leading 51.32. Fountaine also anchored the 200 free relay in 23.44.
Lainee Jones provided huge times for Wyoming over the course of the meet. She started out her meet by winning the 200 free in dominant fashion, clocking a 1:51.75. She then split a field-leading 51.32 on the 3rd leg of the winning Wyoming 400 free relay. She also split a 51.42 anchoring the Wyoming 400 medley relay, which was ultimately disqualified.
Hannah McLean-Leonard was a butterfly force for Wyoming. She started out the meet by throwing down the fastest fly split in the field in the 200 medley relay, posting a 25.08. She also won the individual 100 fly in 55.94, winning the event by close to a second. She also led the field in the fly leg of the 400 medley relay, where she clocked a 55.69, although the relay was disqualified. McLean-Leonard concluded her meet with a 23.97 split on the 200 free relay, marking the 4th fastest split in the field.
Wyoming also swept the backstroke events, with Emily Giles winning the 100, and Katelyn Blattner winning the 200 back. Giles got out to the early lead in the 100 back, flipping in 27.80, with Kate Laderoute behind her in 28.30. Laderoute did come back a little bit on the 2nd lap, splitting 29.48 to Giles’ 29.67, but Giles touched first in the end, 57.47 to 57.78. Blattner got out to an early lead in the 200 back, and wasn’t ever really challenged during the race. She finished in 2:01.44, beating out Taylor McCoy (2:02.56).