The Washington State women road tripped to Tempe today to take on the Sun Devils at home. The meet started out looking as though Arizona State was inching away, with the top time in three of the first four events, but the Cougars clawed their way back to take the win 115-90.
While Arizona State was able to take both relays and turned in the winning time in four of the individual events, the Cougars took five events with two of them being 1-2 finishes and another two 1-3 sweeps.
Both of the events in which WSU dominated the top three spots were right next to each other in the event order, immediately turning the tide against the Sun Devils. Adisynn Bursch and her 2:02.75 led the charge in the 200 IM, followed by teammates Presley Wetterstrom and Loree Olson at 2:06.25 and 2:06.85 respectively. The other 3-sweep was in the 200 fly, with Elise Locke turning in 2:01.30 for the win followed by Kendra Griffin (2:05.20) and Anna Brolin (2:13.96.)
Both distance freestyle races were close finishes. WSU’s Kendra Griffin touched at 10:15.15 in the 1000, just ahead of ASU’s Anna Olasz at 10:15.49. Later in the meet, the top two finishers in the 500 free were separated by only .08, with ASU’s Jamie Friderichs‘ 4:59.06 barely out-touching the 4:59.14 from Cougar Rachel Thompson.
The only double event winner in the meet was ASU’s Alysha Bush, who took the sprint freestyles. She took the 50 free in 23.19 and the 100 in 50.11, nearly a full second ahead of the Cougars’ Addisyn Bursch at 51.59. Both of Alysha’s winning times were just shy of NCAA “B” cuts.
The most notable time of the evening was the 200 backstroke winning time from the Cougars’ Jasmine Margetts. Her 1:59.21 was the closest to an NCAA “B” cut, just missing the standard by .02. Teammate Loree Olson was not far behind her for the second place finish in 2:00.07. WSU’s 200 breaststroke winner, Presley Wetterstrom, was also approaching the “B” cut at 2:16.58.
While it was not enough to change the outcome of the meet, the 800 Freestyle Relay win from the Sun Devils was a come from behind victory, with senior Marina Spadoni anchoring the top split of the night at 1:49.27.