Cougars and Bears go paw-to-paw

California is coming to Pullman to swim against WSU in a home meet on Oct. 15



Freshman Kiana Swain earned 15 points in the swim meet against the University of Utah on Jan. 15, 2021 in Gibb Pool.

PARKER R. SCHAFER, Evergreen columnist

Cal is flying out to swim against WSU in this coming meet on Saturday at the Gibb Pool starting at 10 a.m.

The Golden Bears will have traveled in giving the Cougars an extra leg up on top of having the home pool advantage. 

At the Chick-Fil-A Invitational, WSU came in fourth, 205 points behind Cal and they are looking to come in hot with this new meet. 

“It was our best meet that we’ve been to at Chick-Fil-A as far as points scored, highest finish, and winning our first events at that meet,” head coach Matt Leach said. “Having some top-two finishes was really nice, all in all, it was our best beginning of the season meet we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

At the previous meet, WSU and Cal missed out on some key points by not having competed in diving. The team came back from the last meet with 423.5 points however, Cal came in with 628.5. 

The swimmers swam hard and fast at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational and are looking for a comeback against Cal.

“They’re a very well-coached team and they’re very talented, so we are going to just try and hang with them as long as we can,” Leach said.

The swimmers are also looking forward to the meet knowing they will grow from this and make sure that they can swim their hardest to leave the Bears in the bubbles.

“I think we’re excited going into the meet, and they’re coming to our house so we have kind of the advantage cause we like to swim fast in this [Gibb] pool,” freshman Emily Lundgren said. “So I think we are excited to give it our best and let them know what the Cougars got.” 

The swimmers know that Cal is a strong team but the Cougars are also holding some top 25 swimmers in the nation. Saturday is sure to be an eventful and exciting meet, though the Cougars may not come out on top.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of close races and I think it’s going to be super exciting,” junior Josie Liebzeit said.