The Bears beat down the Cougars 167 to 94

The Cougars lost against Cal winning only 4 events.


Courtesy - WSU Athletics

WSU swim team competing against Cal, Oct. 16 2022.

PARKER R. SCHAFER, Evergreen columnist

Both teams wore pink at Saturday’s meet in honor of Breast cancer awareness. Cal, in pink swimsuits and the WSU all wearing pink shirts, caps and suits truly show an heir of respect and honor for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Every swimmer gave their all at this meet giving incredibly fast times and showing a lot of team spirit. 

“The last time that a Cal Bears top ten team came to Pullman, we won one event, ” said head coach Matt Leach. “This meet we had four event wins so we’re moving in the right direction.”

Cal took first for the initial 4 events until freshman Emily Lundgren took first in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:03.58. An astounding time for the swimmer and a great win for the Cougars. 

Dori Hathazi came in second in the 200-meter butterfly swimming below her P.R. by around three seconds for a time of 1:59.86. However, Hathazi made up for it during her 400 meter individual medley when she took first with a time of 4:27.37.

Lundgren  came in the 200-meter breaststroke hot, taking first place with a time of 2:16.78 for the Cougars. Unfortunately, Lundgren was followed up by two Cal swimmers taking second and third.

“Going into this meet I was definitely a little nervous but I was also really really excited,” Lundgren said. “It’s our first home meet and as a freshman, Just like our first dual meet was really exciting.”

Cal dominated this meet and stormed the Gibb pool giving the Cougars an unfortunate loss. Cal came out on top with 167 Points and WSU fell behind with 94 points. 

Despite taking heavy losses the team took great pride in each other, showing spirit during one of the breaks to sing and dance to the songs played on the speakers.

Cal definitely has a strong swim team earning them ninth place in the nation. 

“I think this weekend was a good opportunity to race some of the best athletes in the west and I think it’s going to carry us throughout the season,” sophomore Noelle Harvey said. “I think the second half of the meet we came back with a more positive attitude, we were way more optimistic and that really changed the deck dynamic.”

The Cougars will be taking this loss in stride and maintaining a positive attitude as they look to take on Stanford and Colorado in the upcoming back-to-back meets.