WSU swimming ready for US Open

Cougars to compete in U.S. Open Wednesday-Saturday


Courtesy - WSU Athletics

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

PARKER R. SCHAFER, Evergreen columnist

The WSU swim team has had an impressive season and continues to impress after the Thanksgiving break as they enter the U.S. Open from Wednesday through Saturday.

Most recently the swimmers have taken on Stanford and Northern Colorado in back-to-back meets. They have also partaken in the Art Adamson Invitational.

Stanford swam away from the meet with a win holding a resounding 145 points. Stanford is seeded second in the nation but the Cougars were happy to walk away with four first-place wins.

“They’re second in the nation so they’re not going to lose to too many people in general,” head coach Matt Leach said. “I took a lot out of it, to be honest; I took a lot of really good things, of getting up and racing areas we can improve on as far as certain events I think we need a little bit more focus.”

The team was not shaken by the loss against Stanford, seeing as the very next day they came out and took on Colorado State leaving them in the bubbles. The Cougars finished their meet against Northern Colorado with 144 points leaving Colorado with a measly 104.

The teams swam hard and fast against their opponents showing that they can bounce back from a heavy loss and turn it into a strong win. 

“It was a sprint meet so it was really fun to switch it up and do different events,” senior Jewel Springer said. “I swam a lot of events which was different because normally I swim like, a few longer ones so doing a bunch of little short ones was a fun little switch it up.”

The team really showed their speed at the Northern Colorado meet and came with a ferocity that has shown throughout the season. 

The Cougars also partook in the Art Adamson Invitational in Texas. This invite was held from Nov. 16-18. 

The team placed sixth in the Invitational coming in with 278 points, just barely above Texas Christian University which had 143. 

At the Invite, University of Alabama came in first with 792 points and was followed closely behind by USC with 750 points. Third place went to Texas A&M University with 667 points. 

All of these meets and events have prepared the swimmers for the U.S. Open that is being held over the course of the next few days and will give the Cougars the opportunity to show off everything they have at this huge event.