WSU swim team hosts third home meet of season

Northern Arizona will come to Gibb Pool with one prior competition



Freshman butterfly swimmer Emily Barrier finishes third in the women’s 100 yard butterfly heat against Boise State on Oct. 14 at Gibb Pool.

SIGMUND SEROKA, Evergreen reporter

WSU swim will take on Northern Arizona University on Friday in Gibb Pool. This will be WSU’s third home swim meet this season and the team will be looking for its first victory in Gibb Pool.

WSU is coming off a close victory against across-the-border rival University of Idaho. The final score between the two programs was 159-139 in favor of the Cougars. It was an impressive showing for the Cougars as they took home several top-place finishes throughout the meet.

Head Coach Matt Leach was very pleased with his team’s performance against UI.

“The team did a very good job coming back from a challenging week,” Leach said, “and I couldn’t be more proud of the way that they handled the weekend and the way they came together and swam well against a very tough Vandal team.”

Leading the way for the team was senior Jasmine Margetts, who won three individual events and helped support her first-place 200-yard medley relay team. Margetts also finished first in the 200 yard fly, 200 yard backstroke and the 200 yard individual medley.

Junior Ryan Falk collected three wins for WSU as well. She took home the 500 yard free, 1,000 yard free and helped win the 400 free relay. Falk, freshman Payton Bokowy, freshman Keiana Fountaine and sophomore Chloe Larson helped post the fastest time of the season for the 400 free relay at 3:32.54.

On the other side, NAU is visiting Pullman after a crushing defeat by University of New Mexico. The final score was 186-114, marking the Lumberjacks’ only meet on record for the season.

The loss started off rough for Northern Arizona as it watched New Mexico take first place in the first four events. However, the team was close behind, finishing second in three of those events. The first victory for the Lumberjacks came from sophomore Hope Williams, who took home the 100 yard breaststroke.

NAU Head Coach Andy Johns said the team’s rocky start didn’t take away from the meet.

“I liked our effort and attitude that we showed today as we were dealing with a lot of injuries and illnesses,” Johns said.

Unfortunately for the Lumberjacks, wins were few and far between as the meet continued. NAU only won two swimming events against the Lobos.

Both teams will be looking to leave it all in the water at 3 p.m. Friday when NAU meets WSU in Gibb Pool.