Cougars lose to the Utes

WSU finished win-less in Pac-12 play, faces Boise State in their last dual meet before the Pac-12 Championships



Then-freshman Kate Lauderoute, dives into the 200 meter individual medley on Sep. 28 at Gibb Pool.

VASILI VARLAMOS, Evergreen sports reporter

The WSU swim team lost to the Utah Utes 173.5- 85.5 in its final Pac-12 Conference dual meet of the regular season on Friday.

WSU (3-6, 0-5) did not win a Pac-12 meet. This is the third straight season WSU has come up short against the Utes.

Sophomore Keiana Fountaine was WSU’s lone winner in the meet. She picked up her sixth win of the season in the 50 freestyle. During that event, Fountaine came .5 seconds from beating her personal record.

Junior Taylor McCoy finished second in the 200 backstroke, finishing three seconds behind Utah sophomore Audrey Reimer. Senior Ryan Falk and junior Samantha Howell also finished high, placing third and fourth in their respective races.

Freshman Sierra Ortiz finished third in the 200 backstroke and freshman Mia Zahab finished fourth in the 200 butterfly.

After Friday’s loss, head coach Matt Leach said he looked towards the future, according to an interview from the WSU Athletics website.

“I know that we are going to continue to focus on Pac-12s,” Leach said according to WSU Athletics press release. “We are going to keep working on our confidence and getting stronger in practice every day.”

The Cougar swim team has one more regular season dual meet before the Pac-12 championships.

The team will face the Boise State University Broncos at 10 a.m. MT Saturday Feb. 1 at the West Family YMCA & Boise City Aquatic Center. WSU has not defeated Boise State in three straight dual meets with their last win being in Pullman on Jan. 25, 2009.