Swimming goes on the road to Utah


A WSU swimmer races during a heat against the University of Nebraska in Gibb Pool on Jan 29.

From staff reports

The season is coming to an end. Not the cold weather of the winter season, but the WSU swimming team’s season.

The Cougars will travel to Salt Lake City and take on the University of Utah Utes Saturday.

This will be the last regular season meet for the Cougars before they go on to the Pac-12 Championships later this month.

The meet follows the naming of Head Coach Tom Jager to the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Olympic Sports All-Century Team.

“By being put on that list that maybe I upheld the standards of being a champion and that makes me feel proud,” Jager said.

The Cougars are coming off a win over the University of Nebraska where they dominated the Cornhuskers, 266-106. WSU also celebrated its senior night, and the Utes will have theirs Saturday.

Utah recently competed against the University of Denver, falling to the Pioneers, 185-115.

Last year when the Cougars and the Utes went head-to-head at Gibb Pool in Pullman, WSU topped the Utes, 156.5-105.5. Utah claimed five event wins while the Cougars claimed nine.

Utah senior Petra Soininen won the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.98.

“This is a big Saturday with conference coming up,” Jager said. “I think they’re pretty focused. We have a plan and we’re on a system.”

Jager said the swimmers have been focusing on getting their schoolwork handled ahead of the upcoming competitions as well as taking care of their bodies.

Junior Addisynn Bursch stepped up this past month, especially against Oregon State and Nebraska. Bursch claimed three wins over the Cornhuskers, including a finish of 1:51.88 in the 200 freestyle.

Bursch also broke a Gibb Pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.91.

The Cougars have had a strong season and will carry high anticipations into their meet with Utah.

The meet will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, in Salt Lake City.

Reporting by Payton Dineen