WSU swim adds three meets to spring schedule

The Cougars add home meets against Utah, Idaho, road meet against Seattle

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Swimmer Payton Bokowy was a member of the team that broke the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Pac-12 Championships her sophomore season.

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The WSU women’s swimming team has added three dual meets in January to their schedule for the upcoming season.

The Cougars will host Utah on Jan. 14 before heading to the other side of the state to face Seattle University on Jan. 23. Following that meet, they will return home to face Idaho on Jan. 29. 

This will not be the first time that Washington State and Idaho meet in the pool this season. The two programs met in a pair of dual meets on Idaho’s campus back on Nov. 20 and 21. The Cougars resoundingly swept the two meets with a combined score of 178-104.

These are the first meets that have been added to the upcoming schedule aside from the Pac-12 Championships, which are set to take place Feb. 24-27 in Federal Way, Wash. 

Despite not always getting the results they wanted last season, the team showed great momentum to finish the season, as they set program records throughout the Conference Championship meets. 

The return of senior Mackenzie Duarte will certainly be a bright spot for the Cougars. Duarte became the third Cougar to earn an invite to the U.S. Olympic Trials after a stellar performance at the 2019 U.S. Open. 

This announcement may also indicate which way spring sports are heading in the coming months. The program scheduling events could be an indicator that more sports may return for the spring.

The swim team will get back to action against a conference opponent when the Utah Utes visit Pullman on Jan. 14.