Win streak continues against West Side foes

Combination of WSU swimmers helped bring home victory



The WSU swim team takes practice laps in the pool before a meet.

KAT MCKINNEY-ROLEY, Evergreen reporter

WSU swim traveled to Seattle this past weekend to swim against the Seattle U Redhawks. The Cougar women defeated the Redhawks 161-100 to defend a 9-0 record against Seattle U, and improved their season to 3-1.

“We wanted to make sure that kept the pedal to the metal even if it was some different events than what we swam last week,” head coach Matt Leach said.

The Cougars won nine races to pull ahead and defeat the Redhawks. Senior Taylor McCoy brought home wins in both the 200 IM and 200 free.

Freshman Josie Liebzeit also placed first in the 1,000 free, which helped propel the Cougars’ victory. Freshman Hailey Grotte also swam and won the 100 breast.

“We had some solid individual performers coming in,” Leach said.

Freshman Jewel Springer and Kaya Takashige won their first collegiate races as well. To end the meet, the Cougars won three races in a row.

The Cougs won both relays, including the 200- free relay that consisted of Grotte, Chloe Larson, Emily Ward, and Paige Gardner.

“Winning the first relay and the last relay is important to picking up the win overall,” Leach said.

The Cougars are continuing to train hard every day and bring the energy to practice to the meets, he said.

“We want to swim at a high level all the time, we don’t have too many opportunities this year to do that this year, so every opportunity is a big deal,” Leach said.

The Cougars close out the regular season against Idaho in Gibb Pool on Jan. 29.