Swim ends regular season with win

WSU gets win for four seniors on their last meet in Gibb Pool; team will now focus on Pac-12 championship



Then-sophomore Lauren Burckel places fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke on Sept. 28, 2019 at Gibb Pool.

KAT MCKINNEY-ROLEY, Evergreen reporter

The WSU swim team defeated the Idaho Vandals 162-98 in their last regular season meet on Jan. 29 in Gibb Pool.

In the win against the Vandals, WSU won 13 out of the 14 races which contributed to their big win. This was a nice win for the seniors in their last meet in Gibb Pool swimming for the crimson and gray.

“We had a lot of energy. It was a good meet from start to finish,” head coach Matt Leach said.

Senior Taylor McCoy won all of her individual events and is looking to continue to drop time in the Pac- 12 Championship meet next month. McCoy has been a solid swimmer for the Cougs and she continued to prove that in this last meet.

“It was super fun, and we had a lot of people that stepped up and swam well. This is where we want to be going into Pac-12s,” McCoy said.

Senior Chloe Larson rebroke her own Gibb Pool record, posting a time of 22.59 seconds in the 50-free. Larson also won all of her individual events in this meet.

Senior Mackenzie Duarte also won several events this meet and ended her senior night with a sweep in individual events.

Freshman Josie Liebzeit also won the 200-free which helped contribute to the Cougs’ win against Idaho.

WSU won all three relays as well. The Cougs saw wins from the seniors to the freshman, as every swimmer stepped up and swam hard in order to keep the momentum from the meet against Seattle U.

The Cougs are excited to have gotten to swim this week and for the last three weeks, but now all eyes fall on the Pac-12 Championships. The Cougs are right where they want to be heading into training for the championship. There were multiple hot swims in the last two meets with time drops and records being broken. WSU has multiple swimmers that have made top-10 times in the history of the program.

The next meet for WSU swim will be the Pac-12 Championships from Feb. 24-27 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.