Nov. 21, 2011
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Washington State swimming team won both relays as well as five individual events at Northern Arizona, Monday.
In the 14 swimming events, the Cougars outscored the Lumberjacks 133-129. However, Washington State does not have a diving program, so Northern Arizona captured all 32 diving points over two events to win the meet 161-133.
After Northern Arizona took a 19-17 lead through two events, Emma Neely finished first in the 200 free, in 2:06.74 to help the Cougars regain the advantage at 30-25.
Two events later, Craig touched the wall in 1:13.75 for a victory in the 100 breast and Washington State led 50-43. Bieleckaite and Bogert finished 1-2 in the 50 free with times of 26.97 and 27.27, respectively as the Cougars stretched their lead to 71-60 at the midway point of the meet.
The schools scored 19 points each over the next two events with Danielle Palumbo posting a victory in the 200 back at 2:20.78. Over the next two events, Northern Arizona outscored Washington State 28-10 to take a 107-100 lead with three events remaining.
Johansson won the 100 butterfly in 1:03.41 and the Cougars took three of the top four spots to surge back on top at 114-112. The Lumberjacks earned 13 of 19 points in the 200 IM and carried a 125-120 lead into the final event.
Needing to win the 400 free relay and finished second or third as well, the Cougars did just that. The team of Bogert, Johansson, Bieleckaite and Nicole Proulx won with a time of 3:54.80 to set a Wall Aquatic Center record. In addition, the Cougar quartet of Jenna Bekker, Neely, Kelsey Bruggman and Craig placed third with a time of 3:57.10 to give the Cougars 13 of 17 points in the event.
"It was a great college swim meet," Cougar Head Coach Tom Jager said. "There were a lot of close races. Our seniors came through in a big way and sophomore Emma Johansson was the swimmer of the meet for us."
Up next for Washington State is the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, Dec. 2-4.