PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State swimming team fell to UCLA with a final score of 133-67 Friday in the first of two dual meets between the conference opponents.
Ali Mand highlighted the competition for the Cougars by notching a first-place finish in the 50 free. She completed the race with a time of 24.25 seconds. Washington State freshman Haley Rose Love finished third in the same event with a time of 24.38 seconds.
Elise Locke, Emma Johansson, Loree Olson, Emma Ronczkowski, and Presley Wetterstrom each tabbed second-place finishes in respective individual events for the Cougars.
To round out the night, the relay team of Johansson, Mand, Love, and Anne Kenney placed second in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:35.17.
“Our kids raced tough and never threw in the towel, and that’s what we were looking for,” Washington State Head Coach Tom Jager said. “We are going to get better from this and I like it. This is actually what we need. We need to keep on being pushed, we need to keep on being challenged, and it’s just going to make our team hungry.”
The Bruins opened and closed Friday’s meet by breaking Gibb Pool records in both relay events. In the 400 medley relay, Madison White, Jessica Khojasteh, Noelle Tarazona, and Ting Quah broke the pool record with a time of 3:46.85. In the 200 free relay, UCLA’s Linnea Mack, Quah, Kathryn Murphy, and Monica Dornick tabbed a time of1:33.75, also a Gibb Pool record.
Individually for UCLA, Lauren Baker finished the 1000 free with a time of 9:56.02, breaking the previous Gibb Pool record by 4.13 seconds
The Cougars will face off with the the Bruins once more Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gibb Pool.