The Washington State swim team will open the weekend with its first home meet Friday against USC at Gibb Pool…the Cougars will then travel across the state border to compete in a dual meet Saturday against Idaho…Friday’s home meet at Gibb Pool will begin at 5 p.m., and Saturday’s dual in Moscow, Idaho will begin at 12 p.m.
The Cougars return home after facing Pac-12 powerhouses Stanford and California on the road last week… Washington State fell short in both meets and is 0-2 going into this weekend’s competitions…senior Emma Johansson, sophomore Presley Wetterstrom, and freshman Elise Locke led the Cougars in their first stand against Stanford, each earning first-place finishes in an event…Locke continued to make splashes for the Cougars in the team’s second meet against California, where she placed second in both the 200 fly and the 400 IM…Johansson also continued to shine, tabbing two second-place finishes against the Golden Bears.
WSU LAST SEASON
The Cougars finished 6-6 in dual meets last season in one of the strongest swimming conferences in the country…finished sixth in a competitive field of 10 teams at the Hawkeye Invitational, and placed ninth at the Pac-12 Championships…Loree Olson highlighted the season by becoming the Cougar all-time record holder in the 400 IM…Olson also placed second all-time on the Washington State records list in the 200 back, and made the top-10 lists in two other events…Emma Johansson placed in the top three of the Cougar all-time lists in the 50 free, 100 back, and 100 butterfly…Shelbi Luchini notched the third-best time in Cougar history in the 200 back, as did Kelly Tannhauser in the 400 IM…total of eight Cougar swimmers made the Cougar all-time top-ten lists.
The 21-member squad returns 14 letterwinners, including seniors Taylor Indahl, Emma Johansson, Anne Kenney, Heather Morlan, and Kelly Tannhauser…Washington State welcomes seven freshmen to the team.
Head coach Tom Jager enters his third year at Washington State after spending seven years coaching at Idaho…Jager is a six-time NCAA Champion, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist…Jager is joined by assistant coach Adriana Quirke…Quirke was Jager’s assistant coach at Idaho for his last three seasons with the Vandals, and quickly made the move to Washington State after Jager was hired as the Cougars’ head coach…rounding out the Cougar coaching staff are volunteer assistant coach Jesse Grow and student assistant coach Kelsey Bruggman.