After a month without competition, the Washington State swimming team will go to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the Hawkeye Invitational…the meet, hosted by Iowa, will be contested Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with each day of competition starting at 8 a.m. PST.
The Cougars head to Iowa after a month off from competition, with their last competition being a dual meet hosted by Seattle…Washington State dominated the meet by a final count of 176-80, winning nine of 12 individual events and both relays…Cougar freshman Elise Locke continued making waves in her debut season…Locke won two events, the 1000 free (10:29.72) and 200 fly (2:04.09)...the other seven Cougars to champion individual events were Emma Johansson (100 back), Frederikke Hall (100 breast), Haley Rose Love (50 free), Nicole Proulx (100 free), Loree Olson (200 back), Emma Ronczkowski (500 free), and Alison Mand (100 fly)…relay team of Johansson, Hall, Mand, and Love won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:51.18 to open the meet…Anne Kenney, Love, Johansson, and Proulx concluded the meet with a victory in the 200 free relay (1:35.83)…the dual meet win was the second consecutive win for the Cougars, making them 2-3 in dual meets.
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.
Washington State will face women’s teams from Boise State (2-3 in dual meets), Denver (2-2), Nebraska (2-2-1), Notre Dame (4-3), and host school Iowa (3-1) in the Hawkeye Invitational…Iowa State will compete in diving events only.