Washington State Tops UCSD in Five-Way Meet

The Washington State swim team picked up its first win of the season during the five-team meet hosted by San Diego State, Friday.

The Cougars competed against Rice, San Diego State, TCU and UC San Diego and had an overall dual meet record of 1-3 through the competition.

TheWashington State win came against UC San Diego when the Cougars outscored the Tritons 147-140, with Washington State earning first place points in eight events.

The best Cougar finishes of the day came when the junior Evelina Bieleckaite placed second in the 50 free with a time of 24.06 and sophomore Emma Johansson captured second in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 57.08.

Other noteworthy Washington State performances came when junior Shelbi Luchini finished third in the 200 IM clocking a 2:08.72 and the relay team comprised of seniors Jessie Craig and Emma Neely, Bieleckaite and Johansson took third in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.14. The relay finish earned the Cougars first place points against Rice, TCU, and UC San Diego.

"The girls worked hard this week," stated Washington State Head Coach Tom Jager. "We swam well and our seniors really performed."

While in San Diego, the Cougars also participated in a winter training program where they worked on switching from a conditioning focus to a racing mindset. "We had a great winter training," commented Jager. "We worked on our racing and our pace work. We are in great shape and excited to get into our championship season. The goal is to get faster and better every meet."

The Washington State swim team returns to competition Saturday, Jan. 21 with an 11 a.m. meet atSeattle.