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Cougars Head to Seattle U For Saturday Duel Meet

Jan 22, 2021

WATCH | Matt Leach Press Conference | WSU Swimming Preview - at Seattle U

Washington State at Seattle U
Seattle, Wash. | Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

Washington State will hit the road for the first time this season for a dual meet at Seattle U set for Saturday at 10 a.m.

Saturday's meet will be webstreamed through, visit the swimming schedule page on for the link. No spectators will be allowed at the meet.

WSU owns an 8-0 all-time record against Seattle University including a 4-0 mark in Seattle. The Cougars and Redhawks will be meeting for the first time since February in 2016, a 181-80 WSU win in Seattle.

Washington State earned CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honors after posting a 3.61 GPA in the Fall 2020 semester. The Cougars earned the honor for the ninth straight semester including all five under head coach Matt Leach. 

Washington State claimed seven races including a record-setting win by senior Chloe Larson in the Cougars 140-118 defeat to Utah in the Pac-12 Conference opener last Friday evening at Gibb Pool. WSU received a pair of wins from Michee Van Rooyen in the 200 Free and 500 Free while Larson posted wins in the 50 Free and 100 Free. Larson, a senior from Rapid City, S.D., put her name atop the Gibb Pool record book with a 22.70 time to win the 50 free, breaking Canadian Olympian Taylor Ruck's mark she set while competing for Stanford in 2018. The Cougars also received wins from freshman Kiana Swain in the 200 Fly, senior Mackenzie Duarte in the 200 Breast and senior Taylor McCoy in the 200 IM. Van Rooyen and Larson each tied for the meet-high in points scored with (18) while Swain's win was the eighth-fastest 200 fly time in program-history (2:03.74).

Washington State Women's Swimming opened the 2020-21 season with a pair of wins at Idaho in November. In the opener, the Cougars recorded seven wins in the 13 events lead by senior Taylor McCoy's victories in the 200 IM and 400 IM. Freshman Josie Liebzeit won her first career race in the 500 free and senior Chloe Larson capped the morning with an impressive win in the 50 free. In the afternoon, freshman Alexandra Vartiainen won the 50 breast before McCoy added her second win of the day, this time in the 400 IM. WSU closed the meet with wins by sophomore Michee Van Rooyen in the 200 free and freshman Hailey Grotte in the 100 breast. The following day, WSU recorded wins in all four events as McCoy won the 200 back, senior Chloe Larson won the 100 free, senior Mackenzie Duarte won the 200 breast and sophomore Mia Zahab ended the meet with a win in the 200 fly. 

Mackenzie Duarte ended last winter's 2019 U.S. Open earning an Olympic Trial Cut time in the 200 breast to send her to Omaha. Duarte joined Cougar teammates Taylor McCoy (200 back) and Lauren Burckel (200 breast, 100 breast) who also recorded Olympic Trial cut times during the 2019 summer. The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trails have been rescheduled for the 2021 summer in Omaha, Neb. Mia Zahab recorded Olympic Trial times for Team Canada in seven events.

Kate Moore was announced as the Cougars' assistant coach Aug. 21. Moore joins WSU as spending the previous 10 seasons as a member of the East Carolina University Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving coach staff following a decorated four-year career as a student-athlete at ECU. Moore worked the past three seasons as ECU's associate head coach, the previous two seasons as the head assistant coach and prior five seasons as an assistant coach. During Moore's time on the staff, the Pirates won four American Athletic Conference titles, sent nine athletes to the NCAA Championships and helped ECU claim 41 individual conference titles and 21 relay championships. A native of Pottstown, Pa., Moore was a four-time all-conference performer, championship finalist and U.S. Open qualifier. 

Washington State signed five to National Letters of Intent earlier this week, head coach Matt Leach announced Nov. 13. The Cougars added Noelle Harvey, Sophie Macy, Noelle Marsh, Ilaria Moro and Taylor Schababerle each signed NLI's to join the Cougars next fall. Noelle Harvey is a native of Carlsbad, Calif. and swims the freestyle and backstroke for La Costa Canyon High School and North Coast Aquatics. Harvey helped LCCHS to a CIF State Championship with wins in the 100 free and 100 back as a sophomore, placed second in the 200 back and third in the 100 back at the 2019 Speed Champions Series last December, and finished fourth in the 200 back at the 2020 Carlsbad Sectionals. In the classroom, Harvey was a Scholastic All-American as a sophomore. Sophie Macy is a native of Chanhassen, Minn. and is expected to swim the backstroke. Macy was a four-time All-State selection, set the school record in the 100 breast, was a five-time Club State Champion and was a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. Macy, who swims for the WEST Express Swim Team, was a Winter Juniors qualifier in the 200 breast and 400 IM, opened 2020 with state championship wins in the 200 IM and 400 IM, and a third-place finish in the 200 breast. Out of the pool, Macy is a two-time Scholastic All-American and is interested in studying chemical engineering at Washington State. Noelle Marsh is a native of Magnolia, Texas and swims sprint freestyle for the Magnolia Aquatic Club. Marsh is a four-time 5A State Championship finalist for Magnolia High School, finishing fifth in the 50 free and 100 free while also helping the 200 medley relay team to a third-place finish as a junior. Marsh was also a two-time qualifier in the 2016-17 NCSA Championships and will be a MHS team captain for the 2020-21 season. Out of the pool, Marsh served as the USA Gulf Swimming Treasurer last year and will serve on the USA Gulf Swimming Finance Committee this season. Ilaria Moro is out of Gigliano, Italy and swims the butterfly for Sinsport Rane Rosee club team. As a junior at the 2018 Italian Championships, Moro earned a medal in the 100 butterfly and was a part of the 4x100 free relay team that set an Italian junior record. As a senior at the 2019 Italian Championships, Moro earned a medal in the 200 fly and two medals in the 100 freestyle relay and 200 free relay. Taylor Schababerle is out of Katy, Texas and swims the freestyle for James Taylor High School and Katy Aquatics. As a junior, Schababerle finished ninth in the 200 free at the 2020 Texas UIL 6A State Championships and later won the 1000 free, placed third in the 500 free and 200 free at the 2020 Gulf Short Course Championships. Schababerle is a two-time Academic All-District selection and was a member of the All-America 400 freestyle relay team. Out of the pool, Schababerle was a member of the National Honor Society and the Peer Assistance Leadership program.