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WSU Closes Out Regular Season Hosting Idaho

Jan 28, 2021

WSU Swimming Preview - Idaho | Meet Livestream

Idaho at Washington State
5 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 25, 2021
Gibb Pool | Pullman, Wash.

Washington State (3-1) is set to close out the regular season with duel meet against Idaho (1-1) set for Friday at 5 p.m. at Gibb Pool.

Friday's meet will be webstreamed through, visit the swimming schedule page on for the link. Washington State Athletics is committed to providing a safe environment for its staff, coaches and student-athletes, as well as the Pullman community, during the 2020-21 swimming season. No spectators will be allowed at any Pac-12 swimming meets.

WSU owns a 22-7 all-time record against Idaho including the last five matchups after claiming a pair wins in two meetings in Moscow this past November. The Cougars also posted a 173-89 victory in Pullman last season and Idaho's last win in the series came in 2011.

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 nine races in route to a 161-100 win at Seattle University Saturday. The Cougars remained perfect in the all-time series with the Redhawks, posting their ninth straight win against SU. Senior Taylor McCoy recorded a pair of wins in the 200 free and 200 IM to push her season win total to a team-best six. WSU opened with meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, freshman Josie Liebzeit followed with a win in the 1000 free, McCoy added a win in the 200 free and freshman Hailey Grotte won the 100 breast. A pair of underclassmen recorded their first collegiate wins as sophomore Jewel Springer won the 200 fly and freshman Kaya Takashige claimed the 50 free.

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. 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 a win from freshman Kiana Swain in the 200 Fly, 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 Taylor McCoy's victories in the 200 IM and 400 IM. The following day, WSU recorded wins in all four events as McCoy won the 200 back,  Chloe Larson won the 100 free, Mackenzie Duarte won the 200 breast and 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 joined WSU after spending the previous 10 seasons as a member of the East Carolina University Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving coaching staff following a decorated career as a student-athlete at ECU. Moore worked the prior 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 US Open qualifier. 

Washington State signed five to National Letters of Intent 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. Out of the pool, Macy is a two-time Scholastic All-American and is interested in studying chemical engineering. 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 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.