Pair of Relay Teams Pace Cougars at Chick-Fil-A Invitational
FRESNO, Calif. (October 8, 2021) – Washington State saw a pair of relay teams post Top-10 finishes in the opening day of the Chick-Fil-A Invitational hosted by Fresno State University Friday.
California, who finished fourth in the country last season, owns the lead through 19 events while NCAA-participant San Diego State sits second, NCAA-participant UCLA third, Fresno State fourth, WSU fifth and San Jose State sixth. The opening day also featured teams collecting points in diving (WSU does not have diving).
"We have been getting stronger and stronger each time out and that's what we did today. We started out with better energy then our previous meet and we will continue to work on building off the success of today's sessions," head coach Matt Leach said. "We have the opportunity to pass another team tomorrow without any diving events and reach a goal that we set as a team. I'm excited to see the Cougs getting up and racing. Tomorrow is historically our strongest session! Go Cougs!"
The Cougars' 800 free relay team of Taylor McCoy, Hailey Grotte, Emily Barrier and Angela Di Palo placed fifth to earn 28 points while the 200 free relay team of Chloe Larson, Paige Gardner, Grotte and Di Palo finished sixth to earn 28 points.
Senior Taylor McCoy finished seventh in the 400 IM, fellow senior Chloe Larson tallied 12 points and finished seventh in the 50 free and freshman Angela Di Palo was the top Cougar in the 200 free, finishing No. 12 to earn four points.
The Chick-Fil-A Invitational wraps up Saturday.