Cougars Knock Off Arizona for First Time in Program History
PULLMAN, Wash. (October 15, 2021) – Washington State Women's Swimming made history Friday morning, posting its first win over Arizona in program history with a 131.5-129.5 victory at Gibb Pool.
The Cougars entered the meet having dropped all five of the previous meetings with Wildcats before collecting seven individual victories in the conference opener. Senior Taylor McCoy led the way with a meet-best 21 points after winning the 200 back and 200 IM while five different Cougars collected wins (Chloe Larson, Lauren Burckel, Mackenzie Duarte) including a pair of freshmen, Noelle Harvey and Angela Di Palo.
WSU opened the meet finishing second and third in the 200 medley relay while freshman Noelle Harvey, swimming her first career meet, won the 1000 free and senior Lauren Burckel later won the 100 breast. Defending Pac-12 Conference 50-free champion Chloe Larson notched a win in the 50 free, freshman Angela Di Palo won the 100 free just ahead of Larson and McCoy followed with a win in the 200 back.
The Cougars trailed early on but began to make their move in the tenth event by sweeping the top three spots in the 200 breast led by senior Mackenzie Duarte. Harvey finished second in the 500 free before the Cougars swept the 200 individual medley led by McCoy and WSU's top 400 medley relay team finished second to clinch the win.
Washington State will close out the weekend hosting Arizona State Saturday at 10:30 a.m.