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Women's Swim Opens Season On the Road at Washington State

Oct 15, 2021

TEMPE -- The 2021-22 women's swimming season will officially commence when the No. 22 Sun Devils visit the Washington State Cougars in Pullman, Washington, on Saturday, October 16, with a 10:30 a.m. meet.

It'll be the Sun Devils first taste of competition since February 29, 2020, when the team last swam at the Pac-12 Championships. Head coach Bob Bowman and his staff opted to redshirt the entire roster last season in lieu of a regular season.

It'll also be the first time the Sun Devils have competed against the Cougars since January 12, 2019, and their first trip to Pullman in three years. Since 2007, the two have matched up seven times, with the Sun Devils earning wins in five of those.

Fresh off a season in which head coach Matt Leach guided his program to its highest ever team score at the Pac-12 Championships, the Cougars (1-0) opened their regular season on October 2 with a 166-128 win at the University of Idaho.

They're led by senior Chloe Larson, the school's first Pac-12 Conference individual champion in program history after a win in the 50 freestyle last spring. Larson was joined by Mackenzie Duarte and Taylor McCoy as the three Cougars to compete at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials over the summer.

The Sun Devils Women's program hasn't lost a season opening meet since Oct. 3, 2014 (94-142 loss vs. Wisconsin), good for a perfect 4-0 record in season openers under Bowman.

The meet can be viewed via the Cougars' home stream, which can be found here.