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WSU Sits Fourth after Opening Day at Chick-Fil-A Invitational

Oct 7, 2022

FRESNO, Calif. (October 7, 2022) – Washington State sits fourth overall on the opening day of the Chick-Fil-A Invitational hosted by Fresno State University Friday. 

The University of California owns the lead through 12 events, UCLA sits second, San Jose State University third, WSU fourth, San Diego State fifth, and Colorado State University sixth. The opening day featured teams collecting points in diving which WSU does not have. 

"We are sitting fourth, behind two impressive Pac-12 Conference teams and the defending Mountain West champions but today was one of our stronger swims as a team and I'm excited to see how we respond to an important session tomorrow," head coach Matt Leach said. "We've done a good job in preparing and executing a plan so far and I'm excited to see our student-athletes continue to improve and be hungry to race. Go Cougs!"

Freshman Dori Hathazi finished third overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a 55:09, the tenth-fastest time in program history and fellow freshman Emily Lundgren placed eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke to earn 11 points. 

Senior captain, Jewel Springer placed sixth in the 400-yard IM to earn 13 points. 

Sophomore Noelle Harvey placed third in the 200-yard Freestyle 25.77 to earn 16 points. 

In the morning session, Hathazi placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle while Harvey tallied 11 points and placed eighth in the same event. 

The Cougar's 800-yard freestyle team of Angela Di Palo, Dori Hathazi, Kirsten de Goede, and Selana Duran placed fourth while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Di Palo, Harvey, De Goede and Clara Anderson placed seventh to earn 24 points. 

The Chick-Fil-A Invitational wraps up Saturday.