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Dori Hathazi Wins 200 Fly, WSU Finishes Fourth at Chick-Fil-A Invitational

Oct 8, 2022

FRESNO, Calif. (October 8, 2022) – Washington State finishes fourth overall on the final day of the Chick-Fil-A Invitational hosted by Fresno State University Saturday. 
 
UCLA won the meet while NCAA-participant San Diego State University was second, California who placed first at last year's Chick-Fil-A invitational was third, WSU fourth, and Colorado State University fifth. WSU does not have diving and the meet featured teams collecting points in diving. 
 
Freshman Dori Hathazi won the 200-yard butterfly to earn 20 points. This was WSU's first win of the Chick-Fil-A invite since Head Coach Matt Leach was hired in 2018. 
 
Fellow freshman, Emily Lundgren swam head-to-head with UCLA's Ana Jih-Schiff and took second in the 200-yard breaststroke to earn 17 points. 
 
"After finishing strong last night and in the second session we wanted to make sure that we had our pedal to the medal coming into our third and final session today," Head Coach Matt Leach said. "Josie came out of the mile and was fifth with a really impressive time and then we follow that up with the tuner backstroke where Noelle Harvey was fixed." 
 
Junior Josie Liebzeit placed 5th in the 1650-yard to earn 14 points and Noelle Harvey placed 6th to earn 13 points in the 200-yard backstroke. 
 
Sophomore Angela di Palo was 7th in the 100-yard freestyle to earn 12 points. 
 
Senior Captain Jewel Springer continued the team's progress in the 200-yard freestyle and placed 6th to earn 13 points. 
 
The Cougar's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Noelle Harvey, Angela Di Palo, Kirsten de Goede, and Dori Hathazi placed 3rd while the 400-yard medley relay team of Anna Rauchholz, Emily Lundgren, Dori Hathazi, and Angela di Palo earned 24 points to place 7th. 
 
"It's a great meet for us a learning meet. We're still working on a lot of skills and we're hoping to be a little sharper against Cal but overall, we have some people respond and step up" Head Coach Matt Leach said.