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The Roundup: WSU swimming sweeps in San Diego

The swim team picked up a pair of victories and the women's basketball team got their season underway this weekend.

WSU's Kendra Griffin won a pair of races in San Diego this weekend
WSU's Kendra Griffin won a pair of races in San Diego this weekend
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The weekend went by quickly for the swimmers of WSU, who picked up 10 race wins on their way to victories over San Diego St. and New Mexico. The meet pitted the No. 32 Cougars against a pair of Mountain West schools at the Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego on Saturday.

WSU's star of the weekend, freshman Jasmine Margetts, claimed individual wins in the 200 backstroke and the 100 back, and also swam in the 200 medley relay to help the Cougs touch the wall first. Margetts finished the 200 back in 1:59.29, which was an Aztec Aquaplex record and good for fourth in WSU history.

Margetts wasn't the only Coug with a pair of first place finishes, however, as junior Kendra Griffin did the same in a couple of longer races. Griffin won both the 1000 freestyle and 500 free.

The Cougs ended up besting the no. 41 Aztecs 161.5-132.5 and the Lobos 195-93. They will next travel to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes the weekend of Nov. 20 for a three-day meet.

The women's basketball team saw their first game action Friday as they hosted Lewis and Clark St. for an exhibition game. The Cougs came away with a 79-37 victory and an  impressive defensive performance.

WSU recorded 18 steals in the game and outrebounded the overmatched Warriors, 59-25. On offense, it was a balanced effort for the Cougs who got scoring from all 14 players.

Alexys Swedlund and Borislava Hristova, a pair of freshmen, stood out for the Cougars. All but two of Swedlund's 13 attempts came from behind the arc, and she finished with 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting. While that lack efficiency isn't likely what June Daugherty is looking for every night, it's good to see a player come in as a freshman who isn't afraid to shoot. Hristova finished with a more well rounded stat line, scoring 14 points on 5-10 shooting while going 2-of-3 from three-point range.

The Cougs tip off their regular season Friday against UC Santa Barbara at Beasley Coliseum. The game will start at 8:30 p.m. and follows the men's game against Northern Arizona.

It was announced on Monday that the women's soccer team was selected to the NCAA tournament and will play Northwestern on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the Lower Soccer Field. It's the fifth straight year the Cougs have been selected for the tournament.

In addition to the good postseason news this week, it was announced on Tuesday that four Cougar soccer players were named to Pac-12 All-Conference teams. Senior captain Kourtney Guetlein was named to the first team; she is second on the team with six goals and tied for second with four assists. Junior Kaitlyn Johnson was named to the second team, senior Cara Wegner to honorable mention, and freshman goalie Ella Dederick to the All-Freshman team.

Cougar volleyball failed to pick up a win this weekend in Arizona but they pushed a pair of ranked teams to four sets. Junior Kyra Holt played well in both matches, picking up 22 kills against Arizona, and 19 against Arizona St. Both schools are ranked but the losses pushed WSU's losing streak to seven games, as they haven't won a match since beating Oregon St. Oct. 16.

WSU will host Stanford and Cal this weekend for their final home matches of the season. Senior Day will be Sunday at 11 am in Bohler Gym as the Cougs play the Cardinal.

The men's golf team finished up their final tournament of the fall Sunday with a 15th place finish in Hawaii. WSU finished with a score of 892 (+40) at the Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational. No. 13 Oklahoma took home the tournament with a score of 837 (-15). WSU starts its spring season in Tucson on Jan. 29.