Washington State’s swimming team came away with a huge victory Saturday as the Cougars knocked off No. 23 UCLA. WSU came away with first place finishes in 10 of 14 events.
While beating a ranked opponent is always something to celebrate, Saturday’s win has added significance for WSU. It was the Cougs’ first win of the season and the first in school history over UCLA. It’s one thing to get the monkey off your back for the season, its another to do it for the history of the program.
Sophomore Jasmine Margetts and freshman Ryan Falk led the way for WSU, as both won multiple events on the day. Margetts finished first in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley. Falk had the fastest time in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.
The Cougs also had a fine showing the 200 medley relay. The team of Hannah Bruggman, Angela Mavrantza, Anna Brolin and Haley Rose Love won the race with a time of 1:43.28, the fastest by a WSU team in the event this season.
This week WSU will host Northern Arizona for a meet. The two teams will race at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Gibb Pool.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams raced Friday at the Pac-12 Championships in Tucson, Arizona. The fifteenth ranked men’s team came in fifth place while the women tallied the 11th most points.
While neither team had a huge breakthrough with the race, the competition at the event was steep. Of the four teams that finished above WSU on the men’s side, all of them are ranked in the top 10 in the nation. On the women’s side, the seven fastest teams are all ranked in the top 25.
Sam Levora had WSU’s fastest time and came in 15th place overall. Michael Williams, John Whelan, and Nathan Wadhwani also finished in the top 30. In the women’s race, Devon Bortfield was the first Coug to cross the finish line, coming in 37th.
Both teams have a little bit of time before their next race, the NCAA West Regionals. They’ll travel to Sacramento for that one on Nov. 11.
The soccer and volleyball teams switched roles this weekend, as the Cougs were undefeated on the pitch, but failed to get a win on the court.
The soccer team had its best weekend since September as they knocked off Oregon St 2-1 Friday and then tied Oregon 1-1 Sunday. It was the second win of conference play for the Cougs, and the first tie since they played TCU seven weeks ago.
Kaitlyn Johnson led the way offensively for WSU. She recorded the first goal in a comeback victory over OSU and assisted WSU’s goal against the Ducks. On Friday, WSU fell behind early as Nikki Farris scored in the eighth minute for the Beavers. It wasn’t until the 72nd minute that the Cougs were able to equal the score. The second, and game-winning, goal took quite a bit less time, as WSU put another ball in the back of the net five minutes later.
The soccer team will play its last game of the season Thursday as the take on UW at Lower Soccer Field. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. and you can watch it on the Pac-12 Network.
The volleyball team was swept in the Bay Area over the weekend, falling to Stanford and Cal in straight sets. Thankfully, they only dropped five spots in this weeks AVCA Coaches Poll, the most stable poll in college sports.
The team comes home this weekend as they look to respond to the setback. The Cougs play Pac-12 bottom feeder Oregon State on Friday at 7 p.m. Oregon will visit Pullman Sunday at noon, a game you can watch on Pac-12 Network. Both games will be played in Bohler Gym.