Kyle Koch / The Daily Evergreen Led by junior Kelly Tannhauser, WSU swimming opened its season before a crowd of more than 500 with a convincing 179-83 victory over Seattle University.
Tannhauser led all scorers with 27 total points and three outstanding performances in the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley. She said she really improved in dual meets because of her offseason training regimen.
WSU also had four of the top five scorers at the meet.
The Cougars jumped out with a strong start as all three WSU teams finished ahead of Seattle in the opening 200 medley relay. The WSU “A” relay team, including junior Emma Johansson, freshman Presley Wetterstrom, sophomore Ali Mand and senior Jenna Bekker, finished first with a time of 1:47.69.
WSU Assistant Coach Adriana Quirke said she was excited about the overall effort of her team.
“Our relays were a plus tonight,” she said. “We finished all our races strong, and we are a lot tougher this year.”
The Cougars closed the meet with another impressive relay performance in the 200 freestyle as both the WSU teams touched the wall ahead of all three Seattle teams. The WSU “A” relay team, including Anne Kenney, Evelina Bieleckaite, Bekker and Johansson, finished first with a time of 1:35.41, nearly a second away from the WSU Gibb Pool record.
Even though they defeated the Redhawks last season, the Cougars were excited to start their season off with this win.
“Overall we performed better a lot sooner this meet,” Tannhauser said. “This win gives us a lot of confidence for our upcoming meets.”
Next for the Cougars is a road trip Oct. 26 and 27 to face Arizona and Arizona State in a weekend of dual meets.