After a rough road trip to Los Angeles that featured losses to USC and UCLA, the WSU swim team aims for a victory in front of their home crowd this Friday in Pullman against the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks.
The Cougars (2-5) performed well in their only home meet of the season in a convincing win against Seattle University on Oct. 12. In addition to maintaining a perfect home record, the Cougars look to improve their record against non-Pac-12 opponents. They have won two out of their last three meets against non-conference foes.
Players are excited about returning home and giving their fans a show.
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“It is always fun to swim at home,” junior Emma Johansson said, “It is a special moment when the crowd goes crazy after you win an event.”
Though they may not be prevalent in the win column, the Cougars feel they have shown a great deal of improvement, and it’s credited to the coaching staff lead by Head Coach Tom Jager.
“I am really impressed with the individual performances,” Johansson said. “As a team we have gotten a lot faster and stronger both in and out of the water. Tom really has us working a lot harder than last year and he is definitely one of the reasons we’re doing a lot better.”
In their meet last year, the Cougars fell to the Lumberjacks 161 - 133 on the road in Arizona. However, this time around they know what they need to do in order to come out victorious.
“We need to finish hard and support each other and cheer each other on,” Johansson said, “We know we are good enough to beat them.”
The Cougars face off against Northern Arizona University this Friday in Pullman at 5 p.m. at Gibb Pool.