By Emily Sampl
BOULDER, Colorado, February 9. ONLY a handful of teams took to the pool in the last weekend of dual meet action this past Friday through Sunday. Most teams wrapped up the dual meet portion of their schedules last weekend, but a few meets still remained. Here are some of the main highlights:
The University of Washington's women's team had a busy few days, winning a convincing meet over Idaho on Thursday and a 162.5-96.5 decision over in-state and conference rival Washington State on Saturday. Lindsay Sharp, Hannah Ross and Ashley Daly picked up two wins apiece on Saturday, while Marisa Chang doubled on Thursday.
Auburn picked up a trio of victories on Saturday as both the men and women beat Florida State and the women edged Texas A&M by two points, 142.5-140.5. The Tigers posted a flurry of B cuts in the two meets; Pascal Wolloch (1:36.43, 200 free; 1:43.49, 200 back) and Logan Madson (47.35, 100 fly; 1:44.61, 200 fly) led the way with two cuts each. Rachel Goh had a strong day for the women, posting her fastest 200 medley relay lead-off of the season in the 50 back (25.15) and winning the 100 back in 53.97 and 100 free in 51.39.
Texas looked strong once again, sweeping SMU on Senior Day on Saturday. Freshmen Leah Gingrich and Kathleen Hersey each won a pair of events, while diver Kathryn Kelly claimed both diving events. Michael Klueh tallied two wins as well, in the 200 (1:37.00) and 500 (4:24.93) freestyles.
Perennial power Drury faced off against Arkansas and looked strong in the loss. Li Tao won the 50 free in 24.13, and teammate Yuan Qing Li finished second in the 200 IM in a solid 2:04.45; Li also won the 200 back in 2:01.55. Drury looks ready to avenge its 12.5 point loss to Truman State at NCAAs last year.
Washington College swept McDaniel College on Saturday, with the men winning 125-67 and the women grabbing a 129-73 victory. Nick Longworth and Matt Violette each won two events for the men, and Rachel Glasser set a new pool record of 58.94 in the women's 100 fly.
Conference championship action begins this Wednesday with the opening day of the Bluegrass Mountain, Great Lakes, New South, Southern, and University Athletic Association Championships.