CORVALLIS, Oregon, January 28. THE Washington State University swimming team defeated the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis, Friday, winning by a final score of 156-106. The Cougars are now 6-2 in dual meets for the season, while the Beavers dropped to 1-8.
Talor Whitaker led the way for the Cougars with individual wins in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. WSU piled on the points in the 200 IM, as the Chesterton, Ind., native was followed by Shelbi Luchini and Danielle Palumbo, who finished second and third, respectively.
The 200 IM was one of three events that the Cougars swept the 1-2-3 positions. Jennifer Dean, Rachael Krager and Lora Lougee achieved the feat in the 1000 freestyle, while Rugile Mileisyte, Evelina Bieleckaite and Melissa Bogert did the same in the 100 freestyle.
In addition to their individual wins, Dean and Mileisyte were also part of the relay squad that finished first in the 400 freestyle relay.
The Cougars received help in the breaststroke events from juniors Jessie Craig and Marina Ruiz Jimenez. Ruiz Jimenez led the way in the 200 breaststroke but Craig was close behind as the duo finished in the top two spots. Craig touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke while Ruiz Jimenez picked up third-place points.
"Everyone on this team contributed to this win in a big way," said WSU head coach Erica Quam. "The team showed its character bouncing back from a tough loss at home last weekend and I'm really proud of them. Now we have to take that fight into the rest of our season, especially going into the Pac-10 Championships, and I really believe that we will."
The Cougars will return home to face the University of Idaho Vandals, Saturday, Feb. 5 at Gibb Pool. WSU has already defeated the Vandals twice this year. The first was a 125-80 victory in a dual meet at Moscow, the second came during a relay meet at Gibb Pool where the Cougars beat both the Vandals and the Redhawks of Seattle.
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