California Women Roll Over Washington State In Two-Day Dual Meet

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The California women’s swimming team headed north for a two-day dual meet against Washington State. The Golden Bears triumphed with a score of 299.5-131.5, winning all but the three breaststroke events.

California press release:
Freshmen Amy Bilquist, Katie McLaughlin and Kathleen Baker combined to win five individual events and help in a pair of relay victories to lead Cal to a 139-66 edge over Washington State after the first 11 events of a two-day dual meet.

The reigning NCAA champion Golden Bears set three Gibb Pool records in their opening dual of the season. Baker, junior Marina Garcia, sophomore Noemie Thomas and junior Farida Osman started off with a new mark in the 400-yard medley relay, finishing in 3:43.74. In the final event of the evening, junior Celina Li, McLaughlin, freshman Jenna Campbell and senior Elizabeth Pelton set the 800 free relay pool record in 7:24.36. In between, Bilquist covered the 100 backstroke in a record 54.89.

Bilquist also captured the 200 free in 1:51.13, while McLaughlin claimed the 50 free (23.73) and 100 free (50.91), and Baker the 400 individual medley (4:22.35).

Other winning times came from senior Kelly Naze in the 1000 free (10:09.34), Osman in the 100 fly (54.73) and Pelton in the 500 free (5:00.74).

Cal set three more pool records on day two of its dual meet with Washington State Saturday and emerged with the overall victory, 299.50-131.50.

Freshman Amy Bilquist started the run with a Gibb Pool record in the 50-yard free when she touched in 23.14. On Friday, Bilquist set a new standard in the 100 backstroke.

Later during the morning competition, senior Elizabeth Pelton, the American-record holder in the 200 back, lowered the pool mark in her specialty to 1:57.18. In addition, the foursome of Valerie Hull, Rachel Bootsma, Bilquist and Farida Osman finished off the meet with a pool record in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.76.

The Bears established three Gibb Pool marks Friday night among the 11 races contested.

On Saturday, Bilquist added a title in the 50 back (25.58), while Osman and Pelton joined her with two individual event wins apiece. Osman took the 50 fly (24.18) and 100 free (50.84), and Pelton claimed the 200 free (1:49.21) to go with her 200 back victory.

Other Bears to come out on top were Kelly Naze in the 200 individual medley (2:03.85), Celina LI in the 200 butterfly (2:00.12) and Marina Garcia in the 500 free (5:00.83).

Cal, the defending NCAA champion, returns to Berkeley for its home opener next week, hosting Utah Thursday at 5 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Washington State press release:
Sixteenth-ranked Washington State swimming raced against No. 3 California, Friday at Gibb Pool. In the first eleven events of a two-day meet, the Golden Bears are leading 139-66.

Senior Presley Wetterstrom picked up Washington State’s win in the 100 breaststroke. Wetterstrom finished with a time of 1:04.62, followed closely by classmate Frederikke Hall at 1:04.66.

“I was proud of our breaststrokers, those are two seniors that worked hard, they started when the program was over 200 and now we’re in the top-25 in the country,” head coach Tom Jager said. “So for them to place first and second in the breaststroke, that’s a big deal.”

Wetterstrom added a second place finish in the 400 IM (4:28.18) and senior Michelle Berry finished in fourth at 4:33.03.

The Cougars started the day with a third place finish in the 400 medley relay, picking up two points for the team.

Junior Addisynn Bursch tallied eight points for the Cougars. She touched the wall second in both the 200 freestyle (1:51.86) and the 100 freestyle (51.49).

Junior Haley Rose Love picked up four points for the Cougars when she finished second in the 100 backstroke at 57.17. She also added two points with a fourth place finish the 50 freestyle (24.00).

Junior Elise Locke finished third in the 100 butterfly at 55.69, placing 10th on the WSU Top-10 list. Sophomore Anna Brolin finished second for the Cougars and fourth overall in the 100 butterfly at 56.81. Locke also picked up two points for the Cougars in the 200 freestyle.

Sophomore Hannah Bruggman had a pair of third place finishes, in the 100 freestyle at 52.31 and in the 50 freestyle at 23.94.

The Cougars earned a second and fourth place finish in the 500 freestyle. Junior Kendra Griffin finished second at 5:06.71 and redshirt freshman Jessica Marston at 5:09.00. Griffin also earned a third place finish in the 1000 freestyle, finishing first for the Cougars (10:23.79).

Rachel Thompson, Loree Olson and Linnea Lindberg all added one point to the Cougars score. Thompson got her point in the 200 freestyle (1:53.80), Olson in the 100 backstroke (58.17) and Lindberg in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.78).

In the final event of the day, both the Cougars and the Bears broke the Gibb Pool record in the 800 Freestyle. California won the event and set the record at 2:24.36. California also broke two other Gibb Pool records in the 400 medley relay (3:43.74) and in the 100 backstroke at 54.89.

Sixteenth-ranked Washington State swimming tallied two first place finishes on day two of the dual meet against No. 3 California in a 299.50-131.5 defeat.

Senior Presley Wetterstrom picked up her second win of the two-day meet in the 200 breaststroke. Her time of 2:16.53 placed her sixth on the WSU Top-10 list. Wetterstrom also finished fifth in the 200 IM (2:08.85) adding two points to the Cougars’ score. Wetterstrom tallied the most points for WSU, 24.

The Cougars picked up 13 points in the 50 yard breaststroke. Freshman Linnea Lindberg touched the wall first at 30.19. Senior Frederikke Hall followed her at 30.27. Hall also earned one point in the 200 IM (2:10.18).

Freshman Jasmine Margetts also broke into the WSU Top-10 list. She finished third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.81, placing her at sixth on the list.

Sophomore Hannah Bruggman picked up six points for Washington State on Saturday with a second place finish in the 50 backstroke (26.71) and a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle (51.88).

Freshman Ciera Kelly followed Bruggman in the 50 backstroke at 27.35. Kelly also finished fifth in the 50 freestyle at 24.56, picking up one point for the Cougars.

Junior Addisynn Bursch earned a total of 18 points for the Cougars, with 10 on Saturday. In the 50 freestyle, Bursch clocked a time of 24.17, touching the wall second. Bursch also had a pair of third place finishes, the 200 backstroke (2:03.94) and the 200 breaststroke (2:20.00). Following Bursch in the 200 backstroke was senior Loree Olsen at 2:04.27.

Junior Elise Locke earned four points for the Cougars when she finished fourth in both the 200 freestyle (1:53.43) and the 500 freestyle 5:02.10).

In the 50 butterfly the Cougars picked up three points. Junior Haley Rose Love touched the wall fourth (25.83), behind her was sophomore Anna Brolin at 25.91.

In the 200 butterfly, junior Kendra Griffin picked up two points for the Cougars when she touched the wall fourth (2:05.02).

Redshirt freshman Jessica Marston contributed one point to the Cougars score when she finished fifth in the 500 freestyle at 5:10.13

The Cougars closed the day with a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Love, Bruggman, Hailey Johnson, and Locke earned three points to finish out the two-day meet.

Washington State returns to the pool when it travels to Tempe, Ariz. to face Arizona State on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.

2015 Washington State Women vs. California Dual Meet – Results

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Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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