Pac-12 Weekly Analysis: Unprecedented Victory for Washington State

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Photo Courtesy: Washington State Athletics

By Dan D’Addona.

Earning an unprecedented victory can jumpstart a team.

The Washington State women will now see where the momentum takes them.

The Cougars defeated No. 15 UCLA 143-119 on Saturday. It not only was an upset of a highly ranked team, but it was the first victory Washington State has ever had against the Bruins.

After all the years, all the meets, this was huge for the Cougars.

When recruits are looking at Washington State this win will be brought up.

The Cougars won 10 of the 14 events. Here are some of the highlights:

Sophomore Jasmine Margetts led the way for the Cougars with wins in the 100 back (56.67), 200 back (2:01.77) and 400 IM (4:24.16). In total, she contributed 27 points to the Cougars’ total to lead the team.

Freshman Ryan Falk won the 200 free with a time of 1:52.29, and added a first-place finish in the 500 free (4:58.36). She tallied 18 points to WSU’s score, continuing her impressive freshman campaign.

Angela Mavrantza notched her third win of the season with an impressive performance in the 100 breast with a 1:04.31, just ahead of UCLA’s Emma Schanz.

Hannah Bruggman took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.88.

Senior Elise Locke won the 200 fly in 2:01.73, out-touching UCLA’s Amy Okada by two seconds.

Arizona State sweeps Denver

The Arizona State women needed a meet like this. While the men cruised past Denver, the women’s meet came down to the final two events.

The Sun Devils will be able to use this experience of a close victory the rest of the season, which they will need in the loaded Pac-12.

The men rolled to a 196-99 win, while the women held off Denver for a 152.5-135.5 win.

Here are some of the highlights:

The ASU men took an early lead and continued to build upon it throughout the meet while the women’s decision came down to the final two events – the 400 IM and the 200 free relay.

In the 400 IM, Marlies Ross and Denver’s Maddie Myers traded advantage at each turn and at the final touch, the result cwas a stunning tie as both women touched the wall at 4:17.75. Ross improved her time significantly from last weekend, nine seconds faster than a week ago.

Denver still within striking distance heading into the women’s free relay, but Claire Fisch, Ingibjorg Jonsdottir, Alysha Bush and Kat Simonovic hung on to win by three second s (1:31.7).

Individually, Bush (50 free, 100 free) and Cameron Craig (100 free, 200 free) continued their dominant performances from last weekend, each winning multiple events for the Sun Devils.

Craig won the 100 freestyle in 49.3, an NCAA provisional cut, and the 200 in 1:38.61.

Bush won the 50 in 22.77, an NCAA provisional cut, and the 100 in 49.97, also an NCAA cut.

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Chuck Kroll
5 years ago

Nice job Coach Jager and Team!