Taylor McCoy Leads Washington State Past Arizona for First Time

Washington State versus Idaho during the Cougars 178-84 win over the Vandals in a non-conference NCAA college women's swim meet Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at Gibb Pool in Pullman, Wash. It was also Alumni Night, with several swimming alumni present.
Washington State Photo Courtesy: Dean Hare

Taylor McCoy Leads Washington State Past Arizona for First Time

Two wins by Taylor McCoy, including a late 1-2-3 finish in the 200 individual medley, led Washington State to a 131.5-129.5 win over Arizona Friday at Gibb Pool.

It’s the first time the Cougars have beaten the Wildcats in program history, their sixth meeting.

McCoy won the 200 backstroke in 2:03.22. She then clocked in at 2:05.86 to lead the way in the 200 IM, followed by teammates Mackenzie Duarte and Lauren Burckel. That gave Washington State the cushion to just need a second place in the culminating 400 freestyle relay to clinch the win. The foursome of Chloe Larson, Paige Gardner, Hailey Grotte and Angela Di Palo got it done by finishing a safe second.

Noelle Harvey started it for the Cougars by winning the 1,000 free, then the freshman finished second in the 500 free. Burckel won the 100 breaststroke and was second in the 200 breast, part of another crucial 1-2-3 with Duarte in first and Alexandra Vartiainen third.

Larson won the 50 free, then finished second to Di Palo in the 100 free. The freshman Di Palo was also second in the 200 free.

Arizona bookended the meet with relay wins in the 200 medley and 400 free. Amalie Mortensen won the 200 free and 500 free. Julia Heimstead won the 200 fly and then paced a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 fly to mount a late-meet charge, with Madeline Burt and Felicity Passon. She was also on both winning relays along with Grace Anderson (second in the 50 free, third in the 100 free). Aria Bernal won the 100 back.

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