Cowgirls Swimmers Chalk Up 5th Dual Win of Season

From the desk of Amy Dambro

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Cowgirl swimming team recorded its fifth dual win of the season with a 140-122 victory over the Washington State Cougars on Friday night. It was the Cowgirls first win over WSU in four meetings.

“The meet was really fun today,” said assistant swimming coach Jim Bossert. “The ladies had three goals they wanted to accomplish which were to cheer more, have fun and swim fast and that’s what they did. Some highlights of the meet were Hannah (Mclean-Leonard) winning both the 100 and 200 butterfly. Erin (Eccelston) and Emily (Sizemore) both swam personal bests and Isobel (Ryan) continues to get better every week. We are looking forward to seeing the team tomorrow against Idaho and swimming in events they wouldn’t normally be competing in.”

Wyoming used its depth to capture the victory over the Cougars, after winning six of the 14 events. The Cowgirls were paced with multiple season bests from several individuals. The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Hannah Mclean-Leonard, who won both of her events on the night. She won 200-yard butterfly with a season best time of 2:05.45, followed with a victory and season best in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.43.

Freshman Erin Eccleston placed second behind Mclean-Leonard in the 200 butterfly touching the wall in a personal best time of 2:06.11. Senior Isobel Ryan earned a victory in the 50-yard freestyle with a season best time of 23.91. She finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, setting a season best time of 51.63.

 UW also got a large contribution from junior Daniela Luna Rocha. She set a season best time by five seconds with a time of 10:16.55 to win the 1000-yard freestyle. She followed that up with a second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, marking her second best time on the season of 5:03.75. In the 100-yard backstroke, the Cowgirls swept the top three spots, with two out of those three setting season best marks.

Senior Samantha Burke set the pace with her second best time of the season, touching the wall in 57.00. Fellow senior Connor Tarver finished just behind Burke with a season best time of 57.05, while freshman Emily Sizemore placed third and set a new personal record with a time 57.32.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Burke, Niemann, Mclean-Leonard and Ryan touched the wall in a season-best time of 1:45.31, while the team of Mclean-Leonard, Sani Carsrud, Lainee Jones and Ryan took second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:35.65.

There were no diving events in this meet as Washington State does not field a diving team.