Swim hosts first cougar alumni exhibition

RYAN MOSHER | Evergreen reporter

WSU swimming (2-1, 0-1) is back at Gibb Pool this weekend as alumni return to celebrate the 40th season of Cougar swimming.

Many alumni will compete with and against current team members. This exhibition meet follows a highly competitive match against No. 24 Arizona last weekend. WSU lost, though the team did grab victories in five races.

WSU’s newcomers impressed in the Arizona match up, as freshman backstroke swimmer Emily Cook won the 100 back against the Wildcats. Junior breaststroke swimmer Clothilde Peseux, a transfer from University of Idaho, won the 200 Breast.

“We’re so excited, we have 50 to 70 alumni coming back this weekend,” Head Coach Tom Jager said. “To me, that makes me proud of what we’ve done together as a unit … they brought me in as a head coach to try to change some identity, but it’s my athletes who actually have the identity. It’s the athletes that they come to watch.”

Alumni will combine with current Cougar swimmers to form two teams that will compete against each other.  Races will be short — mostly 50 to 100 yards for all strokes — senior freestyle Hannah Bruggman said.

Bruggman, who won two races against Arizona last weekend, spoke about what she was excited for in the upcoming Cougar meet.

“My sister and my mom are both coming back,” she said. “They’re both alumni so that will be a really cool experience, having them both on deck.”

Junior Jasmine Margetts, who competes in backstroke and butterfly, will not be at the Alumni meet. She has been selected, along with other Pac-12 swimmers, to compete against the USA Swimming National Team in the USA College Challenge.

“She is a great choice,” Jager said, “and will represent Washington State well, and we’re very proud of her.”

The USA College Challenge will start at 6 p.m. Saturday and conclude at 11 a.m. Sunday in Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles. It will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

After the match against Arizona last Saturday, Jager encouraged fans to return to Gibb Pool for the Alumni Exhibition.

“If you want to see some more swimming, and maybe some old people swim, come on back,” he said.

The first-ever Cougar Alumni Exhibition meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Gibb Pool. This meet will be the last chance to see Cougar swim at home until Jan. 13 when WSU faces Arizona State.