Swim & Dive: An Encouraging Weekend

The Idaho swim and dive team went 2-1 Friday and Saturday, with a 172.5-126.5 loss to Northern Arizona Friday and wins over Seattle U and California State-Bakersfield Saturday.

Idaho head coach Mark Sowa said he was pleased with.

“As always, hard to be happy with a loss but we were really encouraged with what we saw,” he said in a news release. “Our divers had some really good spots too. It’s great to pick up two wins at home this weekend against two really good teams.”

Friday’s meet against Northern Arizona opened with 3-meter-diving. Junior Nikki Imanaka finished fifth and sophomore Indiya Williams earned fifth.

Junior Allie Magrino finished first in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke. Sophomore Clothilde Peseux earned two firsts, in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. She also earned second in the 200 breaststroke.

Sophomore Leah Fisk grabbed two -second place finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyle.

“Our depth has improved tremendously and that was on display during the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley,” Sowa said. “Our top end will only continue to develop.”

On Saturday, the Vandals (4-1) swept Seattle U 186-96 and California State-Bakersfield 168-118.

Sophomore Janelle Lucas started the day with a first place finish in the 3-meter diving with a score of 313.42.

“I am really proud of the effort today, but even more proud of the focus,” Sowa said. “Following a hard meet (Friday) against defending WAC champion Northern Arizona, the girls entered the pool with a clear purpose.”

The Vandal swept the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle.

“We showed today that our strength is now our depth,” he said. “Events that we didn’t win, we picked up a ton of second, third and fourth places.”

Junior Allie Magrino won the 100 backstroke and Fisk took the 500 freestyle.

The Vandals are on the road until January, starting with the Phil Hansel Invitational Nov. 18-20  in Houston, Texas.

Idaho will returns to WAC competition Feb. 4 against Grand Canyon in Moscow.

Tess Fox can be reached at arg-sports@uidaho.edu or on Twitter @tesstakesphotos


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