The Washington State University swimming team had strong individual performances but fell to the Utah Utes in this weekend.
The Cougars were defeated by the Utes 147-115 and fell to 0-3 in dual meets this season.
Juniors Shelbi Luchini and Evelina Bieleckaite and senior Danielle Palumbo all earned individual victories for the Cougar swimming team Saturday.
Luchini and Palumbo tied for Washington State's top scoring honors, contributing 13 points each while Bieleckaite earned 11 individual points during the day.
Luchini earned the first place position in the 200 fly and finished second in the 500 free with times of 2:09.02 and 5:18.63, respectively.
Palumbo finished first in the 200 back, touching the wall with a time of 2:04.82. The Sammamish, Wash., native also placed in fourth in the 100 back and 200 IM with times of 58.66 and 2:14.98, respectively.
Bieleckaite touched the wall with the fastest time in the 50 free with a time of 24.31 and finished in the fourth place position in the 100 free with a time of 54.12.
Washington State also brought in eight second-place finishes on the weekend, including a pair by Jessie Craig in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, touching the wall with times of 1:06.34 and 2:25.91, respectively.
Head coach Tom Jager said the Cougar sprinters swam really well on the weekend.
“We had some terrific individual performances, and we finished our races great. We are in great physical shape right now,” Jager said.
Overall, 16 Cougars contributed to the team score at the weekend’s competition against the Utes. The Cougars will return to the water, Friday, Nov. 4, with a 1 p.m. as they travel to face off against California.