Swimming Hosts California In Season Opener

Oct. 5, 2005

This Week: Washington State hosts California at Gibb pool in their first regular season meet of the year...Cougars and Golden Bears face off Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'Our team is excited for the upcoming challenge of swimming a high caliber program like Cal Berkeley. For us to get up and face Cal early in the season is a tremendous opportunity for our program. It will help us to prepare for the level of competition that we see at the Pac-10 meet in February. We are taking steps and improving as a program. The better we are about standing up behind the blocks and approaching each race with confidence, the more we can close the gap between us and our competitors, and the more progress we are going to make as a program by the end of the season. Getting up and racing elite level athletes who go and compete at the NCAA Championships can only help us - our goal is to be there too.'

Last Week: Washington State held its annual Crimson and Gray meet...Kayli Changstrom led the Gray team to victory winning the 100 IM and 200 freestyle events...Erin McCleave led the Crimson team with three individual wins and 53 points.

Scouting California: The Golden Bears finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships and eighth at the 2005 NCAA Championships...team visiting the Palouse consists of a world record-holder, eight returning NCAA All-Americans, and 15 Olympic Trials Qualifiers...Head Coach Teri McKeever enters her 14th season at California...McKeever was the first female coach to be selected to an Olympic Coaching Staff for the Summer Games in Athens during the summer of 2004...McKeever assisted on the 2005 World Championships coaching staff where she worked with Natalie Coughlin and two other current Cal swimmers who represented the US on the World Championship Team.

2005-06 Outlook: Head Coach Erica Quam enters her fourth season at Washington State...2005-06 team anchored by four NCAA Consideration qualifiers, Jane Copland, Kayli Changstrom, Erin McCleave and Monika Povilonyte...14 additional returning letterwinners add depth and experience...WSU welcomes seven newcomers...Cougars strive to continue traditions of strong academics as well as swimming fast at the end of the season at the Pacific Ten Conference and NCAA level.

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