WSU Swimming Opens Season at Gibb Pool

Sept. 26, 2007

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This Week: WSU will open the 2007-08 season by hosting the University of Idaho Friday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m...Cougars lead the series against the Vandals 12-5-0.

Last Season: Washington State finished the 2006-07 season with a 9-2 dual meet record, its third consecutive winning season under sixth-year head coach Erica Quam...Cougars had 15 swim times enter the university's all-time top ten list last season with 13 of those clocked at the Pacific-10 Championships...11 Cougar swimmers won a total of 65 individual races and, in addition, the team posted 75 lifetime best times...45 of those times were recorded at the Pac-10 Championships...WSU was represented well at the U.S. Spring Nationals as seven Cougar swimmers competed, earning the highest team finish in school history with a fifth-place showing out of 88 women's teams.

Scouting the Vandals: Tom Jager continues at the helm for Idaho as Friday's meet is the Vandals' season opener as well...Vandals finished the 2006-07 season with a sixth-place finish at the WAC Championships...Seniors Paige Lee and JoJo Miller will be headlining the Vandals' effort...Lee broke the Idaho school record in the 200 yard butterfly last season.

2007-08 Outlook: This year's squad returns 13 swimmers including three NCAA Consideration qualifiers in junior Elyse Peterson and sophomores Michaela Ahlin and Shawna Keller...Several swimmers who scored points at the Pac-10 Championships are back and five new faces join the line-up this season...After a season of breaking records, the Cougar swimmers look to continue that trend as well as their long-standing tradition of excelling academically.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: (On Friday's meet) 'We've been training hard but it is always great to put the athletes in their first racing situation and see how they handle things. We'll have some interesting event combinations and I think the team is really looking forward to being able to try different events.
(On the team talent) 'I think we have some big things to expect out of our freshman class. They are all talented and had great senior years leading into their collegiate careers. For those returning, sophomores Michaela Ahlin and Shawna Keller are coming off great seasons. Afton Pickett and Elyse Peterson lead the charge of the junior class and we are expecting our performances to step up.'

Next Up for the Cougars: Washington State takes a month off before traveling to San Jose State Oct. 27 at 1 p.m... Cougars will then return to Gibb Pool to host the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite Nov. 2-3 in memory of the legendary WSU swim coach.

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