Cross-state rivals for Cougars this weekend

Feb. 12, 2008

This Week: The Washington State swim team will be competing at Washington Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Cougars' final dual meet of the season...the Cougars beat the Huskies last season but Washington leads the series 25-3-1.

Cougar Catch-up: Washington State competed against Idaho for the fourth time this season and came away with another victory, outscoring the Vandals 139-49...Michaela Ahlin and Talor Whitaker led the Cougar charge...Ahlin won the 200 IM (2:08.64) and the 100 butterfly (57.24)...Whitaker touched first in both the 50 free (24.35) and the 100 free (52.78)...Ahlin also anchored the winning 200 free relay (1:38.69)...other victors in the meet were Lina Daugvilaite in the 1000 free (10:36.01)...Sierra Burton in the 200 free (1:54.48)...Rugile Mileisyte in the 100 back (57.16) and Elyse Peterson in the 100 breast (1:04.07).

Scouting the Huskies: Washington holds a 10-4 dual meet record this season including its most recent wins over Seattle University (107-84) and Cal State Northridge (118-78)...leading the Huskies are a group of talented and ranked swimmers including two freshmen standouts...Ariana Kukors is a member of the USA National team and is a 3-time national champion in the 200 and 400 IM and ranks in eight events in the NCAA top 50 including first in the 400 IM, third in the 200 IM, fourth in the 100 breast and sixth in the 200 breast...Emilee Jennings is also an experienced freshman, having competed at the 2004 Olympic Trials and at the U.S. Nationals in the 50 and 100 free as well as the 200 breast...Kim Jasmer, a two-time All-American in the 500 and 1650 freestyles, is ranked 30th in the 1650 free, 46th in the 200 free and 64th in the 500 free in the NCAA...Erin Campbell is currently ranked in the 100 fly (17th) and the 100 back (43rd) in the NCAA...Genevieve Patterson transferred from Cal and is ranked 14th in the 100 breast in her first season as a Husky.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'It's always a good situation to go up against your traditional rival. It is one thing our team gears up for. The Huskies are going to be a tough competition. They're much improved from last year; they have a lot more depth from their freshman and transfer classes and swimmers who were solid last year have had strong seasons this year. Coach Hite has done a tremendous job raising the level of the program. For us, coming in, we're just trying to get up and race and not worry so much about times. We'll have a bit more rest going into Pac-10s, and we're just continuing to improve on our results and the fundamentals we've been working on all season long.'

Next Up for the Cougars: WSU will have a week off before the Pacific-10 Conference championship starts Feb. 27...the championships run through March 1.

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