Cougar Swimming Takes on Northern Arizona

Nov. 12, 2008

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This Week: Washington State (2-0) returns to action at Gibb Pool to host Northern Arizona (4-4) in a dual meet Saturday (Nov. 15) beginning at 10 a.m...WSU won the last meeting with the Lumberjacks 157-137 in November 2007.

Head Coach Erica Quam on Northern Arizona: 'We had a chance to see Northern Arizona at altitude last year. They are definitely an improving team and had a really good meet against BYU and New Mexico the same weekend we faced Nevada. They have great depth in the breaststroke events and have a really great 200 medley relay team that will be good for us to race against.'

Cougar Catch-up: Before taking a week off from competition, WSU faced both UC Davis and Nevada in a double-dual meet Nov. 1...Cougars defeated the Wolf Pack 136-126 and the Aggies 184-78...the win against Nevada marked the first victory in school history against the Wolf Pack when swimming on the road.

Last Season: Washington State finished the 2007-08 season with a 5-2 dual meet record, its fourth-consecutive winning season under seventh-year head coach Erica Quam...18 swimmers posted 87 lifetime bests in the seven dual meets and four invitational meets the Cougars competed in...16 swims made the evening final sessions at the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Championships...five records were broken throughout the season, all during the Pac-10 Championships...the 800 freestyle relay team of Michaela Ahlin (Tyreso, Sweden; junior), Rugile Mileisyte (Alytus, Lithuania; sophomore), Talor Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind.; sophomore), and Sierra Burton (Carmel, Calif.; sophomore) set the school record with a time of 7:23.26...this year's team holds 38 spots on the Cougars' all-time top 10 list in 14 individual events.

2008-09 Outlook: This year's squad returns 10 swimmers including individual school record holders Rugile Mileisyte (100 back), Elyse Peterson (100 breast) and Michaela Ahlin (200 butterfly)...800 freestyle and 400 medley relay record holders consisting of Mileisyte, Peterson, Ahlin and sophomore Sierra Burton are also returning...11 new swimmers join the Cougar line-up this season.

Coaching Staff: Erica Quam enters her seventh year as WSU head swim coach...under Quam the Cougars have set 12 school records and earned 76 spots on the Cougar individual top 10 lists, three placements at the NCAA Championships and 24 first-team All-Academic honors...Quam has also guided two All-Americans and one Olympian...she is joined by assistant coach Lindsay Henahan and student assistant coach Lina Daugvilaite...Henahan is in her first year as an assistant...she joins WSU women's swimming after serving four years as the assistant coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology...Daugvilaite, a 2008 WSU graduate and four-season athlete for the Cougars, is in her first year as a student assistant coach.

Next up for the Cougars: WSU will take on Seattle University in Pullman, Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.
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