WSU Swim Team Prepares for Pac-10 Showdown

Jan. 28, 2009

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This Week: The WSU swim team (6-0) takes on the Oregon State Beavers (4-7, 0-5) in a dual meet in Corvallis Saturday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m...this marks the Cougars' first Pacific-10 match-up this season...WSU leads the series between the two schools 27-16...WSU Head Coach Erica Quam will be looking to tie former head coach Debbie Pipher for best all-time start with a record of 7-0 as well as her career record for most wins in a season (7-2, 2006-07)...Quam last defeated the Beavers Jan. 27, 2006 134.5-127.5.

Last Meeting with OSU: The last dual meet between the Cougars and Beavers took place in Corvallis in January 2007...OSU edged WSU 133-129...junior Shawna Keller won the 50 free with a time 24.58...Keller and junior Michaela Ahlin contributed to a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:46.69).

Head Coach Erica Quam on OSU: 'I think we are excited to see them. We saw them earlier this season at the Pacific Invitational, but it's always great to swim them in a dual meet because I think we have really great competitions together. It's been a close meet for the last two dual meets that we've swam against them and they're certainly an exceptional team at the end of the season and have done really well at the Pac-10 Championships the last two years. All that being said, I think this will set us up well with this meet and the meet against UW for the Pac-10 Championships with an elevated level of competition. I think Coach Liebowitz has some real talented swimmers and it will be fun to see where he puts Brittney Iverson, Saori Haruguchi, Kayla Rawlings and Jenni Dole. They're very versatile and can swim a lot of different events so it will be a little bit of a game of strategy, guessing where he's going to put them. I think across the board we have some great swimmers that are going to match-up in those events and it will be good for them to swim against those caliber athletes.'

Cougar Catch-up: Cougars defeated Idaho, 149-55, Jan. 23 and Boise State 138-63, Jan. 25 to improve to 6-0...Ahlin broke a Gibb Pool record in the 400 IM Sunday with a time of 4:25.20...WSU took first-place in all 24 events throughout the weekend.

Coaching Staff: Erica Quam is in her seventh year as WSU head swimming 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 wrap up its dual meet schedule against arch-rival Washington in Pullman, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.
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