Cougars Travel to Utah
Following a week off from competition, the Washington State swimming team will travel to Utah for a pair of dual meets…the Cougars will compete in a dual meet Friday in Provo, Utah, against BYU, and another Saturday in Salt Lake City against Utah…Friday’s meet will begin at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday’s will start at 10 a.m…the two dual meets will be the last for Washington State before the Pac-12 Championships.
Washington State is coming off a dual meet victory at Gibb Pool against conference opponent Oregon State…the final score of the meet was 148-114, and the Cougars improved their dual meet record to 3-5…the relay team of Emma Johansson, Anne Kenney, Alison Mand, and Haley Rose Love dominated the 200 medley relay to open the meet, taking first place with a time of 1:44.35…Washington State ended the meet in similar fashion when Nicole Proulx, Love, Johansson, and Kenney won the 400 free relay (3.29.44)…Proulx, Johansson, and Love each put forth winning marks in individual events as well…Proulx won the 200 free and 100 free, Johansson won the 100 back and 100 fly, and Love tacked on a victory in the 50 free…the Cougars celebrated the careers of seniors Taylor Indahl, Johansson, Kenney, Heather Morlan, and Kelly Tannhauser at the meet for senior day.
WSU LAST SEASON
The Cougars finished 6-6 in dual meets last season in one of the strongest swimming conferences in the country…finished sixth in a competitive field of 10 teams at the Hawkeye Invitational, and placed ninth at the Pac-12 Championships…Loree Olson highlighted the season by becoming the Cougar all-time record holder in the 400 IM…Olson also placed second all-time on the Washington State records list in the 200 back, and made the top-10 lists in two other events…Emma Johansson placed in the top three of the Cougar all-time lists in the 50 free, 100 back, and 100 butterfly…Shelbi Luchini notched the third-best time in Cougar history in the 200 back, as did Kelly Tannhauser in the 400 IM…total of eight Cougar swimmers made the Cougar all-time top-ten lists.
The 21-member squad returns 14 letterwinners, including seniors Taylor Indahl, Emma Johansson, Anne Kenney, Heather Morlan, and Kelly Tannhauser…Washington State welcomes seven freshmen to the team.
Head coach Tom Jager enters his third year at Washington State after spending seven years coaching at Idaho…Jager is a six-time NCAA Champion, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist…Jager is joined by assistant coach Adriana Quirke…Quirke was Jager’s assistant coach at Idaho for his last three seasons with the Vandals, and quickly made the move to Washington State after Jager was hired as the Cougars’ head coach…rounding out the Cougar coaching staff are volunteer assistant coach Jesse Grow and student assistant coach Kelsey Bruggman.
HIGHLIGHTING BYU, UTAH
BYU is 1-2 in dual meets this season, including a win over UNLV and losses to Boise State and Utah…the Cougars welcomed 19 freshmen to their 2013-14 swimming and diving roster…they are coached by John Brooks, who is in his fifth season as the head coach at BYU…Utah is 7-3 in dual meets this season…against Pac-12 opponents, the Utes are 2-3, with wins over Oregon State and Arizona State, and losses to Arizona, USC, and UCLA…Utah is coached by Joe Dykstra, in his first season as the head coach for the Utes.