Cougar Swimming Opens Quam Era

Oct. 17, 2002

COUGARS HOST SPARTANS IN SEASON OPENER: The Washington State University women's swim team opens its 2002-03 season with a home meet against San Jose State, Saturday at 11 a.m. The meet, held at Gibb Pool, will serve as the head coaching debut for WSU's Erica Quam, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant at SMU.

Last year, the Cougars defeated San Jose State 119-96 in San Jose. The last time the two squads met in Pullman (2000), WSU dominated San Jose State 176-85. WSU leads the all-time series 8-2, including three straight wins.

'It's a great to be at home,' WSU Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'We had a great crowd at the intrasquad meet last week. Opening at home gives our team an opportunity to perform in front of friends and family. That creates a fun atmosphere.'

THE COACHES: San Jose State's Victor Wales is in his second season with the Spartans. He guided San Jose State to a 5-4 record last season. WSU's Erica Quam is in her first season with the Cougars.

2001-02 RECAP: Following up a 9-3 record in 2000-01, the Cougars finished the 2001-02 season with an overall record of 8-3. The 17 wins accumulated over those two seasons, is the most in a two-season span in Cougar Swimming history.

The 2001-02 season was highlighted by a win over arch rival Washington. The victory marked the second consecutive season the Cougars defeated the Huskies after being winless in their first 22 attempts.

This season, WSU returns three juniors, four sophomores and one freshman, eight of the 15 letter winners. These athletes currently hold 18 positions on the school's top-10 lists for individual events, as well as two school records.

2001-02 TEAM CAPTAINS: Among the eight returning athletes for the Cougars is a pair of talented captains, Lindsay Henahan and Lisa Irwin.

Henahan, a senior from Rochester, N.Y., comes off a season in which she set a personal record in the 100 freestyle, while moving into fourth place on WSU's all-time list. Last season, she moved into second place on WSU's all-time list for the 100 butterfly, as well as a 10th place finish in that event at the Pac-10 Championships.

Irwin, a sophomore Vacaville, Calif., comes off of her first year at WSU, where she established a personal best in the 200 butterfly at the Pac-10 Championships. Also last season, while competing at the Arkansas Invitational, set another personal best in the 1,650 freestyle.

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