WSU Swimming To Compete At Speedo Cup Invitational

Dec. 3, 2002

COUGARS AT SPEEDO CUP INVITATIONAL: The Washington State University women's swim team competes in the Speedo Cup Invitational at Long Beach, Calif., Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7. The meet is hosted by the University of California at Irvine. The invitational will include nearly 20 schools. Some of the teams that WSU will face include USC, Fresno State, New Mexico State, Brigham Young and Pepperdine.

The invitational begins with morning preliminary sessions and evening finals sessions each day at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

'It's a good situation for us,' WSU Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'The meet gives the swimmers a chance to practice the NCAA order of events and gives a lot of opportunities for second swims.'

Included in the teams that WSU will compete against at the Speedo Cup are San Jose State and Cal State-Northridge. The Cougars defeated both squads earlier in the season, with a 140-112 victory over the SJSU Spartans (Oct. 19) and a 110-93 victory over the CSUN Matadors (Nov. 9).

'We need to get the most out of the opportunity,' Quam said. 'Every time we get in the pool we want to swim faster as a team.'

LAST MEET: WSU dropped to 4-1 this season, after being defeated by arch rival No. 22 Washington, Friday Nov. 22. The 164-93 marked the first loss for the Cougars against the Huskies in three seasons.

The meet saw two Gibb pool records broken, one by each team. Lindsay Henahan set a Gibb pool record for WSU in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.60. Henahan held the previous record of 56.45 set in 2000.

Henahan also had a second place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.07, a victory as a member of the 400 freestyle relay, and a second place as a member of the 200 medley relay.

UW freshman Sharon Olsen set a Gibb Pool record with a time of 10:16.56 in the 1000 freestyle. The previous mark was 10:19.15 set in the spring of 2002.

NEXT COMPETITION: The Cougars will travel to Manoa, Hawaii to compete in the Aileen Soule Classic Meet, Jan. 4, 2003.

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