Washington State Takes On Idaho At Gibb Pool

Oct. 12, 2005

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This Week: The Cougars host cross-state rival Idaho at Gibb Pool...Cougars and Vandals face off Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'Idaho is a team much improved with the addition of new athletes who add depth and versatility to their team. Coach Jager is good at motivating his young group and getting them excited to step up and race with confidence no matter what team they may be facing.'

'We hope to build off of our start from last weekend against California making adjustments and improvements from each race. One area that we will emphasize and want to improve on across the board is being more aggressive on the front end of our races. I believe that we proved to ourselves that we are in good shape by how strong we finished our races last week. Now it's time to take a risk and begin to put things on the line. That's what this team has to be willing to do to achieve our goals.'

Last Week: Washington State opened its regular season hosting California at Gibb Pool...Golden Bears took the meet 168-94...Kayli Changstrom led the Cougars with two individual victories including a lifetime best swim in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.73)...Monika Povilonyte earned a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.71)... California's Helen Silver posted a win in the 200 freestyle (1:52.41) setting a Gibb Pool record in the event.

Scouting the Vandals: Idaho swimming enters its second season...Vandals are coached by Tom Jager...Idaho opened 2005 against California at UI Swim Center Oct. 7 with the Golden Bears taking the meet 170-84...Vandals are led by returners Paige Lee, JoJo Miller and Katie Kolva.

2005-06 Outlook: Head Coach Erica Quam enters her fourth season at Washington State...2005-06 team anchored by four NCAA Consideration qualifiers, Jane Copland, Kayli Changstrom, Erin McCleave and Monika Povilonyte...14 additional returning letterwinners add depth and experience...WSU welcomes seven newcomers...Cougars strive to continue traditions of strong academics as well as swimming fast at the end of the season at the Pacific Ten Conference and NCAA level.

Quam Says: 'I am excited about the direction that our program is heading. The team has the potential and the possibility to improve and be better than we ever have been as a program. We have the blend of an experienced group of upperclassmen, the foundation and leaders of the team, combined with an energetic group of newcomers who have a tremendous amount of potential. The returning team members continue to pass alongCougar traditions and the meaning of Cougar Pride, and the freshmen are up to the challenge of taking those as their own and making this team great.'

Next Up for the Cougars: Washington State takes a week off before traveling to Stockton, Calif., for the Pacific Invitational Friday, Oct. 28.

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