WSU Swimming Hits The Road For California Competitions

Oct. 26, 2005

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This Week: The Cougars travel to California where they will compete at the Pacific Invitational and take on San Jose State in a dual meet...Washington State joins several Division I, II and III teams in Stockton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 28 as they participate in the first session of the Pacific Invitational at Chris Kjeldsen Pool...Cougars face the Spartans of San Jose State Saturday, Oct. 29 at noon at the SJS Aquatics...WSU opened its 2004 season against the Spartans at Gibb Pool, taking the meet 161-98... Erin McCleave led the Cougars with two individuals wins and led off a 800 freestyle relay squad that set a pool record in the event.

Last Competition: Washington State hosted the Idaho Vandals Oct. 14 at Gibb Pool...Cougars took the meet 184-78 winning 13 of 14 events...McCleave led all scorers with three individual wins, setting a Gibb Pool and Washington State record in the 100 freestyle (10:06.15)... Kayli Changstrom turned in top times in the 200 freestyle (1:53.85) and 200 individual medley (2:08.40) and swam to a second place finish in the 100 butterfly earning Washington State 22 points... Bryn Mooney poured in 22 points for the Cougars winning the 200 butterfly (2:07.36), 100 butterfly (57.50) and finishing second in the 200 backstroke... Monika Povilonyte earned wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:04.99 and 2:20.11 respectively, earning 18 points... Katie Van Horne rounded out the top five meet and WSU scorers winning the 100 freestyle (52.90) and placing second in the 50 freestyle for 13 points.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'Anytime night you get a school record, I'll take that! It's great to have Erin's name up on the record board again. She took down one of or most decorated alumna in Jill Olson and it was really an honor for her to get that, especially so early in the season. Good to get it at home too. Setting a pool record and school record at home, that's a good night.'

The Pacific Invitational: The Pacific Invitational is a two-day meet held at the University of the Pacific's Chris Kjeldsen Pool Oct. features competitors from Division I, II and III schools including USC, Denver, Nevada, San Diego State, BYU Alaska-Fairbanks, Cal State Bakersfield, Seattle University and UC Santa divided over two days of competition with multiple heats alternating between men and women.

Quam Says: 'We have a great opportunity at the Pacific Invite to swim with a bit more rest in between our events than a typical dual meet. With just seven events during the first session, we can have people focus in on one event at a time and try to be better than we've been so far this season. Some of our swimmers will get a chance to race a 400 IM and a 1650 freestyle, two events that we have not competed in yet this season. This is one of the main reasons that we chose to swim in the first day of the meet. There are not many opportunities to race a mile during the season to fully prepare for that event going into Pac-10 Championships, so we are taking advantage of this opportunity so our distance swimmers can feel confident and prepared. Our team goal is to leave the meet in one of the top team spots in scoring after the first day.'

Scouting the Spartans: San Jose State hosts WSU in the Spartans first home meet of the season Friday, Oct. 29 at noon at the SJS Aquatics Center...San Jose State is 1-2 in 2005...Spartans bested UC Santa Cruz 232-68 and lost to UC Davis in a double-dual meet Oct. 22...opened season with a 199-94 loss at Stanford Oct. 14...Spartans are coached by Sage Hopkins...Hopkins was named interim head coach Oct. 14...SJS is led by junior Brie Marhenke and senior Alli Adams...Marhenke has dominated the freestyle events this season notching wins in the 50 and 100 distances in both of the Spartan meets of 2005...Adams placed 10th in the breaststroke (1:06.76) at the 2005 Western Athletic Conference championships.

Quam Says: 'This team just gets better each season. They are under the direction of a new head coach, Sage Hopkins, who seems to have brought some energy and excitement to the program. The Spartans have gained experience as a team with some of their returnees racing at US Nationals this summer. They have more speed and power from a couple of transfers and a solid freshmen class who have stepped up and competed well in their early season meets. This is the first time that we have had back to back days of racing so it will be important for us to recover well after Friday night and be ready to get right back up and compete against the Spartans on Saturday. We hope to compete well as a team from the first event to the last and continue to improve on the front end of our races.'

Marvelous McCleave: Junior Erin McCleave swam to a Gibb Pool and Washington State record in the 1000 freestyle against Idaho Oct. 14...McCleave's time of 10:06.15 shaved six seconds off the previous WSU record of 10:12.96 set in 2001 by Jill Olson...McCleave also owns the school record in the 200 freestyle (1:49.41).

Next Up for the Cougars: Washington State travels to Vancouver, British Columbia and the University of British Columbia for the UBC Colleges Cup Nov. 4-5.

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