Cougars Compete In UBC Thunderbird Cup

Nov. 2, 2005

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This Week: Washington State travels to Vancouver, British Columbia for the UBC Thunderbird Cup...two-day event begins Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. and concludes with second session Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m at the UBC Aquatics Centre.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'This will be a great racing opportunity for our team. Our swimmers are racing against some very experienced international swimmers from Canada who are preparing for their seasons and the upcoming Commonwealth Games Trials later this month. The scoring for this meet is difficult - only 6 swimmers score in each event or each relay - so it will force our swimmers to race tough to try and get in there to earn some points for our team.'

Last Week: Washington State headed to California swimming in the Pacific Tiger Invitational and taking on San Jose State in a dual meet...Cougars were second after the first session of Pacific Invitational Friday, Oct. 28... Erin McCleave swam to a WSU record in the 1650 freestyle (16:42.06) in her first attempt at the distance race...McCleave, Monika Povilonyte, Bryn Mooney and Katie Van Horne combined to win the 200 medley relay (1:46.00)...WSU traveled to San Jose State Oct. 29 swimming to a 152-110 victory over the Spartans... Jane Copland led all scorers with 27 points earning wins in the 100 (1:05.06) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.08) events and 200 individual medley (2:08.61).

The UBC Thunderbird Cup: The UBC Thunderbird Cup is a two-day meet held at the University of British Columbia's UBC Aquatics Centre Nov. is an open event featuring college teams as well as club and individual swimmers organized by Pacific Dolphin Swim Association...2005 competitors range in age from 15 to 99...long course format meet with multiple heats alternating between men and women.

Quam Says: 'We have been training hard this fall and working on building up a good training base. This base is important to have when your main focus is Pac-10's, NCAA's, and U.S. Nationals late in the spring. This weekend we will be racing long course meters after only racing short course yards so far this year. Racing long course meters at this point in the season will help our endurance down the stretch. The meet this weekend will help the group competing in the US Open next month which will also be long course meters.'

Marvelous McCleave: The Rutherglen, Australia native continues to rewrite the Cougar record books...set WSU record in the 1650 freestyle (16:42.06) at the Pacific Invitational Oct. 28...time bested previous record held by Becca Cohen (16:55.99, 2002) by 13 seconds...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 Washington State: The Cougars travel to Seattle to face cross-state rival Washington Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.

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