WSU Takes On Washington In Cross-State Clash

Nov. 9, 2005

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This Week: Washington State travels to Seattle facing cross-state rival Washington...Cougars vs. Huskies showdown begins Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m...Washington won last meeting with a 155-102 victory over WSU at Gibb Pool in 2004.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'We are swimming the Huskies a week earlier than we usually do in our season because we wanted to be able to take our team to the Minnesota Invite which conflicted with the weekend we typically swim them - Apple Cup Weekend. We have our work cut out for us as usual. Our swimmers are excited to compete and our two teams have a great rivalry which will hopefully bring out the best in one another.'

Last Week: The Cougars traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia to take part in the UBC Thunderbird Cup...Washington State earned 49 points in its first long course meet of the season, finishing second behind British Columbia (109)...freshman Afton Pickett lead individual finishers with a second place showing in the 100 backstroke (1:07.80) and a fourth place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:26.04)... Jane Copland added third and fourth place finishes in the 200 (2:39.59) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.17) respectively... Erin McCleave rounded out Cougar top-finishers with a third place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:07.36)...Washington State relay teams showed well, picking up a win in the 400 medley relay...Pickett, Monika Povilonyte, Bryn Mooney and McCleave posted a time of 4:28.10...400 freestyle relay team of Katie Van Horne, Copland, Lindsay Backhouse and McCleave placed second with a time of 4:02.19.

Scouting the Huskies: Washington is currently ranked 20th in the country...has dual meet wins against UBC, Pacific and No. 10 Texas A&M this season...Head coach Mickey Wender returns for his eighth season...Wender boasts a 75-26 women's dual meet record...Huskies have broken nearly 80 school records and have crowned 10 All-Americans since Wender joined Washington staff in 1998...UW finished 21st at the 2004 NCAA Championships and returned 15 letterwinners this season.

Quam Says: 'As always, the Huskies look strong. Their 200 Medley is ranked 22nd in the country, their 400 Free relay ranked 4th, and their overall team ranking is 20th. They are coming off a great weekend at the Big West Shootout as they had improved results as they competed against Stanford and Hawaii. The weekend prior to that, they upset the Aggies of Texas A&M who were ranked 10th in the country at the time.'

Cougars in the Top-25: Washington State currently ranks in the Top-25 in five events...McCleave is ranked eighth in the 1650 freestyle (16:42.06)...Copland is 19th in the 200 breaststroke (2:28.08) with Povilonyte 20th (2:18.27) in the same event...Cougar relay teams own the seventh spot in the 400 medley relay (3:53.43) and rank 25th in the 200 medley relay (1:46.00).

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