Cougars Host Oregon State In Final Home Meet Of Season

Jan. 26, 2006

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Up Next: The Cougars host Oregon State in a dual meet Friday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m...Beavers won last meeting 199-124 with the Cougars leading the all-time series 26-15...Cougars are 2-2 in dual meets this season with wins over Idaho and San Jose State.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'We have had solid performances against OSU the last two seasons and we hope to continue that success on Friday. We are still a bit tired coming off of training camp so our focus will be on racing and doing things right. We need to remember some of the details in our races that we executed really well earlier in the season. Hopefully, we'll have a good meet that sets us up well for the upcoming championship season.'

Last Competition: Washington State traveled to Miami, Fla., for 10 days of winter training at Florida International University...took on FIU in an abbreviated dual meet Dec. 31, coming away with a 444-339 victory...senior Jane Copland earned the top spot in both the 200 individual medley (2:11.54) and the 200 breaststroke (2:20.26) to lead Cougar finishers...WSU wrapped up winter training at the Panther Invitational Jan. 6...Cougars won seven of ten swimming events in the relay meet...WSU finished second over all behind host FIU.

Scouting The Beavers: Oregon State comes to Gibb Pool with a 2-7 record in dual meets this season...Beavers earned a 147-110 win over San Jose State in their most recent competition (Jan. 21)...OSU has won last five meetings between the Beavers and the Cougar dating back to the 2003 season...Head Coach Larry Liebowitz is in his third season with the Beavers and has a 13-10 overall dual meet record at the school...Oregon State is led by returning NCAA Qualifyer Felicia Castaneda and newcomer Saori Haruguchi.

Coach Quam Says: 'I have a lot of respect for Larry as a coach. He has a group of swimmers who have trained hard and have raced well this season. The Beavers have added speed and versatility to their freshmen class. Their returnees include a senior class with great racing experience. They are improved in several areas of their lineup from last year.'

Senior Salute: Three Cougars will swim in their final meet at Gibb Pool as WSU takes on OSU Friday at 5 p.m.

Jane Copland spent her WSU career swimming the breaststroke, IM and freestyle events. Jane has especially excelled in the 200 breaststroke achieving NCAA Consideration Qualifying times in the event each season she has competed at WSU and recently achieved a lifetime best performance of 2:14.92 in the event. Jane currently ranks in the WSU all-time top ten in five events where she owns the second best times in the 200 breaststroke and 200 IM and is a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that holds the current Washington State record. Jane is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honoree and a three-time member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic team. She has been published in and served as an editor in WSU's literary magazine, Landscapes. Jane is majoring in English will be pursuing a master's degree in fiction writing at the graduate level next fall.

Karen Eldred came into the program at Washington State with a willingness to work hard in the pool to achieve all of her personal best times. She was awarded the strength and conditioning award for her commitment and dedication in the weight room. As a junior, Karen was voted by her teammates to be one of the four class representatives. She has continued to lead by example as a senior through her hard work and dedication to WSU swim program each day. Karen has also experienced academic success while at WSU earning both Pac-10 All-Academic first and second team honors and is a two-time USAA All-American Scholar Top 50 Student-Athlete. Karen has been named to the Dean's List every semester she's attended at WSU and is a three-time member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic team. Karen is majoring in education and may be pursing teaching opportunities overseas next fall.

Andrea Lubeck came to WSU from Anchorage, Alaska where she excelled as a versatile athlete in cross-country skiing, track & field, and swimming. Andrea has specialized in the freestyle and backstroke events while at Washington State and continues to excel, posting life time bests in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles so far this season. Andrea has been a great student in the pool and has continued to improve on her technical skills as well as her times. She has also been a strong performer in the scholastic arena and is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic first team honoree as well as a three-time member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic team. Andrea was twice named a USAA All-American Scholar Top 50 Student-Athlete and has been placed on the Dean's List every semester she has attended WSU. She is pursuing a degree in zoology.

Coach Quam Says: 'This is our last home dual meet of the season so it will be a special day to recognize our three seniors. Andrea, Karen, and Jane were freshmen during my first year here at WSU. They have added so much to this team - in the pool and in the classroom. They have helped lead this team off to our best start in a while. I know that they have some great swims in them to finish off their senior year on a high note.'

Next Up For Washington State: The Cougars head across the border where they face Idaho at the UI Swim Center Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m.

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