Cougars travel 'cross country

Nov. 27, 2007

This Week: The WSU swim team will be competing at the Princeton Invitational `Big Al' Open this weekend...the Cougars will be competing against eight teams Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Cougar Catch-up: Before taking a break from competition over Thanksgiving, the Cougars visited Arizona for a pair of dual meets...WSU prevailed over Northern Arizona 157-137 Nov. 16...the meet came down to the final events as WSU swept the top three places in the 200 IM led by Shawna Keller's victory in 2:24.49...WSU also won the 200 meter freestyle relay (1:47.55) to clinch the team victory...Keller also won the 200 freestyle (2:08.65) and the 200 breaststroke (2:40.34)...Michaela Ahlin also picked up a pair of wins...she placed first in the 100 butterfly (1:04.74) and the 200 butterfly (2:23.06)...Nov. 17, the Cougars competed at nationally-ranked Arizona State...WSU lost its first dual meet of the year 172.5-115.5...Keller had another outstanding day with wins in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:04.85) and the 200 yard breaststroke (2:18.09)...her time in the 200 breast made the cut for the NCAA 'B' standard.

The Princeton Invitational: Preliminaries for the Princeton Invitational will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 10 a.m. Dec. 2...Finals will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 6 p.m. Dec. 2...the three-day meet features five relays, 13 individual events and diving competition still to be determined...both men's and women's teams will be competing at the invitational...the nine-team field for the women includes two teams ranked on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll...Penn State is ranked 11th and Princeton is ranked 25th...other teams competing besides WSU are Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Rider, Brown, Bucknell and Columbia.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'We're just excited to see some different teams than who we see during the season. Our strategy is to take steps forward from where we've been this season. I think we're off to a strong start and we look to build on the performances we've already seen. Obviously, this is the biggest meet we've attended with the largest number of teams and competitors. We're just going to try to move up from the places we have entered and try to get into second swim situations since it is a prelim and final competition.'

Next Up for the Cougars: Washington State will next be in competition Jan. 5 at the UC Irvine Invite in Irvine, Calif., after spending a week in winter training at San Diego, Calif.

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