Championship time for Cougars

Feb. 26, 2008

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This Week: The Washington State swim team will be competing at the Pacific-10 Championships Feb. 27-March 1 in Long Beach, Calif.

Cougar Catch-up: WSU traveled across the state to battle Washington but the No. 24 Huskies took a 148-109 victory...Michaela Ahlin paced the Cougars with two individual victories in the 100 butterfly (56.87) and the 200 butterfly (2:03.87)...Sierra Burton won the 200 free (1:53.00)...Afton Pickett won the 200 back (2:03.90)...the Cougars had a week off to prepare for this week's championships.

Scouting the Pac-10: Of the nine Pacific-10 universityswim teams, seven of them are ranked in the top 25 of is the highest ranked Pac-10 school in second...Arizona and California are in the top 10 at fourth and eighth...UCLA sits in 15th and right behind is Arizona State in 16th...rounding out the top 25 is Washington in 24th and Southern California in 25th...WSU went 0-2 against ranked teams in its dual meet season...Oregon State is the other Pac-10 university sitting outside the top 25...although WSU and OSU were originally scheduled to compete in a dual meet during the regular season, it was canceled due to weather.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'Our team is focused and ready to go this weekend. We have a blend of experience and new talent within this group to make for an exciting championship meet. We have trained and rehearsed for this opportunity. We are looking to approach this meet like any other: fine tuning our routine, polishing the skills we have been working on from the first week of practice and putting it all together.

Michaela Ahlin, Lina Daugvilaite, Elyse Peterson, Afton Pickett and Shawna Keller are some of the individuals who have already shown they can put up NCAA Consideration times in-season. The Pacific-10 Conference presents the deepest and most experienced field in the nation. I know these individuals are prepared to step up and be a part of that.

For our relays and in their respective individual events, look for Rugile Mileisyte, Sierra Burton and Talor Whitaker to step up and make some great contributions for our team. The sky is the limit with these three and I know they are just going to get faster as they race better competitors.'

Next Up for the Cougars: The NCAA Championships will be March 20-22.

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