Cougar Swimming Hosts Seattle University

Nov. 18, 2008

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This Week: The Washington State swim team (3-0) will host the Redhawks of Seattle University (1-3) Saturday (Nov. 22) beginning at 10 a.m.

Head Coach Erica Quam on Seattle: 'Seattle University is a transitioning program into the Division I level and this will be the first year that we can swim them without it really counting against us. Next year, they will be at a full-fledged Division I status. It's just great to have another team out here in the Pacific Northwest to get to compete against. They are going to make the trip from Seattle University and get to compete against Idaho and Washington State. For us, it's really important to continue working with Idaho to have more home competitions and it's really great to get up and race this weekend at home and remain at home to get in the training we need to prepare for Texas.'

Cougar Catch-up: WSU improved its season record to 3-0 with a victory over Northern Arizona Saturday, Nov. 15 at Gibb Pool...Cougars downed the Lumberjacks 146-59...200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Talor Whitaker, freshman Emma Neely, sophomore Rugile Mileisyte and sophomore Sierra Burton set a Gibb Pool record with a time of 1:35.24...Cougars have set four Gibb Pool records (50 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay) so far this season.

Last Season: Washington State finished the 2007-08 season with a 5-2 dual meet record, its fourth-consecutive winning season under seventh-year head coach Erica Quam...18 swimmers posted 87 lifetime bests in the seven dual meets and four invitational meets the Cougars competed in...16 swims made the evening final sessions at the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Championships...five records were broken throughout the season, all during the Pac-10 Championships...the 800 freestyle relay team of Michaela Ahlin (Tyreso, Sweden; junior), Rugile Mileisyte (Alytus, Lithuania; sophomore), Talor Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind.; sophomore), and Sierra Burton (Carmel, Calif.; sophomore) set the school record with a time of 7:23.26...this year's team holds 38 spots on the Cougars' all-time top 10 list in 14 individual events.

2008-09 Outlook: This year's squad returns 10 swimmers including individual school record holders Rugile Mileisyte (100 back), Elyse Peterson (100 breast) and Michaela Ahlin (200 butterfly)...800 freestyle and 400 medley relay record holders consisting of Mileisyte, Peterson, Ahlin and sophomore Sierra Burton are also returning...11 new swimmers join the Cougar line-up this season.

Coaching Staff: Erica Quam enters her seventh year as WSU head swim coach...under Quam the Cougars have set 12 school records and earned 76 spots on the Cougar individual top 10 lists, three placements at the NCAA Championships and 24 first-team All-Academic honors...Quam has also guided two All-Americans and one Olympian...she is joined by assistant coach Lindsay Henahan and student assistant coach Lina Daugvilaite...Henahan is in her first year as an assistant...she joins WSU women's swimming after serving four years as the assistant coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology...Daugvilaite, a 2008 WSU graduate and four-season athlete for the Cougars, is in her first year as a student assistant coach.

Next up for the Cougars: WSU travels to Austin, Texas for the three-day Texas Invite hosted by the Longhorns Dec. 4-6...a start time has not been determined yet.
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