WSU Swimmers to Face Vandals, Broncos

Jan. 22, 2009

This Week: The WSU women's swim team will travel the eight short miles across the Washington-Idaho border to face the University of Idaho Vandals Friday at 5 p.m...this will be the first dual meet competition between the two schools this season...a win against the Vandals would give WSU a 5-0 record, the best start since former WSU Head Coach Debbie Pipher's 7-0 start in the 1978-79 season...Cougars will take a break on Saturday before facing Boise State (2-4) Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.

Last Meeting with Idaho: The two schools last faced off Feb. 10, 2008...Cougars won the meet 139-49...Cougars have not lost to the Vandals since UI rebooted its swimming program in 2004...the series record from 2004 to present is 9-0 with a 15-5 overall record.

Last Meeting with BSU: Cougars swam against both the Broncos and Vandals in a double dual meet in January 2007...Cougars defeated Idaho 159-45 and Boise State 103-56.

Head Coach Erica Quam on Idaho: 'Idaho does a really great job at their home facility and they're one week ahead of where we are because the WAC Championship will be one week before Pac-10s. They're gearing up for their final meets of their season and I'm sure they'll have a really good line up against us and we'll have some good races against them. They've definitely got some talented freshmen and I think with some experience they should be better than they were in November at the Debbie Pipher and instead of just having 12 people, they will have their whole team there pulling together. We're looking forward to traveling a short distance down the road to race them'

Head Coach Erica Quam on BSU: 'We race Idaho on Friday and Boise State on Sunday so we have a day in between which will be good. We're going to focus on getting a really long loosen down and take the day off in between because we've had a full week of workouts and our group from Long Beach had a full travel schedule. We will approach the meet against Boise State on Sunday as if it were a Saturday meet. Kristin Hill has done a great job with that team, recruiting phenomenally for as young as that program is and it will be great to see them race us as compared to what they've been before now.'

Coaching Staff: Erica Quam is in her seventh year as WSU head swimming 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.
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