WSU Swim Team to Host Arch-Rival Washington

Feb. 4, 2009

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This Week: The WSU swim team (6-1, 0-1 Pac-10) is back in town this weekend and geared up for a tense match-up with arch-rival No. 25 Washington (10-8, 4-4) will begin at 11 a.m. at Gibb Pool and will feature 14 events...seniors Jamie MacLeod, Kristin Marceau, Afton Pickett and Elyse Peterson will be recognized before competing in their final home meet...UW leads the series 3-26-1...Quam last defeated the Huskies in November 2006 in Pullman by a score of 153.5-108.5.

Last Meeting with UW: Cougars fell to the then No. 24-ranked Huskies, 148-109 in February was highlighted by individual first-place finishes by Sierra Burton in the 200 free (1:53.00), Michaela Ahlin in the 200 fly (2:03.87) and 100 fly (56.87), Afton Pickett in the 200 back (2:03.90) and Shawna Keller in the 200 IM (2:08.77)...Rugile Mileisyte, Ahlin, Talor Whitaker and Burton comprised the first-place 400 free relay team with a combined time of 3:29.21.

Head Coach Erica Quam on UW: 'I think Washington has great athletes across the board. I think that they have some really strong distance swimmers and some great returning upperclassmen that are experienced at high levels of swimming such as the U.S. Nationals and some other areas that they've competed in. They also have some returners that competed at the NCAAs last year. I don't think we're taking too much of a different approach to this meet than any other teams we've faced this year other than getting a little more fired up to swim against the Huskies. I think we've seen this team take down WSU and Gibb Pool records all season long and we had some great races last weekend against Oregon State. I think a couple of our swimmers that were touched out by one-hundredth of a second have come back and said 'I don't want that to happen again' and that's really good motivation for them and a positive thing we can take with us into this weekend.'

Cougar Catch-up: WSU lost a heartbreaker in Corvallis over the weekend, coming back from a 20-point deficit to fall to Oregon State by just one point...loss was the first of the season...senior Elyse Peterson and Mileisyte led the Cougars with 18 points apiece...Burton, freshman Emma Neely, Ahlin and Mileisyte won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:28.15.

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.

Next up for the Cougars: After wrapping up its regular season this weekend, the WSU swim team will get in some much needed rest while it prepares for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Feb. 25-28...University of Washington will host the event at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
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