WSU Swimming Gears up for Pacific-10 Conference Championship

Feb. 24, 2009

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This Week: The Washington State women's swim team (6-2, 0-2 Pac-10) will travel to Federal Way, Wash., this week for the Pacific-10 Championships Feb. 25-28...event will also feature No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 8 California, No. 11 USC, No.20 UCLA, No. 25 Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State...athletes will by vying for the Pac-10 title as well as the opportunity to compete at the NCAAs in March...Washington will the host the event held at the Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center...admission Wednesday will be free while tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will cost $10 for adults and $6 for youth...all-session passes will be available for $25 (adult) and $15 (youth)...swimming begins Wednesday with the 200 medley and 800 free relays at 6 will resume Thursday, Friday and Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m...results will be posted on the Pac-10 website ( website will also provide live streaming of the events on Pac-10 All Access.

The Cougars: Look for strong performances from the Cougar relay teams that swept the USA Swimming Southern California Grand Prix in January...also look for exciting races out of 2008 Olympian sophomore Rugile Mileisyte, who has broken the WSU 50 free record twice this season, as well as from 2008 Pac-10 Invitational swimmers senior Elyse Peterson and junior Michaela Ahlin...Ahlin is the 200 butterfly and 400 IM WSU record holder and also took home the bronze medal at the 2008 Swedish Nationals in the 200 meter butterfly in November...Peterson is the WSU 100 breaststroke record holder.

Scouting the No. 2 Cardinal: Stanford's Julia Smit is the world record holder and defending 400 IM national champion...she also won two medals at the 2008 Olympics, a silver in the 400 free relay and a bronze in the 800 free relay...the Cardinal also boasts two more Olympians with 200 fly silver medalist Elaine Breeden and 2004 Olympian Caroline Bruce.

Scouting the No. 4 Wildcats: Arizona is the defending national and Pac-10 champion...senior Lara Jackson is the defending NCAA 50 free champion...Wildcats swept the relay events at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships and return major relay contributors junior Annie Chandler and senior Hailey DeGolia.

More Fierce Competition: Cal features the 2008 NCAA 100 fly champion Dana Vollmer while OSU is headlined by Olympian and 2008 NCAA 200 fly champion Saori Haraguchi...USC boasts three-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni, who broke the world record with her gold-medal performance in the 200 breast...she also took home silver medals in the 100 breast and 400 medley relay.

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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