Swimming Team to Hold Annual Snake River Challenge

Sept. 4, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's swim team will prepare this week for the grueling Snake River Challenge held Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 beginning at 11 a.m.

The annual event consists of a 2.2 mile swim from Granite Point to the WSU Boathouse followed by a 2.2 mile run back to Granite Point. Swimmers will compete against one another for the fastest swim, run and overall time.

'This is the first of many team bonding experiences for our group now that we have done for over 10 years,' said head coach Erica Quam. 'They prepare for it better each year have to be in great aerobic shape to finish.'

The Snake River Challenge is a time honored tradition for the Cougar swim team and both Washington State alumni and fans are encouraged to attend.

'It is kind of fun for [the athletes] to compete in an event where they can see each other...it really is something special,' Quam said.

Junior Sierra Burton (Carmel, Calif.) had the best overall time last year making her way back to Granite Point in 71 minutes, 8 seconds. Burton also had the fastest swim time for the second year in a row finishing in a time of 52:17. Fellow junior Jennifer Dean had the fastest run time of the day covering the 2.2 mile distance in a time of 16:54.

Directions to Washington State's Boathouse: From Highway 195 (north or south), turn west on Wawawai Road at the blinking yellow light...travel on Wawawai Road for 10 miles...the road will end at a stop sign...turn right and drive down into the canyon...six miles at the bottom of the canyon...go past the county park on the right and over the railroad tracks the boathouse is a cinderblock building on the right ...park on the side of the road or in the parking lot south of the boathouse.

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