Washington State Swimming Opens Season Against Boise State

Oct. 15, 2009

This Week: The Washington State women's swim team travels to Boise, Idaho this weekend to compete in the opening event of the season against the Boise State Broncos...events begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Last Season: The Cougars finished the season with a 6-2 dual meet record after opening the season with a 6-0 start, which included a win over BSU...the undefeated start was Quam's career best and one win away from tying the program best start of 7-0 (1978, Pipher)...Quam also became the first WSU head coach to have three 4-0 starts in her career...over the course of last season the Cougars se 26 school records in 14 different events with 20 of those performances coming at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships...Michaela Ahlin, Rugile Mileisyte and Elyse Peterson represented WSU at the NCAA Championships the most in school history.

2009-10 Outlook: This year's squad returns 13 letterwinners including school record holders Michaela Ahlin (100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400 IM), Rugile Mileisyte (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and Talor Whitaker (200 IM)...the team has also welcomed seven new freshmen.

Head Coach Erica Quam On The Event: 'Our team is excited to get off the blocks against other competitors. They have been challenged in our training program this fall and I have seen some good things in workouts so far. That means nothing though. They have to be able to get up and compete when they are tired and rise to the challenge of continuing to train at a high level to prepare for the bigger picture - The Pac-10 Championships and NCAA's at the end of the season. I know they are looking forward travelling to Boise State for the first time, and to the start of the dual meet season.'

'Kristin Hill has done an excellent job building the Boise State program each year. They are coming off of a successful weekend of racing in California at the WAC Shootout. They will no doubt be ready for their first home meet of the season.'

Coaching Staff: Head coach Erica Quam is in her eighth season at WSU...under Quam the Cougars have set 19 school records and earned 82 different spots on school's all-time top 10 lists...she is joined by assistant coach Lindsay Henahan and student assistant coach Jesse Grow...Henahan is in her second season while Grow is a new addition this year.

Next Up For the Cougars: The WSU team will return home to host the third annual Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational Oct. 23-24...events will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at Gibb Pool.

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