Washington State to Face Redhawks in Seattle

Jan. 14, 2010

This Week: The Washington State swim team will travel to Seattle this weekend to compete against Seattle in the team's first dual meet since Nov. 7...events will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16.

Cougar Catch-Up: The team is coming off the Short-Course Nationals in Federal Way, Wash., where the 800 freestyle relay team of Michaela Ahlin, Emma Neely, Jennifer Dean and Talor Whitaker set a school record of 7:23.05, meeting the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard. Ahlin's lead-off leg of 1:48.47 also met the 'B' standard.

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: We're looking forward to getting off the blocks again in a dual meet format. Our team trained consistently well over the training camp and are a bit banged up and tired right now, as they should be. However, in years past, we've gone to the Long Beach Grand Prix meet coming off our training camp and had some great swims. It will be up to our swimmers to focus on what they need to do to be successful in their races, instead of what kind of work they have been doing. If they can do that, then it can really help set us up well for the rest of our racing this spring.

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 new this year.

Next Up For the Cougars: The team will host its final home meet against Pacific Northwest foe Oregon State Jan. 29...events will begin at 5 p.m. at Gibb Pool.

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