WSU Swimming Travels to Conference Championships

Feb. 23, 2010

This Week: The Washington State swim team will make the trip to Long Beach, Calif., for the Pacific-10 Championships Feb. 24-27...the meet will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m., with two relay finals...Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will have a preliminary session at 11 a.m., followed by a finals session...the meet will be streamed live by the Pac-10 access the video go to will also be posted at the conclusion of the event.

Cougar Catch-Up: The Washington State women's swim team lost another close meet Feb. 6, falling to Idaho 123-108...the Cougars came up short after having to fight their way out of an early deficit due to a Vandals sweep of the two diving events...Michaela Ahlin was a co-leader in points for the Cougars (18), finishing with two wins in each of her individual events (200 IM, 200 medley)... Talor Whitaker also finished with 18 points and was a dual-event winner...the Chesterton, Ind., native put up a season-best in the 200 freestyle with a winning time of 1:53.44 and also won the 100 freestyle.

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: 'The team is eager and excited to get going this weekend. They have worked hard all year and learned a lot with each competition. They are finally tapered, rested, and ready. We have four days of great racing opportunities ahead of us, we just need to take it one race at a time.

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.
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