January 25, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - A couple of years have passed since the University of Nevada's first visit to Pullman in 1994.
Things have changed in that span of time ... a new coach and new talent to "dare to race" the 20th-ranked Wolf Pack Saturday, Jan. 29.
"They have the ability to shatter every pool record at Gibb Pool," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "This is our last powerhouse, nationally-ranked team to compete against this season and we are looking to get up and swim -- and race."
World-class swimming will be witnessed with Nevada senior Limin Liu, the 1999 NCAA Champion in the 200 butterfly, at work. Liu is one-of-three WolfPack student-athletes hailing from China who have medalled in World Championship and Olympic competition. Last season, Nevada finished 14th nationally and took home their fourth straight Big West Conference Title.
Like Liu, senior All-American Erin Eldridge (Kirkland, Wash.) scored at the NCAA Championships last year to give WSU a final ranking of No. 30. She will compete in the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday and is ranked 18th nationally in the event.
WSU is 1-5 all-time versus Nevada. This will only be the second dual between both schools at Gibb Pool.
"This is really a brilliant opportunity to swim world-class athletes," he said. "And that's who we are swimming against at Pac-10s."
The Cougars will swim one long program meet at 11 a.m. and then a non-scoring short relay meet at 2 p.m.
Swimming Notes...With the Pac-10 Championships (Feb. 24-26) just around the corner, the Cougars have changed up their daily routine. "We are in our taper phase," Aceto said. "We are doing more things to recover and try to swim fast."