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Cougar Swimming Heads to the Emerald City
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/19/2012
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Jan. 19, 2012

The Washington State swim team will travel to the Emerald City to compete in a dual meet against Seattle...Seattle is the only other Division I women's swimming program in the state of Washington...both teams look to pick up their second win of the are scheduled to begin at12:00 p.m., Saturday, at the Connolly Center Pool.

In its last meet, the Washington State swim team picked up its first win of the season during a five-team meet hosted by San Diego State...the Cougars competed against Rice, San Diego State, TCU and UC San Diego and had an overall dual meet record of 1-3 through the competition...the Washington State win came against UC San Diego when the Cougars outscored the Tritons 147-140, with Washington State earning first place points in eight events...the best Cougar finishes of the day came when junior Evelina Bieleckaite placed second in the 50 free with a time of 24.06 and sophomore Emma Johansson captured second in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 57.08.

The Cougars went 7-2 last season in dual meets, including a 4-1 record when swimming at finished the season with 23 WSU all-time top-10 performances...Rugile Mileistye set an all-time Cougar best time of 54.64 in the 100 backstroke...Talor Whitaker recorded a Washington State record time of 2:00.42 in the 200 individual medley...a school record of 3:20.96 was set in the 400 freestyle relay.

2011-12 OUTLOOK
The 21-member squad returns 16 letterwinners, including seniors Melissa Bogert, Jessie Craig, Sarah Hicks, Emma Neely and Danielle Palumbo...five seniors combined hold 12 spots on the Cougar all-time top-10 lists, including contributing to three relay records...this year the team welcomes five newcomers, four freshmen and one transfer.

Head coach Tom Jager joins the Washington State after spending the last seven years coaching at Idaho...Jager is a six-time NCAA Champion, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist...Jager is joined by assistant coach Adriana Quirke...Quirke was Jager's assistant coach at Idaho for the past three seasons...rounding out the Cougar coaching staff is volunteer assistant coach Jessie Grow and student assistant coach Jennifer Dean.

To close out the 2010-11 season, Seattle came in eighth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming & Diving Championships...coached by first-year head coach Craig Nisgor.

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming