Jan. 4, 2012
The Washington State swim team will travel to San Diego where it will compete in three dual meets...the Cougars will go head-to-head against Rice, UC San Diego and San Diego State...all three meets will take place on Friday at the Aztec Aquaplex...the competition is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
In its last meet, the Washington State swim team finished fourth at the Hawkeye Invitational...during the three days of competition four Cougars set personal best times: junior Evelina Bieleckaite clocked a 23.37 in the 50 free; sophomore Emma Johansson completed the 100 fly in 54.75; in the 200 IM junior Shelbi Luchini touched the wall in 2:03.31; and senior Danielle Palumbo finished the 200 back in 2:00.98... the 200 yard medley relay team comprised of Johansson, senior Jessie Craig, freshman Alison Mand and Bieleckaite achieved a NCAA "B" standard with a time of 1:42.61.
WSU LAST SEASON
The Cougars went 7-2 last season in dual meets, including a 4-1 record when swimming at home...team 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.
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.