Feb. 25, 2003
WSU Faces Tough Competition At Pac-10 Championships Seven conference teams ranked in the national top-25.
COUGARS READY FOR PAC-10's: The Washington State University women's swim team heads to Federal Way, Wash., for the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Swimming Championships hosted by California at the King County Aquatic Center, Feb. 27-March 1.
The Cougars head into Pac-10's with an overall dual meet record of 3-4 (0-3 in the Pac-10). They chalked up wins over San Jose State, Central Washington, and Cal-State Northridge in the first half of the season.
WSU looks to improve as both a team and as individuals during the Pac-10's.
"We are going into the meet with high expectations of what we can do as a group," WSU Head Coach Erica Quam said. "Swimming is a sport that is very honest. You race other opponents and you are also racing against the clock. We want to swim better than we have all season long - in our individual events as well as our relays."
Last year WSU finished ninth at the Pac-10 Championships held in Long Beach, Calif.
IN THE FAST LANE: The Cougars currently have two swimmers ranked in the Taper and Shave College Quick 50 times in individual events. As a team, WSU is in the top 50 in two relays.
Lindsay Henahan: A native of Rochester, N.Y., Henahan currently is tied for the 13th best time in the nation in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.37. The senior co-captain has also broken two pool records this season in the 100 fly. The first came Nov. 22 at Gibb Pool in Pullman against Washington. The second came in WSU's last dual meet at Oregon State, Jan. 31.
Last year Henahan finished 10th at the Pac-10 Championships in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.12. She also placed 15th in the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.78.
Jane Copland: Copland, a freshman from Wellington, New Zealand, currently holds the 23rd spot on the Taper and Shave College Quick 50 in the 200 breaststroke. Copland is currently second on WSU's all-time top ten in the 200 breaststroke, and third in the 100 breaststroke.
PAC-10 CONFERENCE: The Cougars will face some of the toughest competition in the nation with seven Pac-10 teams ranked in the national top-25 according to the College Swim Coaches Association of America. The ranked teams in the Pac-10 include No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 California, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 USC, No. 12 UCLA, No. 15 Arizona State, and No. 23 Washington.
"This is going to be a very fast conference meet," Quam said. "It is a great opportunity to swim against some of the best swimmers in college swimming today and some of the best swimmers in the world. It is a great honor and opportunity to swim in such a conference. We hope to race hard and do our absolute best as a team."
The Pac-10 Conference also offers tough individual competition. California junior Natalie Coughlin holds the number one time in the nation in seven individual events. Coughlin's times in five of her events give her two world records, two NCAA records, and two American records.
USC sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno and Stanford junior, Tara Kirk, each hold a number one time in their respective events.
"The conference has some of the superstars in the sport (World record-holders, Olympians, National Team members) at the top of each event," Quam said. "The depth of the field is considerably strong."
NEXT COMPETITION: Those who qualify will travel to Auburn, Ala., for the 2003 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 20-22. Cougar athletes may also compete at the USA National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., April 1-5.
LAST COMPETITION: The Washington State University women's swim team ended the regular season with a victory at home over two club teams in the Cougar Invitational Feb. 8. The Cougars finished with 133 points, while the Spokane Area Swimming Athletes scored 67 points and the Tri-City Channel Cats had 46.
COACH QUAM: Erica Quam has a dual meet record of 3-4 with the WSU women's swim team in her first year as head coach. Quam spent the past five years as an assistant at Southern Methodist University.