January 11, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - The WSU women's swimming team prepares for an 11 a.m. dual meet against the 14th-ranked UCLA Bruins at Men's Gym Pool in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 15. During the holiday break, the Cougars' went 12-days straight while training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will see how it all pays-off.
"I think everyone is confident right now and we will see some fast swimming," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "There will be a lot of key match ups in several events."
Freshman Melissa Hubley (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada) will be up against junior All-American Beth Goodwin in the 100 and 200-meter butterfly races and freshman Lindsay Henahan (Rochester, N.Y.) will have a battle with senior All-American Keiko Price in the freestyle events.
Last season it was a first time meeting for each school - although both are in the same conference. UCLA would start the all-time opponent record at 1-0 versus WSU.
"Last year we had close races with UCLA, but this year we go down to California with a much better team," senior co-captain Gretchen Chambers said. "We hope to score more points and see how we compare against a nationally-ranked team."
Chambers (Adelaide, Australia) and freshman Jill Olson (Seattle) should be highly competitve in the distance events with UCLA not being as strong in that area, Aceto said.
Swimming Notes... The Cougars will swim in a short course 50-meter pool that will add more distance to their events. WSU normally swims a 25-yard course in Gibb Pool and in other collegiate pools around the nation. This will be the second time this season to swim short course meters after doing so at San Jose State in October.