Feb. 22, 2011
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University swim team will travel to Federal Way, Wash., for the 2011 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships...the meet will run from Wednesday, February, 23-Saturday, February 26 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center...preliminary sessions will begin at 11 a.m., with finals sessions to follow at 6 p.m.
THE FIELD: The Cougars will go head-to-head with the seven other Pac-10 schools that have a women's swimming team...the field will include No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Arizona, No. 21 UCLA, No. 25 Arizona State and Oregon State...the Cougars are 1-1 against Pac-10 schools this season...WSU lost to UCLA, Jan. 7 and defeated Oregon State, Jan. 28.
LAST TIME OUT: The Cougars are coming off a 157-48 win over Idaho at Gibb Pool, Feb. 5...the meet celebrated seniors Jennifer Dean, Rugile Mileisyte and Talor Whitaker, who combine with sophomore Evelina Bieleckaite to set a Gibb Pool record in the 200 freestyle relay...Whitaker led all competitors with 18 individual points after winning the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.
2009-10 RECAP: The Cougars went 2-4 last season with wins against Northern Arizona and Seattle...team finished the season with 11 WSU all-time top-10 performances and set two school records...senior Michaela Ahlin represented the Cougars at the NCAA Championships for the second-consecutive year.
2010-11 SQUAD: The squad returns 14 letterwinners including seniors Jennifer Dean, Rugile Mileisyte and Talor Whitaker...trio of senior leaders hold three individual school records, contributed to five relay records and 13 spots on the Cougars' all-time top-10 lists...team also welcomes nine newcomers this season.
COACHING STAFF: Head coach Erica Quam is in her ninth season at WSU...under Quam the Cougars have set 19 school records and earned 92 different spots on school's all-time top 10 lists...she is joined by assistant coach Lindsay Henahan and student assistant coach Jesse Grow...Henahan is in her third season while Grow is in his second.