Jan. 25, 2012
The Washington State swim team will host a dual meet with Pac-12 rival Oregon State at Gibb pool...the meet will consist of 13 events, two of which are relays...the first event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., Friday...before the start of the meet the five Cougar swimmers will be honored during a senior class appreciation ceremony...this is the final home meet of the 2011-12 season...the last time Oregon State and Washington State went head-to-head, the Cougars out swam the Beavers, winning the meet 156-106 in Corvallis, Ore.
Friday's meet will be available to watch via webcast on wsucougars.com.
In its last meet the Washington State swim team earned its second victory of the season when it defeated Seattle in a dual meet at the Connolly Center Pool...in the 11 event meet, the Cougars claimed first place points in eight events, helping them to a 59-35 victory over the Redhawks...the eight consecutive event victories by Washington State came by way of eight separate swimmers.
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.
HIGHLIGHTING OREGON STATE
To close out the 2010-11 season, Oregon State finished eighth at the Pac-10 Conference Championship...the Beavers had two representatives, Jenni Dole and Rachel O'Brien, selected to compete at the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships...coached by eighth-year head coach Larry Liebowitz.