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Cougar Swimming Hosts Big-10 and ACC Powerhouses
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/19/1999
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October 19, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - It's double trouble for the Cougars. Big Ten Minnesota and ACC Florida State versus Pac-10 Washington State. Sounds more like a commercial plug for a college football series, courtesy of ESPN...

The same intensity and same competitive edge will be seen as the WSU women's swimming team hosts its first home meet of the 1999-2000 season at Gibb Pool Saturday against the two swimming powerhouses.

No powder-puff here.

Senior All-American Erin Eldridge quarterbacks the team with her specialty in the breaststroke events. The Kirkland, Wash. native is one of the Cougars' top returnees this season, along with seniors Kelley Miedema (Cape Town, South Africa) and Gretchen Chambers (Adelaide, Australia).

"We are ready to get out there and race, have good technique and see what we can do," Chambers said. "We are still working on technique in practice and perfecting them everyday for Pac-10s."

The Cougars have just a right amount of newcomers to make up a powerful defensive line. Rebecca Cohen (Portland) and Jill Olson (Seattle) are two of the six freshmen that will have a strong impact to the team and in scoring, WSU coach Rocco Aceto said.

WSU is 0-1 lifetime against the Lady Seminoles - meeting them for the first time last year. This will be the first meeting with the Golden Gophers. Kick-off begins at 11 a.m. "I'm excited with the big teams coming to Pullman," Eldridge said. "And as our trainer (Hiroshi Abei from Japan) would say, 'Ganbara!', which means 'You can do it!' and 'Makaruna!' meaning 'Not to Lose!'"

DID YOU KNOW?...WSU assistant coach Alicia Hicken swam for the Golden Gophers from 1993-97 and was a five-time Big Ten Conference Championship Individual Finalist.

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming