Oct. 20, 2011
The Washington State University swim team will square off with USC in a pair of dual meets at Gibb pool...first meet will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, and will consist of 11 races, two of which are relays...same number of races will occur, Saturday, with events beginning at 11 a.m...Saturday's match is the official Cougs Wave Pink Meet, marking the fifth year that the Cougars have celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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.
In 2010, USC finished third overall in the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships...swimmer Katina Hosszu, returning as a senior this season, earned the 2011 NCAA Swimmer of the Meet honors along with claiming three NCAA titles...sixth-year swimming coach Dave Salo was selected as a 2012 U.S. Olympic women's swim team assistant coach.