Oct. 26, 2011
In its first away meet of the season, the Washington State swim team will travel to Salt Lake City to take on Utah...second straight week the Cougars meet a Pac-12 rival...meet will have events starting at 11 a.m. Mountain/10 a.m. Pacific, Saturday, at the Ute Natatorium.
In their season-opening weekend the Cougars went 0-2 against USC...after the pair of dual meets the leading scorer for the Cougars is freshman Haley Anderson, tallying 20 individual points over two days of competition...Washington State had its best finishes, coming in second, in the 200 free, 50 free, and 200 free relay.
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.
This year marks Utah's inaugural in the Pac-12, having previously been a part of the Mountain West Conference...this season the Utes are 0-2 against Pac-12 teams, falling to Stanford and California...Utah is coached by fifth year head coach Greg Winslow.