Nov. 2, 2011
The Washington State swim team will travel to Berkley, Calif., to take on California in a pair of dual meets...third-straight week the Cougars meet a Pac-12 rival...Friday's events will start at 1 p.m. while Saturday's meet will begin at 9 a.m., both at the Spieker Aquatics Complex.
In its first away meet of the season, the Cougars were defeated by Utah 147-115 in Salt Lake City...with the loss Washington State fell to 0-3 in dual meets this season...senior Danielle Palumbo and juniors Shelbi Luchini and Evelina Bieleckaite each recorded an individual victory...sixteen Cougars contributed to the team score...Washington State logged eight second-place finishes.
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.
California is the reigning NCAA champion from the 2010-11 season...this season the Golden Bears' record is 2-0 (2-0 in the Pac-12)...coached by Teri McKeever, who is in her 20th season as head coach at California...McKeever was named as the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's swimming head coach in Dec. 2010.