Feb. 23, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's swim team heads to Long Beach, Calif., for the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Swimming Championships hosted by Arizona State at the Belmont Plaza, Wednesday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 28. The Cougars head into Pac-10's with an overall dual meet record of 1-8 (0-5 in the Pac-10)...last year WSU finished ninth at the Pac-10 Championships held in Federal Way, Wash.
IN THE FAST LANE: The Cougs have been led by two freshmen this season...each has appeared on the Taper and Shave Quick 50 Top Times list at some time during the season.
Rutherglen, Australia, native, Erin McCleave, has the team's top times in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyles, and the 100 backstroke...on the season, she has six top two finishes in the 200 free, three in the 100 free, four in the 50 free, and three first place finishes in the 500 freestyle...she holds places on the Cougars; All-Time Top 10 list in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyles.
Monika Povilonyte (Klaipeda, Lithuania) has the team's best times of the season in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes...she has finished first in the 100 breaststroke five times this season...her other three races she finished second...she's finished first in the 200 breaststroke five times, and second place three times...she is number three on the Cougars' All-Time Top 10 list in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
PAC-10 CONFERENCE: The Cougars will face some of the toughest competition in the nation with seven Pac-10 teams ranked in the national top-25 according to the College Swim Coaches Association of America...five of which are ranked in the top-10. The ranked teams in the Pac-10 include No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 USC, No. 8 California, No. 10 UCLA, No. 16 Arizona State, and No. 24 Washington...Oregon State and Washington State are the only two Pac-10 teams not ranked...Oregon does not have a women's swim team.
The Pac-10 Conference also offers tough individual competition...California senior Natalie Coughlin holds the number one time in the nation in six individual events...USC junior Kaitlin Sandeno, Oregon State senior Birte Stevens, and Arizona junior Emily Mason, each hold a number one time in their respective events.
NEXT COMPETITION: Those who qualify will travel to College Station, Texas., for the 2004 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 18-20. COACH QUAM: WSU Head Coach Erica Quam is in her second season as the women's swimming coach...prior to WSU, Quam spent five years at Southern Methodist University as an assistant coach... SMU finished in the top 10 at the NCAA championship meet four times.