Nov. 17, 2011
The Washington State swim team will travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., to compete with Northern Arizona in a dual meet...third-straight away meet for the Cougars...events will be held Monday, starting at 4 p.m., at Wall Aquatic Center.
In its last meet, the Washington State swim team faced the defending NCAA Champion California...the undefeated Golden Bears outscored the Cougars 160-89...with the loss Washington State fell to 0-4 in dual meets this season...junior Shelbi Luchini earned Washington State's top scoring honors, bringing in 12 individual points...the best Cougar finishes of the day came from senior Danielle Palumbo, when she touched the wall third in both the 100 and 200 back.
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.
HIGHLIGHTING NORTHERN ARIZONA
In the 2010-11 season, Northern Arizona finished third at the WAC Championships...this season the Lumberjacks are 4-1 in dual competitions...coached by Andy Johns, who is in his 16th season as head coach.