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Cougar Swimming Heads to Hawkeye Invitational
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/30/2011
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Nov. 30, 2011

The Washington State swim team will travel to Iowa City, Iowa to compete in the Hawkeye Invitational Friday through Sunday...the meet will run in a championship meet format, with prelims and finals...prelims will begin at 10 a.m. Central/8 a.m. Pacific each day...finals will begin at 6 p.m. Central/4 p.m. Pacific on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Pacific, Sunday...all events will take place at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.

In addition to the Cougars, the Hawkeyes will host Denver, Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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In its last meet, the Washington State swimming team won both relays as well as five individual events at Northern the 14 swimming events, the Cougars outscored the Lumberjacks 133-129...because Washington State does not have a diving program Northern Arizona captured all 32 diving points over two events to win the meet 161-133...with the loss Washington State fell to 0-5 in dual meets this season...senior Emma Neely finished first in the 200 free...senior Jessie Craig touched the wall first in the 100 breast...junior Evelina Bieleckaite won the 50 free...senior Danielle Palumbo posted a victory in the 200 back...sophomore Emma Johansson captured the 100 butterfly...Craig and Johansson shared Washington State's top scoring honors, bringing in 13 individual points apiece.

The Cougars went 7-2 last season in dual meets, including a 4-1 record when swimming at 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.

2011-12 OUTLOOK
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.

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