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Cougar Swimming Set for Final Dual Meet of Season
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/01/2012
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Feb. 1, 2012

The Washington State swim team will travel across the border to Moscow, Idaho where it will compete in a dual meet with Idaho...the meet is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. at the UI Swim Center...the meet marks the final dual meet of the season and the last competition the Cougars will face before the Pac-12 Championships...the last time Idaho and Washington State went head-to-head, the Cougars out swam the Vandals, winning the meet 157-48 at Gibb pool...after seven years coaching the Vandals, Washington State Head Coach Tom Jager returns to Idaho for the first time as a Cougar.

In its last meet, the Washington State swim team fell to Oregon State 143-119, at Gibb pool...the Cougar relay teams were a highlight of the meet, with Washington State winning both relays of the night...the 200 medley relay team was comprised of sophomore Emma Johansson, senior Jessie Craig, senior Melissa Bogert, and junior Evelina Bieleckaite...the 400 free relay team consisted of freshman Nicole Proulx, Bieleckaite, Johansson and senior Emma Neely...Neely brought in the most individual points (12) for the Cougars and captured the 200 free by edging out Beaver swimmer Shelby Webber by .09 of a second...Bieleckaite touched the wall first in the 50 free to round out the four event wins accumulated by Washington State.

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.

To close out the 2010-11 season, Idaho finished eighth at the Western Athletic Conference the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Vandal freshman Shana Lim finished 42nd in the 200 backstroke...coached by first-year head coach Mark Sowa.

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