February 2, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - There are two more meets to go before the Washington State women's swim team heads down its final stretch to the Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way.
The Cougars will meet Oregon State for a two-day dual meet Feb. 5-6 in Corvallis, Ore at the Osborn Aquatic Center. Last year, WSU captured two home dual wins at Gibb Pool (113-87, 147-107).
Some factors may effect the Beavers this weekend. They have not competed since Dec. 5 and will be without one of their top swimmers in sophomore Erica Stephens, who is injured. Stephens is a major contributor in the backstroke and IM events.
The Cougars plan to go out strong in each event and try to break some school records.
Friday night (7 p.m.) includes the long order of events, while Saturday afternoon (11 a.m.) the shorter portion.
"My goal is to try to get these kids to swim within their best times or right on them," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "So when we go to Pac-10s, we know that we are way ahead of schedule."
With two weekends nationally ranked competition (No. 15 UCLA and No. 13 Nevada), the Cougars go into the OSU meet armed with confidence and valuable experience.
"Access to success is through the mind," Aceto quoted. "I think those who are confident they will swim well, will do so because they also believe it."
In the all-time series, WSU leads OSU 20-8. The Cougars have held the Beavers to 16 consecutive losses since 1989. It is the program's longest winning streak to date.
Swimming NotesThe Cougars continue to battle the ups and downs of flyingDelayed flights out of Seattle last weekend caused some travel fatigueThe Cougars will be heading down to Corvallis a day earlier than usual to avoid delaysJunior Erin Eldridge maintains her presence in the top 25 this week in the 200 breaststroke (No. 19 / 2:16.94) and the 100 breaststroke (No. 25 / 1:03.62)WSU coach Rocco Aceto will be on the Tuesday press conference call at 1:30 p.m.