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Cougars Encounter Nation's Best at Husky Invite

Competition runs December 3-6.

December 1, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's swim team will encounter some of the nation's best collegiate swim teams at the 51st annual Husky Invitational Dec. 3-6.

Three top 25 teams make an appearance at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

This year's invitational has become a predominantly collegiate meet that includes No. 6 California, No. 12 Nevada, and No. 17 UCLA along with host Washington, Hawai'i, and New Mexico State. In past years, the invitational played host to only a handful of colleges and numerous club teams.

The Cougars are taking this opportunity to train for the Pac-10 Championships to be held at the same site in February. WSU also gets a sneak peek at its upcoming competition with dual meets on tap against UCLA (Jan. 16) and Nevada (Jan. 30).

"We look to become very familiar with the facility from the starting blocks to the turning wall. We plan to warm up in every lane to really get to know the aquatic center," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "It's just what we want - to train in as many events as possible and experience racing with great swimmers before we go into exams."

Last season, the Cougars finished 12th with 157 points, while UW took first. However, the battle for the top spot this year may come down to Cal and Nevada, according to Aceto. The invitational will include preliminary and final rounds in both men's and women's events throughout the four days of competition.

Swimming Notes...Without classes during the Thanksgiving holiday break, the Cougars remained in Pullman until Tuesday of last week to train rigorously and maintain their tempo..."We did a lot of volume and yardage," Aceto said. "We went as hard as we could go." ...Aceto will be on the Tuesday Press Conference call at 1:30 p.m.

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming