The Washington State swimming team will compete in the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash. at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center…the meet will be contested Wednesday, Feb. 26th through Saturday, March 1st…Pac-12 schools set to compete in the conference championships with Washington State are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Utah…start times for each day of competition are 6 p.m., Wednesday, 11 a.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday, and 10 a.m., Saturday.
Washington State lost its last dual meet against Utah in Salt Lake City (Feb. 8)…dual meet against BYU scheduled for Feb. 7 was cancelled due to travel delays…the Cougars lost to Utah 163-99, falling to 3-6 in dual meets to finish the season (1-6 in Pac-12 dual meets)…freshman Elise Locke won the 200 fly with a time of 2:05.90, as one of two Cougars to win an individual event in the meet…senior Emma Johansson was the other, winning the 50 free with a time of 24.29…the Cougars also had relay teams place second in both relay events.
WSU LAST SEASON
The Cougars finished 6-6 in dual meets last season in one of the strongest swimming conferences in the country…finished sixth in a competitive field of 10 teams at the Hawkeye Invitational, and placed ninth at the Pac-12 Championships…Loree Olson highlighted the season by becoming the Cougar all-time record holder in the 400 IM…Olson also placed second all-time on the Washington State records list in the 200 back, and made the top-10 lists in two other events…Emma Johansson placed in the top three of the Cougar all-time lists in the 50 free, 100 back, and 100 butterfly…Shelbi Luchini notched the third-best time in Cougar history in the 200 back, as did Kelly Tannhauser in the 400 IM…total of eight Cougar swimmers made the Cougar all-time top-ten lists.
The 21-member squad returns 14 letterwinners, including seniors Taylor Indahl, Emma Johansson, Anne Kenney, Heather Morlan, and Kelly Tannhauser…Washington State welcomes seven freshmen to the team.
Head coach Tom Jager enters his third year at Washington State after spending 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 his last three seasons with the Vandals, and quickly made the move to Washington State after Jager was hired as the Cougars’ head coach…rounding out the Cougar coaching staff are volunteer assistant coach Jesse Grow and student assistant coach Kelsey Bruggman.
HIGHLIGHTING THE FIELD
Four teams will enter the conference championships as top-ten teams in the nation (rankings last updated Feb. 3)…California enters as the top-ranked team in the country…the Golden Bears went 7-2 in the dual season with losses to conference opponents Stanford and USC…Stanford comes in at No. 4, and will enter the Pac-12s with a perfect 10-0 record…USC is just behind Stanford at No. 5…the Trojans finished the dual season with a 7-1 record (6-1 in conference) with their only loss coming to No. 4 Stanford…rounding out the top-10 lineup for the conference championships is No. 10 Arizona…the Wildcats were 5-4 in dual meets this season, with all four losses coming to opponents ranked in the top six nationally…UCLA will enter the championships at No. 17 in the nation, with a dual meet record of 8-4…Utah, Arizona State, Oregon State, and Washington State are unranked…Utah achieved a dual meet record of 8-3 for the season, with its only three losses coming against Pac-12 opponents…Arizona State finished 3-5 in dual meets, with a conference win over Oregon State…the Beavers of Oregon State were 3-12 in the dual season with no conference wins.