After a week off from competition, the Washington State swim team returns to action with a dual meet Friday against Seattle…Friday’s meet will be contested in Seattle and will begin at 5 p.m.
The Cougars hit the road after two meets on the Palouse, followed by a week off from competition…they lost to USC in their first home meet at Gibb Pool to fall to 0-3…the following morning, Washington State traveled across state lines to face Idaho in a dual meet and notched its first victory of the season, improving to 1-3…senior Emma Johansson highlighted the USC meet for the Cougars as the second-highest individual scorer in the contest…Johansson captured first-place finishes in the 100 back and 100 fly, and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team…Haley Rose Love and Presley Wetterstrom also tabbed one event victory each for Washington State…against Idaho, the Cougars collectively won six individual events and both relays…the freshman influence was again present as Love and Elise Locke continued success with two event victories each…Johansson continued to establish herself as the team’s leader against Idaho by winning the 100 back and 100 fly.
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.
The Redhawks welcomed 10 freshmen to the team for the 2013-14 season, and return three seniors…they are coached by Craig Nisgor, who is in his third season with Seattle…finished last season with a ninth-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference Championship.