Oct. 9, 2010
PULLMAN - The Washington State women's swim team won seven of eight events to defeat Idaho and Seattle at Gibb Pool, Saturday. The Cougars finished with 156 points while the Vandals scored 112 points and the Redhawks tallied 74 points.
WSU beat both teams in a double-dual meet at Idaho Friday, but after a night's rest, the student athletes jumped in the water again today. Head Coach Erica Quam liked how the team approached the back-to-back meets.
"I think there fitness level is good," Quam said. "If they can come back on a second day with times that are equal-to or faster, then that is a really good sign. We do have a lot of back-to-back meets this year which is a great practice for prelim-final competition like at the Pac-10's."
Senior Rugile Mileisyte was a part of the most winning teams, finishing first in five of the Cougars' seven wins. The Alytus, Lithuania native was a winning member of the 400 medley, 300 backstroke, 300 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 400 medley (add up) relays.
Quam said that while it is key to improve individually, the early-season wins will give the Cougars confidence moving forward.
"We're focused on ourselves but I think we do get confidence racing other teams," Quam said. "Idaho did an outstanding job coming out yesterday and they made us rise to level that they were racing and it helps everybody. Our team came around and fought through the whole meet and came out with that same kind of mentality."
Six WSU alumnae returned for homecoming weekend to compete at their former stomping grounds. The returners included Brett Bogachus, Tamara Coulter, Liz Grimes, Sara Hay, Lindsay Henahan and Keara Sheahan.
The Cougars will head to Stockton, Calif., next weekend to take part in the TYR Pacific Invitational Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16.