Oct. 7, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - California defeated Washington State 168-94 Friday as the Cougars opened their regular season at Gibb Pool. The Golden Bear's Anne Babicz led all scorers with 22 points.
"I was really proud of the team tonight," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "I think they stepped up and competed well against a really talented team. We had some wins that really fueled them to continue to get up and push even harder."
Kayli Changstrom led WSU recording two victories including a lifetime best swim in the 200 butterfly (2:03.73). The Loveland, Colo., native captured her second victory of the meet in the 500 freestyle (5:01.64) and anchored the first place 400 freestyle relay team.
"Everybody got out there and gave it their best," Changstrom said. "It was fun just to get out there and race. You are always aiming for good results and getting a best time in the 200 butterfly made it that much better. Tonight we showed we can compete and got some good preparation for Pac-10's at the end of the year."
Monika Povilonyte earned a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.71) and finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.79) contributing 12 points overall for the Cougars. Jane Copland and Erin McCleave each record two top-three finishes rounding out the Cougar top-scorers.
"We had some great races," Quam continued. "Kayli coming from behind and getting a best time in the 200 butterfly and then staying in there to that last 100 and taking the 500 freestyle. The breaststroke events went really well and it was good to see the depth that we have in those two events. I really thought we'd have a good meet against this team. Sometime we realize we are probably not going to get the win against teams of this caliber, but I think that relaxes us and lets us focus on the things that we need to do well and we saw that tonight."
Babicz led California recording wins in the 100 butterfly (56.77), 200 individual medley (2:06.64) and a second place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.32). Jessica Hardy notched three top-three finishes including victories in the 50 (23.88) and 100 freestyle (51.22) events earning 19 points for the Golden Bears. Helen Silver posted a win in the 200 freestyle (1:52.41) setting a Gibb Pool record in the event.
"It will be good to face Idaho at home," Quam added. "We'll be able to swim some different events than we did today and that will give us a glimpse into what we can do in terms of different line-ups as we continue to try and choose our travel squad. They are a developing program and we will give them a lot of respect and put up some solid line-ups and have some good races."
The Cougars face Idaho Friday, Oct. 14 taking on the Vandals at 5 p.m. at Gibb Pool.