Oct. 23, 2007
This Week: After a month off, WSU travels to San Jose State Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m...Cougars lead the series 13-2-0.
Cougar Catch-up: The Cougars were last in competition Sept. 28 against Idaho...WSU recorded a 278-158 victory in its season opener and clocked in with the fastest times in all 11 events at the dual meet...freshmen Talor Whitaker and Rugile Mileisyte won five events apiece...Whitaker won the 50 yard freestyle (24.65) and Mileisyte won the 50 yard backstroke (27.41)...also swimming well against Idaho were junior Shawna Keller and senior Bryn Mooney...both Cougars collected four wins, Mooney victorious in the 50 yard butterfly (26.14) and Keller in the 50 yard breaststroke (30.25).
Scouting the Spartans: Third-year head coach Sage Hopkins is off to a 2-3 start in the 2007-08 season...most recently, the Spartans split with Boise State, losing the first meet but coming from behind to win the second match-up by a slim 95-92 margin...in the Spartans' home opener, they split a double-dual meet, recording a 227-60 win over UC Santa Cruz and coming up short against UC Davis 166-132...headlining the Spartans' effort is senior Brie Marhenke...named the Western Athletic Conference swimming and diving athlete of the week for the second time in three weeks, Marhenke has improved to 16-0 in the 50 freestyle and 13-1 in the 100 free.
In the Spotlight: The first collegiate meet for the five Cougar freshmen was primarily a relay competition. San Jose State will be the five's first dual meet, and the spotlight is on the new additions to the Cougar squad and how they adjust to swimming more individual events.
Head Coach Erica Quam Says: (On the month-long break): "We have really been working our legs, increasing our distance and continuing to focus on building our aerobic base for the remainder of the season. We've been using this time when we don't have meets to really focus on good, hard training." (On the San Jose State meet): "Since we haven't been swimming competitively since Sept. 29, we may be a bit rusty in getting off the blocks, but it will be good to get another competition in as we head into the remainder of our season. After this meet, we will have to solidify our team of 12 going into the invitational we are hosting the next weekend so this meet against San Jose State will help determine that."
Next Up for the Cougars: Washington State will host the first Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite Nov. 2-3 in honor of the legendary WSU swimming coach...the invite will start at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and at noon Nov. 3.