Jan. 29, 2008
This Week: The WSU swim team will be hosting Oregon State Friday, Feb. 1 at Gibb Pool...it will be the final home dual meet of the season for the Cougars.
Cougar Catch-up: The Cougars last competed at the Long Beach Grand Prix against stiff competition including several Olympians...the relays headlined the WSU effort with the 400 medley relay (3:47.09) and 800 free relay (7:32.70) placing second...the 400 free relay placed third (3:29.15)...junior Elyse Peterson placed second in the B final of the 200 breaststroke in a NCAA B standard time of 2:17.22...she also touched eighth in the A final of the 100 breaststroke (1:03.43)...sophomore Shawna Keller placed fifth in the B final of the 200 IM (2:06.54).
Scouting the Beavers: Oregon State hosted Washington in the Beavers' final home meet of the season, losing by a 143-111 margin...the four members (Anna Crandall, Brittney Iverson, Saori Haruguchi, Kayla Rawlings) of the OSU 800 freestyle relay who earned All-American status last season for their performance at the NCAA meet are returnees on this season's squad...Haruguchi is a top-ranked competitor in several events in the nation...fourth in the 200 fly (1:56.45)...seventh in the 100 butterfly (52.91)...11th in both the 200 IM (1:59.05) and 400 IM (4:13.59)...the Beavers will be competing at Idaho Feb. 2, their last meet before the Pacific-10 Conference meet beginning Feb. 27.
Head Coach Erica Quam Says: "I'm expecting a close meet with Oregon State. It has been back and forth the last two years. It'll be another close one and an exciting competition for us. With this weekend of competition, we're trying to get in three weekends in a row of solid racing and making improvements every weekend. We'll have some people always doing their on events, and others we'll give a break and put them in other things to work on specific race plans. We're looking to tune up, sharpen up and make improvements to build confidence going into the Pac-10 Championships."
Next Up for the Cougars: WSU will be traveling across the border to take on the Vandals at the University of Idaho Feb. 9.