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Cougars to Compete at Grand Prix Meet
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/15/2008
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Jan. 15, 2008

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This Week: The WSU swim team will be competing at the Long Beach Grand Prix in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 19-21.

Cougar Catch-up: The Cougars took a week off after competing at the UC Irvine Invite Jan. 5...WSU won the Sprint Invitational with 659 points and placed second in the Distance Invitational with 121 points...freshman Rugile Mileisyte placed first in the 100 backstroke (59.14), Elyse Peterson won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.19) and Shawna Keller was victorious in the 50 breaststroke (31.07)...Mileisyte also placed second in the 200 IM (2:12.70) and three third-place showings...sophomore Michaela Ahlin captured two second-places in the 50 backstroke (29.21) and the 50 butterfly (26.84).

Long Beach Grand Prix: The Long Beach Grand Prix meet features several of the top club teams around the nation including Club Wolverine, the Trojan Swim Club and the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club...numerous area club teams will be competing as well...preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m. and finals will be held at 5 p.m...the top 16 will score and move on to the finals unless the event is a timed final...the Long Beach Grand Prix is the second in a series of Grand Prix events.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: (On the event and the competition): "I think this will be a great opportunity to see some different swimmers from all over. Some of the top United States National team members will be there. The Grand Prix series is a great event for a lot of swimmers around the country to tune up for the final push going into Beijing for the Olympics. For us, it will be a great event to get back into racing and to get ready for the Pacific-10 Championships." (On the expectations for the Cougar swimmers): "We've got a lot of potential to step up. People are coming off a great training camp, and we'll be looking to find some speed again after really working on our aerobic base. I think we've got quite a few people seeded in the top 16. It will be a pretty good experience since this is where we will be swimming the Pac-10s. It is a chance to go to the facility we'll be competing at and continuing to get adjusted to it the atmosphere."

Next Up for the Cougars: WSU will be hosting Oregon State Feb. 1 at Gibb Pool.

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming
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