February 1, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Two meets remain on the regular season schedule as the Washington State women's swimming team hosts Pac-10 rival Oregon State for a double dual meet at Gibb Pool Feb. 4 and 5.
It's crunch time with the Pac-10 Conference Championships only weeks away. It's the last chance to turn in fast times and break school records for both teams.
"This meet is important, because it boosts our confidence and gives us added incentive to swim well," senior Kelley Miedema said. "We will go out hard in all events. It's a springboard to Pac-10s."
Miedema (Cape Town, South Africa) is one of five seniors to compete in their last home meet this weekend. They are All-American Erin Eldridge (Kirkland), Gretchen Chambers (Adelaide, Australia), Eli Schmied (Woodinville) and Suzie Muirhead (Mukilteo). WSU will honor them prior to Friday night's competition.
WSU is 22-8 all-time versus OSU. Last season, the Cougars won the traditional two meets down in Corvallis, Ore. But, the Beavers are coming off their best season since 1991 with a 5-3 record. "I don't think it will be a walkover," Miedema said. "We are going to have to concentrate. They are a vocal team and show a lot of spirit."
The Cougars compete Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
Swimming Notes...WSU coach Rocco Aceto will be on the Tuesday Press Conference Call at 1:30 p.m.