Feb. 3, 2006
This Week: Washington State travels to Idaho to wrap up its dual meet season against the Vandals Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at the UI Swim Center...Cougars won first meeting of the season 184-78 at Gibb Pool Oct. 14...WSU is 3-2 in dual meets this season with wins over UI, San Jose State and Oregon State.
Head Coach Erica Quam Says:"It is great to be able to have a meet so close to home against Idaho as we prepare for Pac-10s. This is the last time we race heading into our conference meet so we've put together a lineup to accommodate each of our swimmer's needs. The order is one that we haven't competed in so far this year with it being a short order with the mile, 400 individual medley, and 200s of the strokes instead of both100s and 200s. We will get 100s of the strokes in the first event of the morning, the 400 medley relay. There are several key people in our lineup who need to step up and just see how fast they can go when they take out their races. We want to be aggressive on all four legs of our relays."
Last Competition: Cougars hosted Oregon State at Gibb Pool Jan. 27, edging the Beavers 134.5-127.5 in a thriller...junior Kayli Changstrom earned a crucial victory in the 400 individual medley swimming a Gibb Pool record time of 4:28.74 and giving the Cougars a two-point lead going into the final event... Erin McCleave secured the WSU win with a 50.49 split in the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay, hitting the touch pad just three-tenths of a second ahead of OSU...McCleave also posted a win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:04.40, besting the Gibb Pool record of 10:06.15 she set against Idaho Oct. 14...Other top Cougar performers included Monika Povilonyte, Jane Copland, Afton Pickett, Elyse Peterson, Jamie MacLeod, Katie Van Horne and Lina Daugvilaite...victory marked first win over Oregon State since Feb. 2, 2002 and Head Coach Erica Quam's first career win over the Beavers...three Cougars made their final appearances at Gibb Pool as Washington State said farwell to seniors Copland, Karen Eldred and Andrea Lubeck.
Scouting the Vandals: Idaho enters its final home meet of the season with a 1-3 dual meet record posting a win over Seattle University Nov. 18...Vandals fell to Oregon State 141-121 in their last competition (Jan. 28)...UI swimming programs enters its second season and is coached by Tom Jager...Vandals are led by Adriana Quirke, JoJo Miller and Sara Peterson.
Coach Quam Says: "Idaho had some solid performances against Oregon State last Saturday (Jan. 28). They are in the same place we are preparing for their conference championships. We should have several good match-ups against the Vandals, especially in the shorter events.
Next Up For Washington State: The Cougars have three weeks to train for the Pac-10 Championships Feb. 22-25 in Long Beach, Calif.