Oct. 30, 2007
This Week: The WSU swim team hosts the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 3 at noon at Gibb Pool...attending the two-day meet are Ohio State, University of the Pacific and Idaho...Debbie Pipher coached Cougar swimming from 1977-1997 and compiled an 85-62-1 record.
Cougar Catch-up: Last week, the Cougars traveled to San Jose State and won the dual 170.5-91.5...WSU won 11 of 14 events...leading the charge were Elyse Peterson with victories in the 100 (1:05.07) and 200 (2:20.63) breaststroke events and Michaela Ahlin with victories in the 100 (57.71) and 200 (2:03.91) butterflies...both were members of the winning 200 medley relay (1:46.74)...Lina Daugvilaite also posted two individual wins in the 500 (5:08.44) and 1,000 (10:26.75) freestyles.
Scouting the Buckeyes: Ohio State and ninth-year head coach kicked off their season with a 1-1 split last weekend...the Buckeyes defeated Kenyon College 207-87 but lost narrowly to Ohio 152-148...seven of the 12 swimming events were won by Ohio State as well as five second place finishes...Colleen Schweitzer (100 and 200 breaststroke) and Katelyn Brix (1,000 freestyle and 400 IM) were double winners for the Buckeyes at their season-opening meet.
Scouting the Tigers: University of the Pacific placed third at the Pacific Invitational behind California and Oregon State...Ja-Neil Bragg and Ziada Jardine led the Tigers with second-place showings...Bragg touched second in the 200 IM (2:03.75) and Jardine took second in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.15).
Scouting the Vandals: The University of Idaho dropped a pair of meets to San Jose State, falling 188-92 Oct. 26 and 176-104 Oct. 27...Anna Humphrey had two first-place finishes in the 100 (1:00.05) and 200 (2:08.41) backstrokes...the Vandals packed a one-two punch in the 200 freestyle with Alyson O'Brien finishing first and Mary Skidmore in second...Elizabeth Jagusch had the best time in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.44).
Head Coach Erica Quam Says: "We were able to be aggressive on the front half our races. People also finished pretty strongly so it is always a good confidence builder for our team to know it is able to take it out fast and still hold on to the races at the finish. The format for the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite is going to be really exciting for the teams as well as the spectators. The format makes it a simpler form of racing since there are only four people competing against each other. That intensified pressure will be really good in helping to prepare us for Pacific-10 competition."
Next Up for the Cougars: Washington State will have a week break before heading south to dual Northern Arizona Nov. 16 and Arizona State Nov. 17.