Oct. 28, 2008
This Week: The Washington State women's swim team will compete in a double dual meet Saturday, Nov. 1 as the Cougars travel to Reno, Nev., to take on UC Davis and host Nevada...meet will begin at 11:30 a.m...Cougars saw both teams earlier this season at the Pacific Invite...WSU won the Pacific Invite with 912 points...Nevada placed third (515.5)...UC Davis finished fifth (247).
Head Coach Erica Quam on Nevada: "Reno is always a tough team at home. They've definitely had experience with a winning tradition, winning the WAC Championship last year and they had two women who were at the NCAA Championships from the swimming side. We've seen them once before this season, but I don't think that has a lot to do with how we're going to be seeing them this weekend. I think home pool advantage at altitude will be something that will make us have to bring a good lineup. They are certainly a challenging team to swim at home."
Quam on UC Davis: "UC Davis has some really good swimmers. Heidi Kucera is probably one of the strongest swimmers on the team. She went to the NCAAs a couple of years ago in the 200 breaststroke. She's certainly well-rounded, versatile and can help out on a lot of the relays. Freshman Kayleigh Foley is an outstanding young talent that's gotten a lot better since her senior year of high school. She didn't compete with UC Davis at Pacific, but I saw that she swam last weekend, so she'll be another one to add into the mix along with some other swimmers they have. I'd say that they have strong swimmers across the board in every event."
Cougar Catch-up: The Cougars come off a winning and record-breaking weekend taking the title for their own Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational...sophomore Rugile Mileisyte set Washington State, Gibb Pool and meet records in the 50 freestyle Friday, Oct. 24...400 medley relay team of Mileisyte, Elyse Peterson, Michaela Ahlin and Sierra Burton broke a Gibb Pool record (3:48.48)...400 free relay team of Mileisyte, Talor Whitaker, Burton and Emma Neely set Gibb Pool and meet records with a time of 3:28.46.
Last Season: Washington State finished the 2007-08 season with a 5-2 dual meet record, its fourth-consecutive winning season under seventh-year head coach Erica Quam...18 swimmers posted 87 lifetime bests in the seven dual meets and four invitational meets the Cougars competed in...16 swims made the evening final sessions at the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Championships...five records were broken throughout the season all during the Pac-10 Championships...the 800 freestyle relay team of Michaela Ahlin (Tyreso, Sweden; junior), Rugile Mileisyte (Alytus, Lithuania; sophomore), Talor Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind.; sophomore), and Sierra Burton (Carmel, Calif.; sophomore) set the school record with a tie of 7:23.26...this year's team holds 38 spots on the Cougars' all-time top 10 list in 14 individual events.
2008-09 Outlook: This year's squad returns 10 swimmers including individual school record holders Rugile Mileisyte (100 back), Elyse Peterson (100 breast) and Michaela Ahlin (200 butterfly)...800 freestyle and 400 medley relay record holders consisting of Mileisyte, Peterson, Ahlin and sophomore Sierra Burton are also returning...11 new swimmers join the Cougar line-up this season.
Coaching Staff: Erica Quam enters her seventh year as WSU head swim coach...under Quam the Cougars have set 12 school records and earned 76 spots on the Cougar individual top 10 lists, three placements at the NCAA Championships and 24 first team All-Academic honors...Quam has also guided two All-Americans and one Olympian...she is joined by assistant coach Lindsay Henahan and student assistant coach Lina Daugvilaite...Henahan is in her first year as an assistant...she joins WSU women's swimming after serving four years as the assistant coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology...Daugvilaite, a 2008 WSU graduate and four-season athlete for the Cougars is in her first year as a student assistant coach.
Next up for the Cougars: Washington State will take one week off before returning to action with a dual meet against Northern Arizona Saturday, Nov. 15 at Pullman beginning at 10 a.m.