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Cougar Swimming Hosts Reunion with Central Washington

It's been 10 years since the last dual meet against the Wildcats

November 2, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — Nearly a decade has passed since the WSU women's swimming team last competed against Central Washington University at Gibb Pool.

Rewinding back to the 1988-89 season, the Cougars prevailed to a 141-64 win against the Wildcats at home. The following year would be the last meeting between both state schools. The 10-year reunion is about to start off Saturday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m.

The Cougars have had several strong practices and workouts in the last week following the Oct. 23 double dual meet versus No. 16 Minnesota and Florida State. WSU will use its secondary lineup in all events this weekend.

"I'm looking to see if we dare to swim fast in our secondary events," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "It (the meet) will enable us to use some of our additional talent in preparation for meets against nationally-ranked teams later on in the season."

Only in its second year at the NCAA Division II level, CWU has a cast of national veterans returning for its first dual meet of the season. The Wildcats placed 19th at the NCAA Division II national meet last year.

In the all-time series, WSU holds a 7-2 advantage over Central Washington. The two losses came in 1977 and 1978 respectively, just when Cougar seniors Erin Eldridge (Kirkland, Wash.), Gretchen Chambers (Adelaide, Australia), Kelley Miedema (Cape Town, South Africa), Suzie Muirhead (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Eli Schmied (Woodinville, Wash.) were about to be born.

Steppin' Up…Senior All-American Erin Eldridge will swim the 1,000 freestyle, an event she probably has not competed in since her youth swimming days…Fast time, but not official…Eldridge swam the sixth fastest time in the nation in the 200-yard breaststroke and broke the 100 breaststroke pool record time during the 200 in practice, Aceto said.

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