Feb. 6, 2010
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Washington State women's swim team lost another close meet Saturday, falling to Idaho 123-108. The Cougars came up short after having to fight their way out of an early deficit due to a Vandals sweep of the two diving events.
"I will give all the credit to Idaho who had a great group of seniors who stepped up and led a total team effort to come away with the win today," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "They stepped up and swam better than they have all season and will be a strong team going into the WAC Conference Meet."
Michaela Ahlin was a co-leader in points for the Cougars (18), finishing with two wins in each of her individual events. The senior's first win came in the 200 individual medley where she finished in 2:07.08, three seconds in front of Idaho's Kelsie Saxe, who took second. Ahlin's second win came during a Cougar sweep of the 200 butterfly. Ahlin finished first in 2:06.05 while teammates Rachael Krager and Breezy Gonzales battled for second place. Krager ended up touching the wall first, just .64 seconds faster than the freshman.
Talor Whitaker also finished with 18 points and was a dual-event winner. The Chesterton, Ind., native put up a season-best in the 200 freestyle with a winning time of 1:53.44. Whitaker also won the 100 freestyle in exciting fashion. The junior touched the wall first in 52.08 seconds to beat out teammate Rugile Mileisyte (52.63) and Idaho's Amanda Watson (52.85).
Another notable performance came from Danielle Palumbo. The sophomore from Sammamish, Wash., posted a season best on her way to winning the 200 backstroke in 2:07.37. Junior Jennifer Dean also came away with a season-best in the 500 freestyle at 10:44.32.
"I continue to believe in this team and what we are doing," Quam said. "I see things in practice that continue to reinforce that we are well ahead of where we have ever been as a program in terms of potential. It will be up to the team to come together and realize that the work will pay off and they are capable of a lot more than we are showing in our competitions thus far."
The Cougar squad will spend the next few weeks of the season preparing for the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 24-27.