Feb. 25, 2013
Pac-12 Swimming Entries
Pac-12 Swimming Preview
Washington State swimming heads to the Pac-12 Championships held at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., Feb. 27-March 2, 2013...prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. each day.
The Cougars will face the eight other Pac-12 schools that have a women's swimming team...the field will include women's swimming teams from Arizona, Arizona State, California, UCLA, Oregon State, USC, Stanford,, Utah and Washington State.
WSU wrapped up the regular season with a loss to Utah...some Cougar highlights included Nicole Proulx winning the 200 free with a time of 1:52.96 and finishing second in the 100 free (51.93)...junior Emma Johansson was another first place finisher for the Cougs winning the 100 fly (55.84)...freshman Loree Olson took first place in the 200 back (2:04.18) just ahead of teammate Kelly Tannhauser who finished second in the same event (2:07.04)...Cougars finished with an even 6-6 record for dual meets this season.
WSU LAST SEASON
The Cougars went 2-10 last season in dual meets competing against one of the strongest swimming conferences...team finished the season with 16 WSU all-time top-10 performances...Shelbi Luchini broke into the top three of the Cougar all-time-top-10 lists in the 200 and 400 IM...Kelly Tannhauser made the Cougar all-time-top-10 lists for three events last season in the 200 Backstroke, 200 IM and 400 IM...eight Cougar swimmers made it on the Cougar All-Time lists at Pac-12 Championships.
The 18-member squad returns 12 letterwinners, including seniors Jenna Bekker, Evelina Bieleckaite, Kelsey Bruggman, and Shelbi Luchini...four seniors combined hold eight spots on the Cougar all-time top-10 lists...this year the Cougars welcome six freshmen to the team.
Head coach Tom Jager is in his second year at Washington State after spending seven years coaching at Idaho...Jager is a six-time NCAA Champion, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist...Jager is joined by assistant coach Adriana Quirke...Quirke was Jager's assistant coach at Idaho for the past three seasons...rounding out the Cougar coaching staff is volunteer assistant coach Jessie Grow.