Swimmers venture into Pac 10
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 01/28/2011
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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Idaho's Vandals venture to the Pac 10 this weekend when they take on Oregon State University Saturday at 11 a.m. in a non-conference college swim meet.

"That's the best swim conference, arguably, in the nation," coach Tom Jager said.

However, as regional rivals Jager noted there are more similarities between the Vandals and the Beavers than there might be with other members of the Pac 10 given they recruit heavily from the same neighborhoods.

"There is a lot of familiarity between the teams," he said. "We feel we can compete with them."

And the Vandals want to in order to erase the bitter taste of a loss in their rivalry meet last weekend. Not having the angst of the in-state meet looming, Jager said, might help his freshmen dominated team perform better.

"They lost track of their details," Jager said. "But it's not something like, 'My gosh, this is unfixable.' Our athletes are learning. I expect them to hit their walls better and execute all of their details better this next weekend."

The Vandals have five school record holders on the trip to Corvallis. Among them are seniors Staci Stratton (freestyle) and Alyson O'Brien (freestyle), sophomores Kelsie Saxe (individual medley) and Paige Hunt (diving), and freshman Shana Lim (backstroke).

"Our team is looking good," Jager said. "They're ready to go."

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