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Jager hired by WSU to coach swimming

Tom Jager, an NCAA and Olympic champion swimmer who has coached the University of Idaho since 2004, has been named the new head swimming coach at Washington State.

“We are thrilled to have a coach and person of Tom’s caliber take over our swimming program,” said WSU athletic director Bill Moos in announcing that Jager will replace the retiring Erica Quam.

Jager, an All-American at UCLA, where he won six championships, is a former captain of the U.S. National team. He won 11 national championships and three times held the world 50-meter freestyle record. He won seven Olympic medals, including five golds on relay teams.


Gonzaga junior Ryan Carpenter is the WCC pitcher of the week for the second time this season after a five-hit, 8-0 win at Santa Clara.

• Gonzaga (25-13-1) moved back into the Baseball America Top-25 poll this week at No. 23.

Men’s golf

Idaho sophomore Damian Telles shot a 6-under-par 66 and has a two stroke lead after the first round of the 54-hole WAC tournament in Henderson, Nev.

The Vandals go into today’s second round in fifth place at 298, 10 strokes behind leader Fresno State.

• Community Colleges of Spokane had three in the top 10, led by Andrew Roller’s 153 that tied for sixth, but the Sasquatch finished third at 622, 17 strokes back of champion Bellevue in the Skagit Valley Cardinal Classic in Burlington, Wash.

Track and field

Spencer Wordell of Community Colleges of Spokane won the 100 meters and high jump and compiled 3,399 points in the first five events for an 82-point lead on the first day of the NWAACC Multi-events Championships in Gresham, Ore.

Shayle Dezellem of CCS is fourth in the heptathlon with 2,360 points, 97 back.

• Washington State senior Marissa Tschida is the Pac-10 female field athlete of the week for her season-best 178-foot, 11-inch winning javelin throw at Washington.

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