November 12, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Erin Eldridge is on her way to All-American status as she currently holds two top 25 times in the nation.
Eldridge is ranked No. 13 in the nation in the 200-yard breaststroke and No. 11 in the 100 breaststroke according to Taper & Shave's recent College Women's top 25. The Kirkland, Wash. native beat out Alabama All-American Keri Coy in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 18.24 seconds in a dual meet versus Alabama and Northeast Louisiana Oct. 17. Her 100 breaststroke time of 1:03.86 was accomplished at the Husky Relays last weekend.
The top 16 in the nation qualify for All-American status after the postseason run at the NCAA Championships in March.
"Erin has trained just as hard as anyone else in the Top 25. She is absolutely on her way to becoming an All-American," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "I think she's a confirmed believer in her talents now."
Washington State also turned in four top 25 relay times. The Cougars are ranked No. 25 in the 200 medley relay (1:48.53), No. 18 in the 400 medley relay (3:53.87), No. 23 in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.32), and No. 22 in the 800 freestyle relay (7:53.42).
"I think it is a kicker that our team is in the top 25 in relays," Aceto said. "We are finally able to say we are on the 'big board'."