Nov. 7, 2001
COUGARS HOST BOBCATS, HUSKIES: The Washington State University women's swim team plays host to Central Washington University and Northern Illinois University 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Gibb Pool in Pullman. The Cougars are 8-2 all-time versus Central Washington, winning 112-73 at home in the last meeting in 1999. The Wildcats, coached by Candi Eslinger in her second year, fell to the University of Puget Sound in their most recent meet, 110-94.
Northern Illinois dropped a pair of meets in its Mid-American Conference opener to Miami University and Ball State last week. The Huskies, coached by AnneMarie Strickland in her third, have never faced Washington State.
"Northern Illinois' head coach is a good friend of mine, since we coached together at Auburn University," WSU Head Coach Rocco Aceto said. "So there's actually a lot of history there, even though our schools haven't swam against each other."
The meet will be in a double-dual format, with all teams scoring separately against each of the other two. The 11 events Saturday will be the 400 medley relay, 1000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 400 IM, 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 back, 500 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 400 freestyle relay. There will be one heat of each event, with two swimmers from each school per heat. Each team receives five points for a first place finish, three for second and one for third. In each relay, the winning team receives seven points.
"We're swimming the shorter events list, but the longer, 200-yard versions of each stroke," Aceto said. "This makes the events more endurance based. At this meet it's crucial that you get first in each event, because depth doesn't play as much of a factor. What we've done with our lineup is have each athlete swim her primary event. We're not doubling up events to take 1-2 in everything, just looking to win and be competitive in every event."
"Last meet we came off a really hard week of training and were able to swim really well," junior Jill Olson said. "I think that gives us a lot of confidence coming into this meet, knowing that we can swim so fast after such hard training."
"I'm excited to go out and just race after this week of training and see how fast I can go," junior Lindsay Henahan said.
NEXT WEEK: Washington State travels to Seattle to take on intrastate rival Washington on the eve of the Apple Cup. WSU looks for its second consecutive victory over the Huskies at the meet begins at 7 p.m. Friday, November 16.
LAST WEEK: WSU opened its home season with a 149-100 defeat of the University of San Diego at Gibb Pool. The Cougars got off to a fast start, winning the first 10 events and 12 of 14 overall.
Andree-Anne LeRoy led the Cougars, recording three individual wins and one as a member of the 200 medley relay. The sophomore from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, who's top events are the individual medley and backstroke, claimed victory in the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke in the meet.
COACH ROCCO ACETO: Rocco Aceto is currently in his fifth year as head coach of the WSU women's swim team. Under his direction, the Cougars have sent athletes to the NCAA Championships four years in a row, gained their first three-time NCAA All-American, garnered recognition as the second best swimming team in the nation for academics, eclipsed school records 38 times and established 101 positions in the WSU All-Time top 10 list in his four years with the team.
Prior to his appointment at WSU, Aceto served for two years as the assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming programs at Auburn University.
Originally from Portland, Maine, Aceto competed on the swim team at his alma mater, North Carolina State, establishing school and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) records in the 50 freestyle and 400 and 800 freestyle relays during his collegiate career.
WSU EVENT WINNERS: With three individual wins against the San Diego Toreros, sophomore Andree-Anne LeRoy has moved into a tie with Rachel Dong with three event wins apiece (the figure in parenthesis represents wins as a relay team member).
1. Rachel Dong 3 (4) 2. Andree-Anne LeRoy 3 (3) 3. Rebecca Cohen 2 (2) 3. Katie Byrnes 2 (1) 3. Melissa Hubley 2 3. Jill Olson 2 7. Lindsay Henahan 1 (5) 7. Taryn Ternent 1 (2) 7. Semah Zavareh 1 (1) 7. Christina Swanson 1 7. Sasha Taylor 1 12. Nicole Chinn (2) 12. Sara Schmied (2) 12. Jadine Louw (1)
"When you put these three student-athletes together, learning to be leaders, I think we have a bright future for this team," Aceto said.
Hubley, a junior from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, comes off a season in which she broke her own school record in the 200 butterfly while placing fifth at the Pac-10 Championships, qualified for the NCAA Championships, and received the team's Most Outstanding Award. During the summer, she went on to win a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2001 Canada Games.
Dong's collegiate career got off to a fast start during her freshman year. The native of Paramount, Calif., broke the school record in the 100 butterfly and contributed to three relay teams setting WSU records at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. Currently, she holds positions on seven Cougar top-10 lists for individual events. After the season, Dong received the team's Most Improved Award and Coach's Award.
Ternent also excelled in her first year as a Cougar. The sophomore from Edenvale, South Africa smashed the school record in the 50 freestyle en route to placing eighth at the Pac-10 Championships last season, and swam on two relay teams that set WSU records. In addition, Ternent owns places on three other school top-10 lists.
ATHLETES IN WSU RECORD BOOKS: Cougar swimmers currently hold 41 positions on WSU's all-time top 10 lists for individual events, including five school records: Rachel Dong-100 fly (55.68 seconds), Melissa Hubley-200 fly (2:00.36), Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (2:03.53), 400 IM (4:24.16), Taryn Ternent-50 free (23.26). The following swimmers currently hold positions in WSU top 10 lists:
Rachel Dong-100 fly (1st), 50 free (2nd), 100 breast (2nd), 200 breast (2nd), 100 free (4th), 200 IM (8th), 200 free (10th) Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (1st), 400 IM (1st), 200 back (2nd), 100 back (5th) Taryn Ternent-50 free (1st), 100 free (2nd), 100 back (2nd), 100 fly (10th) Melissa Hubley-200 fly (1st), 100 fly (2nd) Rebecca Cohen-200 free (2nd), 500 free (2nd), 1,650 freestyle (3rd), 1,000 freestyle (4th), 100 free (6th) Jill Olson-1,650 free (2nd), 1,000 freestyle (2nd), 500 free (6th) Lindsay Henahan-100 fly (3rd), 100 free (3rd), 50 free (4th) Semah Zavareh-1,650 free (4th), 500 free (8th), 1,000 free (8th) Nicole Chinn-100 back (4th), 200 IM (9th), 400 IM (10th) Katie Byrnes-200 back (5th), 100 back (6th), 400 IM (9th) Christina Swanson-50 free (9th), 100 breast (9th) Sasha Taylor-200 back (4th) Sara Schmied-50 free (7th)
Irwin is a butterfly swimmer from Vacaville, Calif. who can give the team an immediate boost, especially in the dual-meet season.
Coach Aceto went international again to recruit Louw, who hopes to continue the tradition of outstanding South African swimmers at Washington State. Louw, a native of Welgemoed, won 2001 South African National Championships for the 17-18 year old age group in the 50, 100, 400 and 800-meter freestyle events. She then went on to garner a bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle and a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle at the 2001 South African Open Championships.
"Jadine definitely has a world class kick and great distance per stroke," Aceto said. "She's loaded with talent, and if she continues to improve, can help at the Pac-10 and NCAA level immediately."