Oct. 23, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University Crimson team earned a victory at the fourth annual Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational with 245 points, Saturday, finishing 45 points ahead of the second-place Idaho Black squad. WSU Crimson scored 186 points while Idaho Gold racked up 122.
"As a team I think they did a great job of racing today," said WSU Swimming Head Coach Erica Quam. "I know that we are working really hard. It is the third weekend in a row of two days of racing, so I think they are holding things together pretty well and are moving in the right direction."
WSU senior Rugile Mileisyte was named the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer, notching 25 points for the Crimson team. The Alytus, Lithuania native took first-place points in the 50 freestyle, Friday, and added first- and second-place finishes in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively during the Saturday session. Mileisyte was also a member of three winning relay teams.
"She is in a good place; as far as season-best times, she is right there. I think that shows she is in the best place she has ever been at this point in the season," Quam said.
Sophomore Shelbi Luchini was the busiest Cougar swimmer this weekend, competing in five individual events. The Rodeo, Calif., native also accumulated the most individual points of any competitor for the second consecutive year (30).
A pair of WSU newcomers used the event to show their potential. Freshman Taylor Indahl led the Gray squad with 25 individual points, highlighted by a second place finish in the 400 individual medley. Freshman Emily Fenster won the 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke, Saturday, on her way to contributing 20 points to the Crimson total.
The Cougars will have two weeks off before their next meet against New Mexico State, Nov. 5 at Gibb Pool. Quam said the break is much needed and will allow the student athletes to rest.
"We need the break after three weeks in a row of swimming," Quam said. "At least 50 percent of our team has a cold or sinus infection and we just need to get healthy. The break comes at a good time and we will come back and refocus on the second half of the fall."