March 10, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Washington State senior Erin McCleave set a WSU record and earned All-American honors Saturday on the final day of competition at the 2007 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis.
The Rutherglen, Australia native finished 10th overall, the second highest finish in WSU history at the NCAA Championships, in the 1650 freestyle with a career best time of 16:13.20 to set a WSU record.
The 10th place finish also earned McCleave her second All-American honor of the competition. McCleave is just the third swimmer in WSU history to earn All-American honors and is only the second swimmer to be honored multiple times. She finished 14th in the 200 freestyle Friday and 11th in the 1650 freestyle in 2006 for All-American honors in both events.
She also broke her own WSU record time of 16:15.16 set Feb. 17 at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. It was the second WSU record set by McCleave at the competition. In the 200 freestyle preliminaries, the senior swam a record time of 1:46.70 Friday to set a WSU record and advance to the finals where she placed 14th overall.
The Cougars finished 34th overall in the team standings. Auburn finished in first to capture its fifth title in six years while fellow Pac-10 members Arizona and California finished second and third, respectively. Visit http://www.ncaasports.com/swimming/womens/recaps/d1_team/2007 for the complete list of team results.
McCleave and six other WSU swimmers will head to East Meadow, N.Y. to compete at the U.S. Nationals. Competition begins March 27 and concludes March 31.