February 25, 2000
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Washington State University All-American swimmer Erin Eldridge continues her quest for a third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships finishing fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 3.09 seconds at the Pac-10 Conference Championships Friday night.
Last season, the senior from Kirkland, Wash., placed third and took home a Pac-10 medal in the event. The field of elite breaststroker swimmers in the conference has expanded this year with the addition of Olympian Amanda Beard, a freshman at Arizona. Eldridge would still remain among the elite in the nation posting a 1:02.52 during preliminaries, which is just under the NCAA automatic time of 1:02.33 and still places her 13th in the NCAA polls.
Two school records were erased for the second night in a row. Senior Kelley Miedema (Cape Town, South Africa) broke the 100 backstroke record with a time of 57.06 seconds during the bonus finals of the event. Miedema rewrote the record Thursday night after leading off in the 400 medley relay.
Freshman Lindsay Henahan set a record of her own in the 100 butterfly. The Rochester, N.Y. native, turned in a time of 56.29 during the bonus finals. Henahan was one of the four member squad who broke the 400 medley relay record on day one of the conference meet.
Cougar Rachelle Carano (Reno, Nev.) has been making impressive marks in her first Pac-10 Championship. The freshman utility swimmer clocked in the third fastest school time in the 400 Individual Medley with a 4:31.24. She also turned in the second fastest school time in the 200 Individual Medley Thursday with a 2:06.87, which is .02 seconds off the school record.
In relay competition, WSU was disqualified in the 200 medley relay, but came back to finish eighth in the 800 freestyle relay in a time of 7:38.66.
"This (disqualification) was devastating to the team tallies and unfortunately plummetted WSU to the basement in point tallies," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "We responded well by breaking two school records and now we are forced to refocus our team goal to individuals swimming personal best times and NCAA qualifying times."
Second-ranked Arizona continues its run for the Pac-10 crown leading team scoring with 861 points. After being in ninth Thursday, WSU pulled itself back into eighth with 207 points over regional rival Oregon State.
The Cougars return to the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif., for the last day of conference competition Saturday.
Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships
Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool
Long Beach, Calif.
(All distances in yards)
TEAM SCORING - 1, Arizona, 861. 2, California, 827. 3, Stanford, 759. 4, UCLA, 721. 5, USC, 650.5. 6, Arizona State, 588. 7, Washington, 321. 8, Washington State, 207. 9, Oregon State, 203.5.
400 Individual Medley - 14, Rachelle Carano (WSU), 4:33.64. 100 Butterfly - 18, Lindsday Henahan (WSU), 56.44. 21, Melissa Hubley (WSU), 56.67. 200 Freestyle - 28, Rebecca Cohen (WSU), 1:53.62. 37, Gretchen Chambers (WSU), 1:55.35. 43, Jill Olson (WSU), 1:56.32. 46, Sara Schmied (WSU), 1:57.36. 100 Breaststroke - 4, Erin Eldridge (WSU), 1:02.52. 17, Rachelle Carano (WSU), 1:06.20. 100 Backstroke - 18, Kelley Miedema (WSU), 57.26. 27, Eli Schmied (WSU), 1:00.19. 33, Suzie Muirhead (WSU), 1:04.03.
BONUS FINALS -
100 Butterfly - 18, Lindsay Henahan (WSU), 56.29. 22, Melissa Hubley (WSU), 56.92. 100 Breaststroke - 20, Rachelle Carano (WSU), 1:06.77. 100 Backstroke - 18, Kelley Miedema (WSU), 57.06.
CONSOLATION FINALS -
400 Individual Medley - 14, Rachelle Carano (WSU), 4:31.24.
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS -
100 Breaststroke - 5, Erin Eldridge (WSU), 1:03.09. 800 Freestyle Relay - 8, WSU (A), 7:38.66.