Nov. 20, 2001
COUGARS AT WORLD CUP: Some of Washington State University's top female swimmers will have the opportunity to square off against top athletes from across the globe at the Speedo World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The competition takes place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, and includes world record holders and Olympic Medallists from 26 different countries.
"The world cup enables WSU swimming to test the waters against some of the world's finest in a 25 meter pool," WSU Head Coach Rocco Aceto said.
Junior Melissa Hubley, and sophomores Katie Byrnes, Rachel Dong, Andree-Anne LeRoy and Taryn Ternent will represent the Cougars at the World Cup meet. Hubley, Dong and Ternent are the team's three captains, and all five swimmers played intricate roles in WSU's thrilling 132-130 win over in-state rival Washington last week.
"Taryn and Andree-Anne have world cup experience, with Taryn swimming in world cups in Australia and Andree-Anne in Canada," Aceto said. "Melissa has NCAA experience, Rachel has competed at a few USA Nationals and Katie has Pac-10 experience."
More information on the meet is available at http://www.worldcupswimming.com
NEXT WEEK: Washington State has some time off from competition before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Arkansas Invitational Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
LAST WEEK: WSU moved to 5-1 this season, edging out in-state and conference rival Washington, Friday, Nov. 16. The 132-130 victory marked the second consecutive year the Cougars have defeated the Huskies, and the first in Seattle.
The meet came down to the final event of the night, the 400 freestyle relay, with Washington State trailing Washington 119-126. WSU teams placed first and third in the event giving the Cougars the two-point win over the Huskies.
Melissa Hubley led the Cougars, claiming victory in two individual events and swimming in the winning 400 free relay. The junior from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada recorded times of 2:02.24 in the 200 butterfly and 56.66 in the 100 butterfly, which rank No. 13 and No. 25 in the nation, respectively. Her time in the 200 butterfly is also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
WSU EVENT WINNERS: Melissa Hubley's two individual event wins in the Cougars' victory over the Huskies moves her into a first place tie with Andree-Anne LeRoy (the figure in parenthesis represents wins as a relay team member).
1. Andree-Anne LeRoy 5 (5) 1. Melissa Hubley 5 (1) 3. Rachel Dong 4 (8) 3. Rebecca Cohen 4 (2) 3. Katie Byrnes 4 (1) 6. Sasha Taylor 3 7. Taryn Ternent 2 (5) 7. Semah Zavareh 2 (1) 7. Jill Olson 2 10. Lindsay Henahan 1 (8) 10. Christina Swanson 1 12. Nicole Chinn (4) 12. Sara Schmied (3) 12. Jadine Louw (1)
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.
"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 (4th), 100 back (6th), 400 IM (9th) Christina Swanson-50 free (9th), 100 breast (9th) Sasha Taylor-200 back (5th) Sara Schmied-50 free (7th)