Oct. 14, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Swimming earned its first win of the season as the Cougars powered past Idaho 184-78 Friday at Gibb Pool. WSU junior Erin McCleave led all scorers with three individual wins, setting a Gibb Pool and Washington State record in the 1000 freestyle (10:06.15).
"Anytime night you get a school record, I'll take that," said WSU Head Swimming Coach Erica Quam. "It's great to have Erin's name up on the record board again. She took down one of or most decorated alumna in Jill Olson and it was really an honor for her to get that this evening, especially so early in the season. Good to get it at home too. Setting a pool record and school record at home, that's a good night."
McCleave also tallied wins in the 100 backstroke (57.54) and 200 backstroke (2:05.09) to lead the Cougars with 27 points. Kayli Changstrom turned in top times in the 200 freestyle (1:53.85) and 200 individual medley (2:08.40) and swam to a second place finish in the 100 butterfly (59.39) earning Washington State 22 points. Bryn Mooney poured in 22 points for the Cougars winning the 200 butterfly (2:07.36), 100 butterfly (57.50) and finishing second in the 200 backstroke (2:08.33).
WSU junior Monika Povilonyte earned wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:04.99 and 2:20.11 respectively, earning 18 points. Katie Van Horne rounded out the top five meet and WSU scorers adding wins in the 100 freestyle (52.90) and placed second in the 50 freestyle (24.76) for 13 points.
Lina Daugvilaite added a win in the 500 free (5:10.29) and the Cougars notched wins in both the 200 medley (1:48.19) and 400 freestyle (3:33.50) relays in the Washington State victory.
"It went really well tonight overall," Quam continued. "We really stepped up our training and challenge our swimmers this week. Their quality sets on Tuesday and Thursday were tough and these guys really didn't let that affect them. As a coach, that means to me that we are coming around as a program and are going to be able to go far as a result of that. We can challenge them more and they can make more improvements and still get up and race week after week. That's a positive."
Idaho's Bryn Spores had the lone Vandal top finish taking the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.74 and led the Vandals with 11 points. JoJo Miller added 11 points and three top three finishes for the Vandals with Paige Lee tallying nine points with three third place finishes to round out the Idaho top scores.
"We'll definitely take advantage of a weekend off," Quam said. "I think we need a mental and physical break. These guys are at the point of breaking down and we want to make sure we take good care of them. The little sniffles and aches and pains will be alleviated with a weekend of recuperation. Then, we'll get back at it and work on improving our racing skills."
Next up, the Cougars travel to Stockton, Calif., for the Pacific Invitational Friday, Oct. 28.