March 18, 2000
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- - Two-time NCAA All-American Erin Eldridge (Kirkland, Wash.), who finished eighth in Friday's 100 breaststroke, came back Saturday to place 18th in the 200 meter breaststroke at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Indiana Natatorium.
Eldridge, a senior in her last collegiate meet, clocked 2:30.82 in her morning preliminary, which left her two places short of a spot in the consolation finals. Georgia senior Kristy Kowal won the breaststroke competition with an American record 2:22.05.
Eldridge's two-day performance earned WSU a 31st place finish in team scoring.
"In athletics you get disappointed when things don't work your way, but we are extremely proud and happy for what Erin has accomplished, not only at this meet but at WSU," offered an obviously disappointed Cougar swim coach Rocco Aceto.
"Everyone in the program who has helped start the new mentality of what we are trying to do at WSU is very proud of what Erin has done," Aceto added. "It has been a privilege and a joy to coach her the last three years.
The only WSU swimmer to compete in the NCAA women's meet, Eldridge was 13th in last year's 200 competition and 26th as a sophomore. In the 100 breaststroke, Eldridge has finished and 23rd, 13th and eighth, respectively, over the last three years.