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Cougar Senior Swimmers Shine in Front of Home Crowd
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/27/2012
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Jan. 27, 2012


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PULLMAN, Wash. - Gibb pool was bustling with excitement as the Cougars gave the home crowd a night of excitement, winning four events, including both relays. Despite its strong performances, the Washington State swim team fell to Oregon State 143-119, Friday.

The final home meet of the season was preceded by a ceremony honoring the five Cougar seniors: Melissa Bogert, Jessie Craig, Sarah Hicks, Emma Neely and Danielle Palumbo.

The Cougars started out the night strong, winning the 200 medley relay with a team comprised of sophomore Emma Johansson, Craig, Bogert, and junior Evelina Bieleckaite, clocking a time of 1:45.18. The Cougars also closed the night on a high, with the team of freshman Nicole Proulx, Bieleckaite, Johansson and Neely capturing the 400 free relay in 3:28.82.

Neely made the most of her final home appearance by bringing an event win and recording 12 individual points; the highest point total for any of the Washington State swimmers. With the crowd cheering her on, Neely edged out Beaver swimmer Shelby Webber by .09 of a second in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:52.72.

All five Cougar seniors contributed individual points, with Craig and Palumbo bringing in 8 points apiece.

"We battled all the way to the end and I was really proud of our athletes," stated Washington State Head Coach Tom Jager. "We lost some close races and we need to improve that, but we did some really great swimming tonight."

Bieleckaite rounded out the Cougar wins by capturing the 50 free with a time of 24.04. Other noteworthy Washington State swimmers were Johansson, who took second in the 50 free and the 100 fly, and freshman Haley Anderson, who gave the Cougars two second place finishes in distance events, the 500 and 1000 free.

The Cougars close out their dual-meet season Saturday Feb. 4, when they travel to Moscow, Idaho to go head-to-head with the Vandals.

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