March 2, 2002
LONG BEACH, Calif.-- The Washington State University Women's Swim Team remained in ninth place after the third and final day of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Saturday at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
No. 1 Stanford lead the entire competition, finishing with 1320.5 points. Second place went to No. 9 USC (1197.5), followed by No. 7 Arizona (1151.5), No. 4 California (1096), No. 11 UCLA (1064), No. 10 Arizona State (818.5), Oregon State (477), Washington (449.5), and WSU (401.5). Oregon does not sponsor women's swimming.
Junior Rebecca Cohen broke her second school record of the championships, this time in the 1,650 freestyle. Cohen's time of 16:55.99 placed her 13th overall, breaking the record previously held by teammate Jill Olson. The Portland, Ore., native broke the WSU record in the 500 freestyle Thursday, and missed breaking the 200 freestyle record by only .06 seconds Friday. Olson placed 18th with a time of 17:06.53.
Melissa Hubley, a junior from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, recorded the highest finish for Washington State Saturday, placing 10th in the 200 butterfly. Her time of 2:00.48 ranks 35th in the NCAA, and is just .12 seconds off her all-time best, which is a school record.
Lindsay Henahan set a personal best in the prelims of the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.67 seconds, ranking her fourth on WSU's all-time list for that event. The junior from Rochester, N.Y., placed 23rd in the finals. Junior Sara Schmied (Woodinville, Wash.) also established a personal best of 52.71 in the 100 freestyle prelims to rank seventh on the school list.
Sasha Taylor, a sophomore from Smiths Falls, Ontario, also clocked a personal best with a 15th-place 2:02.19 in the 200 backstroke. That time ranks Taylor fourth on WSU's all-time list for the event. Also in the 200 backstroke, sophomore Katie Byrnes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) placed 20th with a 2:02.22.
The Washington State quartet of Henahan, Hubley, Cohen and Sara Schmied led the Cougars to an eighth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 3:28.11.
Those who qualify will travel to Austin, Texas for the 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 21-23. Cougar athletes may also complete at the Canadian National Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba March 12-16, and at the USA National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., March 19-23.