Nov. 14, 2001
COUGARS VERSUS HUSKIES: The Washington State University women's swim team travels to Seattle to take on intrastate and Pacific-10 Conference rival Washington at Husky Pool Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
The Cougars have an all-time record of 1-21-1 against the Huskies, with the lone WSU win coming last year in Pullman. Washington, coached by Mickey Wender in his fourth year, is 5-0 this season after dominating competition at the Big West Shootout, Nov. 2-3.
"The Huskies are favored and the team to beat," WSU Head Coach Rocco Aceto said. "They lost All-American Irene Schneider from last season, but with their tradition of excellence they were able to recruit well. They've been dominating teams lately and swimming very well. They're strong at every event. We can just go in and try to survive their greatness."
The meet will be held in the longer, 16-event format this week. The events will be the 200 medley relay, 1000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 IM, and 400 freestyle relay. Each team receives nine points for a first-place finish, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth, with no more than three athletes per school scoring. In each relay, the winning team receives 11 points, second place receives four, and third place two points, with only two scoring relay teams per school.
"The team has been doing an excellent job training both in and out of the pool, and in the classroom," assistant coach Suzanne Yee said. "Overall, I think we're doing everything we need to be successful at the end of the season."
COUSIN RIVALRY: There is an added level of rivalry this week for Cougar swimmer Katie Byrnes, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her first cousin, John Anderson, a junior from Boynton Beach, Fla., is the starting kicker for the University of Washington football team. In fact, several of their family members are making the trip from Florida to Seattle to support the two athletes. As far as Byrnes' allegiance Saturday at the Apple Cup, her choice is easy.
"I'm definitely rooting for a Cougars win, but with John making all his field goals," Byrnes said.
"I think it's something special to have a dozen family members fly in from Florida to cheer Katie and the WSU swim team Friday night, before switching to cheer for the other team the next day," Aceto said. "However, her mom, dad, brother and sister will remain Cougar fans, while rooting for John as they rightfully should."
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 continued its strong performance so far this season, defeating Central Washington 59-34 and Northern Illinois 54-39 at Gibb Pool, Nov. 10. The Cougars dominated the competition, winning all 11 events to boost their record to 4-1 in dual meets this season.
Two Gibb Pool records by Washington State highlighted the day's competition. Andree-Anne LeRoy, a sophomore from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, broke the pool record in the 400 individual medley with her event-winning time of 4 minutes, 34.11 seconds. The Cougars also established a Gibb Pool record in the last event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay. Washington State's team of Taryn Ternent, Lindsay Henahan, LeRoy, and Rachel Dong won the event with a record time of 3:30.27, nearly 19 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Northern Illinois.
WSU EVENT WINNERS: Rachel Dong and Andree-Anne LeRoy both won one event each in the Central Washington/Northern Illinois meet to remain tied, both with four event wins apiece (the figure in parenthesis represents wins as a relay team member).
1. Rachel Dong 4 (6) 1. Andree-Anne LeRoy 4 (4) 3. Rebecca Cohen 3 (2) 3. Katie Byrnes 3 (1) 3. Melissa Hubley 3 3. Sasha Taylor 3 7. Taryn Ternent 2 (3) 7. Semah Zavareh 2 (1) 7. Jill Olson 2 10. Lindsay Henahan 1 (7) 10. Christina Swanson 1 12. Nicole Chinn (3) 12. Sara Schmied (3) 14. 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 (5th), 100 back (6th), 400 IM (9th) Christina Swanson-50 free (9th), 100 breast (9th) Sasha Taylor-200 back (4th) Sara Schmied-50 free (7th)