February 24, 2000
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Washington State women's swimming team broke four school records on the first day of the Pac-10 Conference Championships held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. Thursday.
The first school record to go down would be the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Lindsay Henahan (Rochester, N.Y.), Kelley Miedema (Cape Town, South Africa), Sara Schmied (Woodinville) and Rachelle Carano (Reno, Nev.) clocked in a time of 1 minute, 34.82 seconds to finish eighth.
Individually, Henahan moved on to the consolation finals of the 50-yard freestyle after finishing 11th in preliminaries with a time of 23.78 seconds. The freshman later clocked in a time of 23.97 good enough for 13th. Her preliminary time places her second on the WSU All-Time Top Ten List for the event.
The Cougars placed fifth in the 400 medley relay with a 3:46.05 to mark another school record. Miedema, a senior, lead off with the 100 backstroke and secured her spot in the school records with a time of 57.11 seconds. She was joined by teammates Erin Eldridge (Kirkland), Melissa Hubley (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada) and Henahan. This was the highest relay finish ever at Pac-10s for WSU.
Hubley set a school record in the 200 butterfly during Time Trials with a time of 2:00.87. The freshman sensation already held the record, but this time around, it qualfies for an Olympic Trial Cut and NCAA consideration time. Last year, this time was accepted into qualification for the NCAA Championships.
WSU continues conference competition through Saturday, Feb. 26. Second-ranked Arizona leads team scoring with 410 points, while the Cougars are ninth with 106 points.
"Tomorrow is our strong day," Aceto said. "We are swimming well as individuals and I expect the effort to continue. The momentum from the medley relay should carry us into an exciting day tomorrow."
Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships
Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool
Long Beach, Calif.
(All distances in yards)
TEAM SCORING - 1, Arizona, 410. 2, California, 342. 3, Stanford, 313. 4, USC, 305.5. 5, UCLA, 284. 6, Arizona State, 239. 7, Washington, 131. 8, Oregon State, 107.5. 9, Washington State, 106.
PRELIMINARIES - 500 Freestyle - 21, Rebecca Cohen (WSU), 5:00.30. 28, Gretchen Chambers (WSU), 5:02.64. 38, Jill Olson (WSU), 5:06.64. 200 Individual Medley - 29, Rachelle Carano (WSU), 2:06.87. 50 Freestyle - 11, Lindsay Henahan (WSU), 23.78. 25, Sara Schmied (WSU), 24.33. 200 Freestyle Relay - 8, WSU (A), 1:34.82. 400 Medley Relay - 5, WSU (A), 3:46.05.
BONUS FINALS -
500 Freestyle - 23, Rebecca Cohen (WSU), 5:02.71.
CONSOLATION FINALS -
50 Freestyle - 13, Lindsay Henahan (WSU), 23.97.