Dec. 3, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Washington State swim team maintained its fourth place position through the second day of the Hawkeye Invitational, Saturday.
The Cougars racked up 130 points in the second day of competition, making their two day total 258. Michigan currently leads the field with a score of 631. Washington State also trails Iowa (433) and Denver (407).
After the morning preliminaries 14 Cougars advanced to the finals. Sophomore Emma Johansson and freshman Alison Mand qualified to participate in the final of two events, the 100 fly and the 100 back. Johansson's finish in the 100 fly (55.75) positioned her in sixth place, the highest finish for Washington State in the preliminary rounds.
Cougar junior Shelbi Luchini placed seventh in the 400 IM preliminaries with a time of 4:24.96. In the 200 free preliminary, senior Emma Neely touched the wall in 1:51.22 and freshman teammate Nicole Proulx finished in 1:52.01, placing eighth and 10th, respectively.
Other Cougars who advanced to the finals included: freshman Haley Anderson (200 free), senior Melissa Bogert (100 fly), junior Kelsey Bruggman (100 fly), senior Jessie Craig (100 breast), senior Sarah Hicks (400 IM), sophomore Anne Kenney (100 breast), sophomore Heather Morlan (200 free), senior Danielle Palumbo (100 back) and sophomore Kelly Tannhauser (200 free).
In the finals, six Washington State swimmers placed in the top 10 for their events. The highest Cougar finish of the day was when Johansson came in fifth overall in the 100 fly with a time of 54.75, recording a personal best time.
Other Washington State top 10 performances include: Neely placing sixth in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:50.71; Luchini finishing eighth in the 400 IM (4:25.95); Mand posting a ninth place finish in the 100 fly (56.01); and Proulx claiming 10th place in the 200 free (1:51.93).
The Cougars placed fourth in both the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay. The 200 medley team comprised of Johansson, Craig, Mand and Bieleckaite posted a time of 1:33.70 and the 800 free relay team of Neely, Tannhauser, Craig and Proulx finished in 7:32.21.
"We have a good thing going," Jager stated. "We are really maturing and feeling like a team. All the things that we ask of our swimmers they are delivering."
The Cougars compete in the final day of competition of the Hawkeye Invitational, Sunday. Preliminary rounds start at 10 a.m. Central/8 a.m. Pacific with finals to follow at 4 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Pacific.