Nov. 28, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Erin McCleave was named National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com for her performance during the week of Nov. 17-21. McCleave becomes the first Washington State swimmer to earn the honor since its inception in 1999.
McCleave won four events, set three WSU individual records, set two meet records and earned several NCAA cuts at the Minnesota Invitational (Nov. 18-20) to garner the national recognition.
McCleave earned a meet and school record Friday, Nov. 18 posting a first place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:45.82 in the second session of the Minnesota Invitational. McCleave's time bested the Minnesota Invitational meet record (4:45.99) held by 2004 Olympian Carly Piper and currently ranks as the sixth fastest 500 freestyle time in the country. The Rutherglen, Australia native's finals performance shaved four seconds off her first session time (4:50.36) which broke the previous Washington State record of 4:53.53 set in 2002.
McCleave continued her success in the second day of the meet (Nov. 19), swimming to a first place finish and school record in the 200 freestyle posting a time of 1:48.48 to beat her own record of 1:49.41 set in 2004. McCleave also anchored an 800 freestyle relay team that finished with a time of 7:26.94 to earn the WSU record in the event. The previous record of 7:27.57 was set in 2001.
In the final day of competition (Nov.20) McCleave swam to a time of 16:17.06 in the 1650 freestyle setting a WSU and Minnesota Invitational record while also earning a NCAA automatic qualifying standard. McCleave shaved 25 seconds off the previous record of 16:42.06 which she set earlier this season at the Pacific Invitational (Oct. 28) in her first attempt at the distance event. McCleave also earned a NCAA "B" consideration standard in the 100 freestyle earning a first place finish with a lifetime best time of 50.69.
The National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week Award is voted on by a panel of coaches from across the country and is underwritten by Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates, a multi-service engineering, planning, and design firm that specializes in aquatic facilities.