April 20, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Four members of the Washington State women's swimming team were recently honored at the end of the year awards banquet.
Erin Eldridge received the Most Outstanding Award after becoming the Cougars' first All-American in swimming. The junior from Kirkland, Wash. is a two-time All-American finishing in the top 16 at the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events. Eldridge has been honored with the award for the last three years and continues to pave the way for success qualifying as the first Cougar NCAA participant last season.
Dual award recipient Liz Hohaia was honored with the Most Improved Award and Strength and Conditioning Award. The senior from Lacey, Wash. turned in season best times in 1998-99 and ended her Cougar career with a lifetime best mark in the 50 freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships.
The Coaches Award went to Katie Keller who holds eight schools records, the most for any Cougar in history. The senior from Seattle, Wash. has been an integral part of the program since her arrival to Pullman in 1995.
Junior Elizabeth Schmied received the Scholastic Award for academic excellence. The Woodinville, Wash. native is a biology/pre-medicine major holding a 3.71 cumulative grade point average. Schmied is also a member of the WSU Honor's College.
1998-99 WSU Women's Swimming Awards
Most Improved Award: Liz Hohaia
Strength and Conditioning Award: Liz Hohaia
Scholastic Award: Elizabeth Schmied
Coaches Award: Katie Keller
Most Outstanding: Award Erin Eldridge