October 20, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Landing on the moon marked a historic moment for humankind and for the Washington State women's swim team Oct. 24 marks a meeting of two worlds, as ACC school Florida State steps onto Cougar soil for the first time.
East Coast meets West Coast.
The Cougars have had their fair share of first time schools this past weekend while competing down in Atlanta and Tuscaloosa, Ala. WSU made their presence felt after leaving their mark on five new pool record times at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center.
Leading the Cougars to record-breaking performances at the Olympic venue were Gretchen Chambers in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:34.02), Jessica Chisholm in the 50 freestyle (24.89), Katie Keller in the 500 freestyle (5:14.12), Erin Eldridge in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.70), and the team of Kelley Miedema, Eldridge, Sarah Ewan, and Chisholm in the 400 medley relay (3:58.51).
WSU came close to both first-time opponents Alabama and Louisville by a mere point.
"They (Alabama) were pleasantly shocked that we came in that tough," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "Last year, we could not even sit on the same blocks as those teams. To nearly pick off a top SEC team, that is saying a lot."
With Florida State coming in this weekend, Aceto expects the meet to come down to another close battle - a 10 to 15 point swing, which could go either way. It will all come down to the secondary lineup in each event, he said.
"I think we are right on track and ahead of schedule," Aceto said. "This weekend's meet give us another opportunity to eye another school outside of our conference."
The Cougars' showdown in Gibb Pool starts at 11 a.m.
Notables...Junior Erin Eldridge currently holds the second fastest time in the nation in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:18.24 accomplished versus Alabama and NE Louisiana...Eldridge (Kirkland, Wash.) beat out Alabama All-American Keri Coy in the event by 1.63 seconds...Senior Anna Hohmann (Victoria, Australia) also currently holds one of the nation's Top 10 times in the 200 backstroke...the school record holder in both backstroke events went 2:06.37 at the Alabama dual meet.