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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Hold Second After Day One of Rice Invitational
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/07/2003
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Nov. 7, 2003

HOUSTON, Texas - The Washington State University women's swim team captured second place, Friday during day one of the two-day Rice Invitational. WSU scored 216 points in the first day of competition, trailing Rice with 304 points. Arkansas is right behind Washington State in third place with 211, followed by Texas Christian with a score of 166.

"The one thing we did a good job of was moving up from where we were seeded," WSU Head Coach Erica Quam said. "It took everybody pulling together to put us in second place."

The Cougars were led by freshmen Erin McCleave and Monika Povilonyte, each earning one first place finish.

McCleave, a native of Rutherglen, Australia, finished first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.29 and third in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:02.75. McCleave just missed her season best time of 52.27 in the 100 free. Her time currently puts her in sixth on the Cougar All-Time Top 10 list.

Klaipeda, Lithuania native, Povilonyte, grabbed her first place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.08. She bettered her third place time on the Cougar All-Time Top 10 list by 0.35 seconds. Povilonyte, along with McCleave, was also a member of the third place 400 medley relay team.

Sophomore Jane Copland added a third place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.98. Seniors Sasha Taylor (fourth, 200 back) and Nicole Chinn (fifth, 100 fly), along with freshman Kayli Changstrom (fifth, 400 IM), gave the Cougars their other highest finishes of the night.

"We're looking forward to stepping it up tomorrow to stay in second, or possibly move up," Quam said.

The Rice Invitational wraps up Saturday, Nov. 8, with an 11 a.m. CST start time.

Houston Hilton Plaza Rice Invitational Houston, Texas (all results are in yards)

TEAM SCORING:
Rice (RICE) 304,
Washington State University (WSU) 216,
University of Arkansas (ARK) 211,
Texas Christian University (TCU) 197

DAY ONE FINALS RESULTS: (top three places and all WSU finishers)

400 MEDLEY RELAY:
1. ARK (A) 3:54.95
2. RICE (A) 3:54.97
3. WSU (A) 3:56.09

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY:
1. Bichman, Adi (RICE) 4:28.00
2. Voight, Jennifer (RICE) 4:29.10
3. Ciffohilli, Toni (RICE) 4:29.12
5. Changstrom, Kayli (WSU) 4:37.82
7. Gregg, Laurie (WSU) 4:40.90
12. Eldred, Karen (WSU) 5:03.03

100 FREESTYLE:
1. McCleave, Erin (WSU) 52.29
2. Csobanki, Zsuzsa (ARK) 52.66
3. Hum, Andrea (RICE) 52.77
8. Giovanni, Andria (WSU) 54.11
11. Ouellette, Lesley (WSU) 54.84

200 BACKSTROKE:
1. Auer, Barbara (ARK) 2:04.94
2. Keith, Jane (RICE) 2:06.32
3. Irons, Erin (TCU) 2:07.27
4. Taylor, Sasha (WSU) 2:08.29
7. Backhouse, Lindsay (WSU) 2:09.58
9. Gregg, Laurie (WSU) 2:10.04

200 BREASTSTROKE:
1. Povilonyte, Monkia (WSU) 2:19.08
2. Hill, Lauren (RICE) 2:20.85
3. Copland, Jane (WSU) 2:22.98
8. Ouellette, Lesley (WSU) 2:28.59

100 BUTTERFLY:
1. Ros, Urska (RICE) 56.66
2. Lee, Elaine (RICE) 56.97
3. Csobanki, Zsuzsa (ARK) 57.41
5. Chinn, Nicole (WSU) 59.12
7. Changstrom, Kayli (WSU) 59.48
10. Backhouse, Lindsay (WSU) 1:00.76

500 FREESTYLE:
1. Corcoran, Jackie (RICE) 4:55.65
2. Lynn, Whitney (ARK) 4:56.38
3. McCleave, Erin (WSU) 5:02.75
10. Copland, Jane (WSU) 5:16.11

200 FREESTYLE RELAY:
1. ARK (A) 1:37.37
2. RICE (A) 1:37.44
3. TCU (A) 1:37.94
4. WSU (A) 1:38.79

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming
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