Erin McCleave joins the WSU coaching staff after ending an outstanding four-year career as a student-athlete for the Cougars. McCleave is only the third swimmer in Cougar history to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors (2007 - 200 and 1650 freestyle; 2006 - 1650 freestyle).
She was the first WSU swimmer to be named national collegiate swimmer of the week by collegeswimming.com for her performances the week of Nov. 17-21, 2005, and the first WSU swimmer to earn Pacific-10 Conference Swimmer of the Month for Nov., 2005. McCleave is the school record holder in the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle events and is a member of both the school record 400 medley and 800 freestyle relays.
In addition to her swimming awards, she garnered "Senior Excellence in Academics" and "Cougar Pride Academics" honors at the WSU senior banquet in May. She was also nominated for the WSU Pac-10 and NCAA woman of the year.
At the 2007 Spring Nationals Championships, McCleave placed fourth in the 1500 freestyle, seventh in both the 400 and 800 freestyles, 17th in the 200 freestyle and anchored the second place 400 medley relay. McCleave recently represented Australia and WSU at the 2007 World University Games where she placed ninth in the 1500 freestyle and 14th in both the 400 and 800 freestyle events. She is currently ranked as high as second in the world with her times from the 2007 Australian Short Course national meet where she placed second in the 1500 freestyle, fifth in the 400 freestyle and seventh in both the 200 and 800 freestyle events.
McCleave graduated with a GPA of 3.74 in biology. She will continue to train for the Australian Olympic Trials in March and enjoys doing art and crafts and decorating cakes in her spare time.
WSU BEST TIMES
50 freestyle 23.57 Texas Invitational 11/30/06 100 freestyle 50.09 Pac-10 Championships 2/15/07 200 freestyle 1:46.70 NCAA Championships 3/9/07 500 freestyle 4:43.46 Pac-10 Championships 2/16/07 1000 freestyle 9:47.19 NCAA Championships 3/10/07 1650 freestyle 16:13.20 NCAA Championships 3/10/07 100 backstroke 56.86 Minnesota Invitational 11/18/05 200 backstroke 2:05.09 Idaho Dual Meet 10/14/05