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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/20/2000
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June 20, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - If records are indeed made to be broken, then Washington State's incoming swimming class of eight recruits can expect to have some fun starting next fall.

Head coach Rocco Aceto announced the signing of eight recruits this week and all eight have already posted times that would rank in the top 10 of WSU's all-time performances. Two of the 2000 recruits have swum faster than current Cougar records in three events.

Aceto's incoming freshmen class includes two swimmers from Washington, two from California, and one each from Florida, Texas, Canada and South Africa. The in-state recruits include Koko Chinn, a graduate of Rainier Beach High, and Christina Swanson from Bainbridge High.

"Based on their best times and where they would rank on our all-time list, this recruiting class is probably the best in WSU history," Cougar head coach Rocco Aceto offered.

Semah Zavareh, out of Houston, Texas, already holds a 1000 freestyle time that is better than WSU's school record, while Taryn Ternent, from South Africa, has recorded times in three events that are better than current Cougar records, 100 backstroke and both the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Five of the new swimmers have qualified for Junior Nationals, including Teresa Dunn from Morgan Hills, Calif., who has two top eight finishes at JN in the 400 Medley Relay. Florida's Katie Byrnes and the two Washington prepsters, Chinn from Seattle, and Swanson from Bainbridge Island, have also qualified for Junior National competition, along with Zavareh.

In addition, Sasha Taylor from Ontario, Canada, competed earlier this month in the Canadian Olympic Trials, finishing 12th in the 200 backstroke and 15th in the 100 backstroke. Ternent was not able to compete in her country's Olympic Trials because of a broken foot, but the 1996 high school graduate has four years of international competition as a member of the South Africa Open swim team.

Zavareh, one of the top swimmers in Texas, has participated in several all-star camps, including two held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Col.

The following are profiles for WSU's newest swimming recruits.

KATIE BYRNES, Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High in Ft. Lauderdale...coached by Duffy Dillon both at high school and for the Ft. Lauderdale Swim Team...SENIOR year qualified for the Junior Nationals in the 100 backstroke after reaching the Florida high school finals...best marks include :59.39/100 backstroke and 2:05.25/200 backstroke...her 200 backstroke time would rank fifth on WSU's all-time list.
PERSONAL: Katie Byrnes...born 7-23-82...parents Philip Byrnes and Laurie Von Behrens...first cousin John Anderson a placekicker for Washington Huskies...interested in a business major at WSU.

NICOLE (Koko) CHINN, Seattle, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Prepped at Rainier Beach High...competed for the Salmon Bay Swim Club, coached by Doug Rusk...as a sophomore won the 1998 Metro Champion Award....SENIOR year did not swim for the high school team...qualified for the Junior Nationals in the 100 butterfly...her bests include :58.58/100 butterfly and 2:09.69/200 IM, which would rank eighth and seventh, respectively, on WSU's all-time lists.
PERSONAL: Nicole (Koko) Chinn...born 4-9-82...parents Halbert and Nancy Chinn...one brother...will be reunited with prep teammate and Cougar swimmer Jill Olson.

RACHEL DONG, Paramount, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Prepped at Valley Christian, where she was coached by Vlade Saphovkoz at the Lakewood Swim Club...as a JUNIOR captured the CIF championship in the 100 breaststroke...in the same event she was ranked nationally in the Top 20 by NISCA and was in the top 16 nationally for her age group...SENIOR season received All-America recognition by NISCA in the 100 breaststroke...again ranked in the top 16 for age group and in NISCA's top 20...best time in the 100 breaststroke, 1:04.1, would rank second on WSU's career list.
PERSONAL: Rachel Dong...born 4-30-82...parents Tom and Michelle Dong...one brother Jacob and one sister Bethany...interested in sports management and nutrition curriculum at WSU.

THERESA DUNN, Morgan Hills, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Attended Live Oak High, where she was coached by Mark Telifero...coached by John Bitter at the Santa Clara Swim Club...as a JUNIOR qualified for Junior Nationals in the 100 backstroke...SENIOR year was fourth at the CCS Championships in the Bay Area in the 100 back and was again a top eight finalist at the Junior Nationals...her best marks would rank on WSU's career top 10 list for three events, :58.40/100 back/fourth, 2:05.00/200 back/fifth and 2:08.81/200 IM/seventh.
PERSONAL: Theresa Dunn...born 8-2-81...parents Chuck and Mary Dunn...one brother.

CHRISTINA SWANSON, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Coached by Greg Colby at Bainbridge High while earning four letters...also two varsity letters in water polo...Bainbridge Island Swim Club coached by her mother...swim captain senior year...as a FRESHMAN was a member of the 200 medley relay team that won the state title...team captured the State AA championship...during SOPHOMORE year finished fifth in the state in the 50 free after winning league and district titles...team third in the state meet...JUNIOR year moved up to second in the State in the 50 free and team was State AA runnerup...during SENIOR year named to the All-Olympic League team for the fourth straight year...earned All-America and All-State recognition in the 50 free...member of the 200 medley relay team that set a state meet record...at the State AA meet, finished second in the 50 free, fifth in the 100 breaststroke...holds team records in the 200 IM relay and 100 breaststroke...team was third at the State AA meet...club record holder in all age groups for both short and long course events...qualifier for the Junior Nationals in the 50 free and 100 breast...her best times would rank in two WSU Top 10 lists, fifth/100 breast and eighth/50 freestyle.
PERSONAL: Christina Swanson...born 1-1-82 at Seattle, Wash...parents Greg and Jane Swanson...one sister Anna, who swam for one year at UCLA...interested in an animal science and veterinary medicine curriculum at WSU.

SASHA TAYLOR, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Attended St. John's Catholic...competed in volleyball in high school...club swim coach Scott Faithfull...during early June, 2000, competed in the Canadian Olympic Trials, finished 12th in the 200 backstroke and 15th in the 100 backstroke...her Trial times of 1:05.95 in the 100 and 2:21.81 in the 200 were both personal bests and would rank second and third, respectively, on WSU's career list.
PERSONAL: Sasha Taylor...born 6-15-82...mother Leabeth Taylor...one brother.

TARYN TERNENT, Edenvale, South Africa
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Attended Edenvale High, graduating in December, 1996...captained swim team...also played netball and tennis...has been competing internationally since leaving high school...could not swim in the SA 2000 Olympic Trials because of a broken foot...ranked the top sprinter among country's college recruits for 2000...her best times are better than current WSU records in the 100 backstroke and both the 50 and 100 freestyle...swims for the Dolphins Swim Club out of Johannesburg, which is coached by Dean Price...also a member of the National SA Open team under the coaching of Wayne Riddin.
PERSONAL: Taryn Ternent...born 1-5-79...parents Tevor and Laurraine Ternent...one brother Devon and one sister Hayley...enjoys poetry, movies and sports...during high school won a merit award for drama...member of the Standard Nine Committee that organizes school functions and the annual Matric Dance...wants to major in communications.

SEMAH ZAVAREH, Houston, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: A graduate of Stratford High...JUNIOR year finished in the top six at the State meet in both the 200 and 500 freestyle...during the summer attended the Western Zone Distance Camp, the All-Star Distance Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and the Gold Select Camp, also at the OTC...SENIOR season finished sixth at the Texas high school championships in both the 200 and 500 freestyle...best mark of 10:12.67 in the 1000 freestyle is better than the WSU school record...Junior Nationals qualifier.
PERSONAL: Semah Zavareh...born 9-12-81...parents Parviz and Marianne Zavareh...will pursue a pre-med degree from WSU.

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