Feb. 27, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Washington State swim team completed the first day of the Pacific-10 Championships with a record-setting performance Wednesday as well as reaching two NCAA B Consideration times.
The 800 freestyle relay of sophomore Michaela Ahlin and freshmen Talor Whitaker, Rugile Mileisyte and Sierra Burton swam the event in 7:23.26. The previous WSU record time of 7:25.21 was set in 2006. The record-setting time also made the NCAA B Consideration cut.
In the other event of the day, the 200 medley relay quartet nearly set another record with a time of 1:42.36 but fell just shy of the 1:42.33 record set in 2001. Despite falling short of another record, the time was also an NCAA B Consideration. Three of the same four competed in both relays with junior Elyse Peterson switching in for Whitaker in the 200 medley relay.
"These are the quickest times we've had in these two events this year," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "We're off to a great start and looking forward to the prelim session tomorrow."
The competition resumes Thursday with the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay.