Nov. 3, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The team race was determined by the final relay on Saturday's docket at the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite. The top three finishers in the 400 yard freestyle relay touched within one second of each other with Ohio State winning the relay in 3:29.20 and the team victory with a two-day total of 212.5 points.
University of the Pacific placed second with 206 points. The Cougar quartet of Shawna Keller, Michaela Ahlin, Talor Whitaker and Sierra Burton placed second in the 400 yard relay in 3:30.04, but it wasn't quite enough as WSU was a close third in the team title hunt with 204 points. Idaho placed fourth with 124.5 points.
"We have talked all year about putting ourselves in pressure situations to help prepare for the Pacific-10s and the NCAAs," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "This weekend was a perfect pressure-cooker situation. When you have three teams that can win the meet by winning the last event, that is an awesome situation and everybody responded."
In `A' final action for the Cougars, Elyse Peterson won the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:21.75. In a flurry of second-place finishes were Lina Daugvilaite in the 1650 freestyle (17:16.77), Afton Pickett in the 200 yard backstroke (2:05.27) and Burton in the 100 yard freestyle (52.49).
Additionally, the WSU 200 yard medley relay placed second in the `A' final in 1:46.20.
Ja-Neil Bragg of Pacific broke another Gibb Pool record and garnered a NCAA "B" consideration time in the 200 yard IM with a 2:03.94 victory. The time broke the previous school record of 2:05.91 set in 1998 by Florida State. During Friday night's competition Bragg set the Gibb Pool record in the 400 yard IM.
The Cougars will take a week off from competition and will dual at Northern Arizona and Arizona State Nov. 16-17.