Jan. 14, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - The Washington State University women's swim team finished the first day of the USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix, Friday. The Cougar swimmers faced their stiffest competition of the year, as the meet contained a mix of collegiate, professional and Olympic-level swimmers.
The WSU 400 freestyle relay team of Rugile Mileisyte, Talor Whitaker, Evelina Bieleckaite and Jennifer Dean took third place in the final event of the day. The foursome touched the wall in 3:54.86, less than a second behind the second-place finishers.
Whitaker was one of three Cougars to compete in the finals session as an individual during the opening day. The senior from Chesterton, Ind., was seeded 29th in the 100 butterfly but finished 13th during the preliminary session, qualifying for the "B" final. During the evening swim, Whitaker was more than a second faster than her preliminary time, winning the heat in 1:02.59 and taking ninth place overall.
Jessie Craig and Taylor Indahl were the other two student-athletes to take part in the finals session, Friday evening. The pair qualified for the "D" final of the 100 breaststroke, where they finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Competition will resume tomorrow with the prelims beginning 9:30 a.m., followed by the finals at 5:30 p.m. local time. For more information on the meet, including full results, click HERE.