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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/11/2005
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April 11, 2005

THE SEASON: The Washington State University women's swim team under head coach Erica Quam continued to improve throughout the 2004-05 season...the Cougars placed ninth at the Pacific-10 Championships, improving their score by 56 points over 2004...WSU finished the season with its first winning season in three years (4-3)...the Cougars were victorious against Arkansas and San Jose State at Gibb Pool and claimed two wins over Idaho, one on the road and one at a neutral pool ...at invitational meets the Cougars finished second at Pacific, third at Princeton an fifth at UC Irvine.

TALENT AND DEPTH: WSU entered 37 swims on the Cougar All-Time Top 10 List this season...18 of those top 10 finishes came at the Pac-10 Championships...four swimmers (Kayli Changstrom, Jane Copland, Erin McCleave and Bryn Mooney) rank in second place in different events on the all-time top 10 list... four Cougars (Changstrom, Copland, McCleave, and Monika Povilonyte) earned NCAA Consideration Standards in six different events. . . eight Cougar swimmers won a total of 40 individual races this season...11 individuals scored at the Pac-10 Championships...WSU achieved two individual and three relay U.S. Senior National qualifying times in addition to their 17 individual and three relay U.S. Open cuts...swimmers achieved 54 lifetime best and 20 season best times (out of 100 races) at the Pac-10 Championships...19 of 22 swimmers return for the Cougars next season.

ACADEMICS: WSU finished third in the nation during the 2004 fall semester with a 3.54 grade point average and once again achieved the top GPA in the Pac-10 Conference...led the nation academically in the 2004 spring semester with a 3.66 GPA...WSU has finished with one of the top four GPAs in the country under Quam's tenure.

THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE: Stanford University won it 24th Pac-10 Swimming Championship...six of the nine Pac-10 teams placed in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships: Arizona (3rd), Stanford (5th), California (8th), Southern California (10th), Arizona State (12th), and Los Angeles (T-18th)...five Pac-10 swimmers placed among the top 10 in individual points...Stanford freshman, Caroline Bruce was second with 56.

THE COACH: Erica Quam concludes her third season as the head coach of WSU women's swim team...she compiled a 4-3 record in dual meets this season...team scored 334 points at the Pac-10 Championships compared to 278 points a year ago...WSU earned 35 more points than in 2003 when WSU had an NCAA All-American.

THE SWIMMERS:

Lindsay Backhouse (Soph., Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) holds 8th place positions on the All-Time Top 10 list in the 100 Butterfly and the 200 Backstroke...swam season best times in the 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, and 100 Backstroke at the Princeton Invitational...swam a lifetime best time in the 200 Butterfly during the dual meet at Reno. . . was a member of the "B" 200 Medley, 400 Medley, and 400 Freestyle relays at the Pac-10 Championships...USAA All-American Top 50 Scholar Athlete...WSU All-Academic team...named to the 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.

Larissa Barth (Fr., Yakima, Washington.) recorded lifetime best times in the 50 and100 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly at the Pac-10 Championships...swam a lifetime best in the 100 Breaststroke at the Princeton Invitational...swam on the "B" 200 Freestyle and 200 Medley relays at the Pac-10 Championships...Freshman All-Academic team...voted as a 2005-2006 Team Captain.

Danielle Berish (Fr., Atlanta, Georgia) scored at the Pac-10 Championships as a member of the Cougar "A" 200 and 400 Freestyle relays and was also a member of the "B" 800 Freestyle relay...swam a lifetime best in the 50 Freestyle and season bests in the 100 and 200 Freestyles at the Pac-10 Championships...captured first place in the 200 Freestyle against Idaho in February...Freshman All-Academic team...member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Emily Chandler (Soph., Anchorage, Alaska) swam a lifetime best in the 500 Freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships and swam on the "B" 800 Freestyle relay...recorded lifetime bests in the 400 Individual Medley and 1650 Freestyle at the Princeton Invitational, in the 200 Freestyle against Idaho, and in the 1000 Freestyle against Washington...WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic Team Honorable Mention.

Kayli Changstrom (Soph., Loveland, Colorado) achieved an NCAA Consideration and lifetime best time while placing 17th in the 400 Individual Medley at the Pac-10 Championships...also placed 15th with a lifetime best in the 1650 Freestyle and scored as a member of the "A" 400 and 800 Freestyle relays. . .won six individual events on the year...swam lifetime bests in the 500 Freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships, 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke at the Princeton Invitational, 200 Butterfly against San Jose State, and the 200 Breaststroke at the Irvine Invitational...sits on the All-Time Top 10 List in six events...USAA All-America Top 50 Scholar Athlete...WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team... member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...voted as a 2005-2006 Team Captain.

Jane Copland (Jr., Wellington, New Zealand) swam a season best NCAA Consideration time in the 200 Breaststroke at the Princeton Invitational...placed 15th in the 200 Breaststroke, 17th in the 100 Breaststroke (lifetime best) and 23th in the 200 Individual Medley (lifetime best) at the Pac-10 Championships...also swam on the "B" 800 Freestyle (lifetime best lead-off split), 200 and 400 Medley relays at the Pac-10 meet...won four individual races for the Cougars this season...ranks on the All-Time Top 10 list in five events...WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic team Honorable Mention.

Lina Daugvilaite (Fr., Kaunas, Lithuania) joined the team in January...scored at the Pac-10 Championships in the "A" 800 Freestyle relay and by placing 19th in the 1650 Freestyle...earned three All-Time Top 10 and lifetime best marks at the Pac-10 Championships in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle...also swam on the "B" 400 Freestyle relay team at the Pac-10 meet.

Karen Eldred (Jr., Port Angeles, Washington) swam season best times in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley at the Pac-10 Championships, in the 400 Individual Medley at the Moscow Invitational, and the 200 Breaststroke at Oregon State. . . served as the junior representative on the 2004-2005 team council...USAA All-American Top 50 Scholar Athlete...earned 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors.

Laurie Gregg (Soph., Los Altos, California) won two individual races this season...had the fastest time for WSU in the 200 Backstroke this season...swam lifetime bests in the 500 Freestyle, 400 Individual Medley, and 200 Backstroke at the Princeton Invitational, in the 1000 Freestyle against Reno, and in the 200 IM against Oregon State. . .ranks on the All-Time Top 10 list in three events...USAA All-America Top 50 Scholar Athlete...WSU All-Academic team...earned Honorable Mention on the 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic team.

Lisa Irwin (Sr., Vacaville, California) swam a lifetime best in the 100 Backstroke leading off the "B" 400 Medley relay at the Pac-10 Championships. . .swam season bests in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle at the Pac-10 meet and in the 200 Freestyle at the Princeton Invitational...served as the senior representative on the 2004-2005 team council...USAA All-American Top 50 Scholar Athlete...WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.

Andrea Lubeck (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) established lifetime best times in the 200 and 500 Freestyles at the Pac-10 Championships...also swam lifetime best times in the 50 and 100 Freestyles, and the 100 and 200 Backstrokes at the Moscow Invitational in December...was a USAA All-America Top 50 Scholar Athlete...member of the WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.

Erin McCleave (Soph., Rutherglen, Australia) earned NCAA Consideration Standards while placing 11th in the 100 Freestyle (lifetime best) and 13th in the 200 Freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships...also scored as a member of the "A" 200 and 400 Medley relays and 400 and 800 Freestyle relays at the Pac-10 meet...won 13 individual races to lead WSU...swam lifetime bests in the 50 and 500 Freestyles at the Princeton Invitational, 200 Backstroke against Oregon State, 1000 Freestyle against Idaho, and the 100 Backstroke at the Pac-10 meet...holds six All-Time Top 10 places, including the school record in the 200 Freestyle...USAA All-America Top 50 Scholar Athlete...WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team.

Sheena Mills (Sr., Calgary, Alberta, Canada) established lifetime best times in the 50 and 100 Freestyles and the 100 butterfly at the Pac-10 Championships...swam on the "B" 200 and 400 Freestyle relays at the Pac-10 meet...also swam to a season best time in the 200 butterfly at the Pac-10 Championships...WSU All-Academic team...Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.

Bryn Mooney (Fr., Pullman, Washington) placed 21st in the 100 Butterfly and scored as a member of the "A" 200 and 400 medley relays at the Pac-10 Championships...ranked second on the team with seven individual victories including a victory against Washington at Gibb Pool in the 100 Butterfly...swam lifetime best times in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, and 200 Butterfly at the Princeton Invitational...currently ranks 4th in the 100 and 2nd in the 200 Butterfly on the All-Time Top 10 list. . .Freshman All-Academic team.

Elizabeth Newhouse (Soph., Pendleton, Oregon) swam a lifetime best time in the 50 Freestyle and was a member of the "B" 200 Freestyle and Medley relays at the Pac-10 Championships...swam lifetime best times in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle at the Princeton Invitational...USAA All-American Top 50 Scholar Athlete...WSU All-Academic team...earned Honorable Mention honors on the 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic team.

Kelly O'Neill (Fr., Vancouver, Washington) recorded a lifetime best in the 200 Freestyle and a season best in the 100 Backstroke at the Pac-10 Championships...swam season bests in the 50 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke at the Princeton Invitational where she also represented the Cougars on several relays.

Monika Povilonyte (Soph., Klaipeda, Lithuania) earned her NCAA Consideration Standards and lifetime bests in both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes at the Pac-10 Championships, placing 13th and 17th respectively...also scored at the Pac-10 meet as a member of the "A" 200 and 400 Medley and 200 Freestyle relays...qualified for U.S. Nationals in the 200 Breaststroke...won four individual races this season...ranks third on the Cougar All-Time Top 10 list in both Breaststrokes...finished the season ranked 46th in the country in the 200 Breaststroke...WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic team Honorable Mention.

Sarah Reichwald (Fr., Atlanta, Georgia) scored at the Pac-10 Championships by placing 24th in the 1650 Freestyle...recorded a season best in the 200 Freestyle at the Pac-10 meet, as well as season best times in the 500 and 1650 Freestyle at the Princeton Invitational, in the 400 Individual Medley against Oregon State, and in the 1000 Freestyle against Idaho...freshman representative for the 2004-2005 team council...Freshman All-Academic team.

McKenzie Reiter (Fr., Billings, Montana) placed 18th and recorded lifetime bests at the Pac-10 Championships in both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes...also scored as a member of the "A" 200 Freestyle relay at the Pac-10 meet...won three individual races in dual meets this season, including the 1000 freestyle against Washington and San Jose State at Gibb Pool...swam a lifetime best in the 200 IM at the Pac-10 Championships and in the 400 IM at the Princeton Invitational...holds a position on the All-Time Top 10 list in four events.

Candace Rodda (Soph., Bainbridge Island, Washington) swam a lifetime best in the 100 Freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships...swam season bests in the 50 Freestyle against Washington, the 200 Breaststroke at the Pacific Invitational, and the 100 Breaststroke at the Pac-10 meet...scored points at the Moscow Invitational in December...WSU All-Academic team.

Katie Van Horne (Soph., Healdsburg, California) scored at the Pac-10 Championships as a member of the "A" 200 Freestyle and Medley and 400 Freestyle and Medley relays...swam season best times at the Pac-10 meet in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly and at the Princeton Invitational in the 100 Freestyle...ranks 10th on the All-Time Top 10 list in the 50 Freestyle ...sophomore representative for the 2004-2005 team council...Team CARE member...USAA All-American Top 50 Scholar Athlete...WSU All-Academic team...2005 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team.

Maegan Wood (Fr., Bend, Oregon) scored at the Pac-10 Championship as a member of the "A" 800 Freestyle relay team...swam lifetime bests in the 400 Individual Medley and 100 Freestyle and a season best in the 200 Breaststroke at the Pac-10 Championships...also swam a lifetime best in the 500 Freestyle against Oregon State...swam season bests in the 200 Individual Medley at the Princeton Invitational and the 100 Breaststroke against Idaho...ranks seventh on the All-Time Top 10 list in the 400 Individual Medley. . .Freshman All-Academic team.

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