Feb. 29, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Washington State swimming team broke four school records Friday during the third day of competition at the Pacific-10 Championships.
The 400 medley relay shattered the school record, the quartet of juniors Afton Pickett and Elyse Peterson, sophomore Michaela Ahlin and freshman Sierra Burton swimming the event in 3:43.19 to break the old record of 3:45.36 set last season. The time earned the Cougars a NCAA B Consideration cut and puts them in the upper echelon of the 400 medley relay squads in the nation.
Peterson also broke an individual record, placing second in the A Consolation final of the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.16 and earning a NCAA B Consideration cut. The previous record (1:02.19) was set in 1999 by Erin Eldridge.
Pickett set the school record in the 100 backstroke in the morning preliminary session with a time of 55.49 to break the 2001 record of 56.34 set by Andree-Anne LeRoy. Freshman Rugile Mileisyte reset the record in the evening finals of the 100 back with a time of 55.32. Both of the record-breaking times earned Mileisyte and Pickett NCAA B Consideration cuts.
A number of other Cougars qualified for the finals. Ahlin placed seventh in the A Consolation final of the 400 IM (4:22.17) after coming close to breaking the school record with a 4:21.66 time in the preliminaries. The time was also a NCAA B Consideration cut.
Burton placed seventh in the B Consolation final of the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:50.76 after earning a NCAA B Consideration cut with a 1:49.94 time in the preliminaries.
Kenzie Reiter placed fifth in the B Consolation final of both the 400 IM (4:22.09) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.99). Reiter's time in the 400 IM made the NCAA B Consideration cut. Sophomore Shawna Keller placed third in the B Consolation final of the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.12.
As a team, the Cougars posted 11 lifetime during the preliminary session and six during the finals session.
"We had some great swims today," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "Our 400 medley relay should be one of the highest ranked we've had in six years."
The Cougars will wrap up the conference championships Saturday.