March 1, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Washington State swim team wrapped up Pacific-10 Championship competition Saturday, finishing the meet with 337.5 points. Arizona won the team championship with 1501 points and Stanford was runner-up with 1472 points.
"Our team showed a lot of character and swam with a lot of pride. It was the most camaraderie I've experienced as a coach," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "The support the team showed for each other helped create a great atmosphere for a successful championship meet."
The 400 freestyle relay led the way for the Cougars with a seventh place finish and a NCAA B Consideration cut with a time of 3:23.54. Freshmen Sierra Burton, Talor Whitaker and Rugile Mileisyte and sophomore Michaela Ahlin narrowly missed the school record.
Three swimmers made NCAA B Consideration cuts in the 100 freestyle. Mileisyte placed seventh in the B Consolation final in a time of 50.90 after touching in 50.74 in the preliminary session. Whitaker made her NCAA B cut with a time of 50.83 in the morning preliminaries and Burton made her NCAA B cut leading off the 400 free relay with a 50.85 split.
Ahlin placed first in the A Consolation final of the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:59.60, coming up just short of the NCAA Automatic cut. Junior Afton Pickett placed sixth in the A Consolation final of the 200 backstroke (2:00.61), and junior Elyse Peterson placed seventh in the A Consolation final of the 200 breaststroke (2:17.87). Her 2:17.45 time in the preliminaries was a NCAA B Consideration cut.
Throughout the four days of the championships, the Cougars achieved NCAA B Consideration times in all five of the relays. All the members of the relays will return to the squad next season.
The Cougars will be competing at the Pacific-10 Invitational Sunday.