Nov. 22, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior Shawna Keller scored 22 points toward Washington State's 153 team points Saturday to lead the Cougars to a decisive win over Seattle (50). The victory gives WSU its first 4-0 start since the 2006-07 season and makes Cougar Head Coach Erica Quam the first coach in program history to have three 4-0 starts throughout her career.
"I'm really proud of our swimmers," Quam said. "I think we had a tough week and we had about five swimmers today who could not compete so our lineup kept changing and getting thinner. Going into Thanksgiving break we're a little beat up which is kind of expected for where we are in our training cycle. The thing I'm proud of is that we didn't let that affect us today. We had good focus on specific things in their races and were able to execute them very well."
Keller's 22 points came from first-place finishes in the 200 free (1:57.13) and 200 breast (2:23.47) as well as a second-place finish in the 200 back (2:11.34).
WSU was also led by freshmen Emma Neely and Rachael Krager who both scored 13 points apiece. Neely's second-place finish in the 50 free gave her four individual points as well as a personal best time (24.67). Krager's performance was highlighted by a first-place finish 200 butterfly (2:11.38) and a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:13.72).
"We have an all-time top five times list and we made a lot of changes to it today which is a great thing at this point in the season," Quam said.
Several Cougars swam lifetime bests today including freshman Kelsey Lynch with her 1000 freestyle performance. Lynch finished second in the event with a time of 10:53.86. Her previous best time, set at Nevada, was 11:07.55. Teammate senior Kristin Marceau won the event with a time of 10:45.67.
"Our distance swimmers really stepped up and had some tough doubles today and all of them did an excellent job at handling that," Quam said.
For the second meet in a row Washington State has swept its opponent taking first-place in all events of the day highlighted by a one-two finish for both the 200 medley (1:46.72, 1:50.86 respectively) and freestyle (1:36.71, 1:37.13 respectively) relay teams.
The Cougars will take a week off from competition to rest up and prepare for the three-day Texas Invitational hosted by the Longhorns. The event will run Dec. 4-6 and will feature No. 17 Texas and No. 20 Wisconsin as well as ranked Pacific-10 Conference foes No. 4 Arizona, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 15 UCLA.