Feb. 28, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Freshman Rugile Mileisyte led the Cougars Thursday with a finals appearance in the second day of the Pacific-10 Championships.
Mileisyte tied for seventh in the B Consolation final of the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.39. Her time of 23.32 in the preliminaries of the event put her in second on the Cougars all-time top-10 list.
Mileisyte also led off the seventh place 200 freestyle relay that finished in 1:33.65 and reached a NCAA B Consideration standard. Fellow freshman Talor Whitaker and Sierra Burton as well as junior Elyse Peterson rounded out the relay squad.
Whitaker just missed qualifying for the finals in the 200 IM, finishing 28th in a time of 2:03.80. The time made the NCAA B Consideration cut. Senior Lina Daugvilaite also finished just short of the finals in the 500 freestyle, placing 26th in a time of 4:57.97.
Sophomore Michaela Ahlin competed in a time trial for the 200 butterfly and swam a lifetime best 1:59.2 to break the school record she set earlier this season. Her time was just off the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 1:58.99.
"Overall, the team posted 11 lifetime bests and seven season-best times today," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "The team is stepping up and swimming as fast as we ever have, and I think there is a lot of potential for the last two days of this meet."
The Cougars now have 127.5 points and will resume competition Friday.