Oct. 18, 2008
STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior Michaela Ahlin scored 43 of her team-high 78 points Saturday to help lead the Cougars to a victory at the two-day Pacific Invitational. Ahlin's points came from a second-place finish in the 500 free (5:03.38), a fifth-place finish in the 200 fly (2:05.51) and a seventh-place finish in the 100 fly (57.93).
The Cougars combined for a total of 912 points during the event hosted by the University of the Pacific, and defeated second-place Oregon State by 71 points. Five WSU swimmers placed in the top 10 for individual scoring including: Ahlin (second, 78 points), junior Shawna Keller (sixth, 64 points), sophomore Sierra Burton (tied for seventh, 62 points), sophomore Talor Whitaker (tied for seventh, 62 points), and sophomore Rugile Mileisyte (10th, 54 points). Oregon State's Saori Harauguchi led the meet with 96 total points.
Freshman Emma Neely, who was unable to compete in the Crimson and Gray relays, proved to also be a key element for WSU as she completed her first competition as a Cougar Saturday, leading off the first-place 200 free relay team. Burton, Whitaker and Mileisyte served as the remaining three legs and contributed to a final time of 1:36.54. Neely also led off the second-place 800 free relay helping earn another 34 points for the Cougars. Neely also scored with an eighth-place finish in the 100 free (53.47) and an 11th-place finish in the 100 back (1:00.87).
Senior Afton Pickett, Whitaker and Mileisyte all scored more than 30 points apiece Saturday in the Cougars' decisive victory. Pickett had a second-place finish in the 200 back with a time of 2:05.80, a fifth-place finish in the 100 back (59.31), and an 11th-place finish in the 200 individual medley (2:10.69), while Mileisyte pulled in her 34 points on the day with second-place finishes in the 100 back (58.02) and 100 free (51.77). Whitaker claimed a fifth-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 52.83, a sixth-place finish in the 200 IM (2:08.23) and a ninth-place finish in the 100 fly (58.22).
The Cougars return home to host the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite Oct. 24- 25, where they will take on teams from Notre Dame, Fresno State, Ohio and Idaho. Racing will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at Gibb Pool.