April 10, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior Erin McCleave was voted Most Outstanding Swimmer at the WSU swim team's annual postseason banquet Friday, April 6.
McCleave's career at WSU is one of the most prolific in school history. She currently holds five individual WSU records and two school records as part of the 800 freestyle relay team and the 400 medley relay team. In addition, she earned two All-American honors at the 2007 NCAA Swimming Championships, becoming only the third swimmer in school history to earn the award and the second to receive the honor multiple times. Most recently, McCleave joined six other WSU swimmers at the U.S. Spring National Championships where her time of 16:41.42 in the 1500m freestyle currently ranks her 22nd in the world.
Kayli Changstrom received the Strength and Conditioning award, an honor given by strength coach Cori Metzgar. The senior set a WSU record at the 2007 Pacific-10 Championships in the 400 individual medley. She placed 14th overall with a final time of 4:21.31, an NCAA "B" Consideration time and career best for Changstrom.
Lindsey Backhouse was awarded the Academic Award for her 3.89 grade point average in Food Sciences. The senior was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team for the third consecutive year and earned the team's academic award as a freshman after earning a 4.0 GPA in her first year at WSU.
Freshman Keara Sheahan was voted Most Improved by her teammates while sophomore Maya Dill received the Cougar Award, presented to a team member who best exemplifies what it means to be a Cougar student-athlete.