Feb. 15, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Senior Erin McCleave led off Washington State's 800 freestyle relay squad with a record setting time of 1:47.67 to boost the Cougars into seventh place on the first day of the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships.
WSU earned 88 points after the first day of competition. California is currently leading with 120 points while Stanford is just behind the Golden Bears with a second place total of 118 points.
The competition began Wednesday with the 200 medley relay. The WSU team comprised of Bryn Mooney, Monika Povilonyte, Michaela Ahlin and Erin McCleave took eighth place with a time of 1:44.06. Later that evening, the 800 freestyle relay team of McCleave, Shawna Keller, Danielle Berish and Ahlin recorded a time of 7:26.41, good enough for eighth place.
Erin McCleave's lead-off split time of 1:47.67 broke her previous school record. In last year's Pac-10 Championships, McCleave swam a 1:47.86 split time as part of the 800 freestyle relay team that set a school record.
In the 200 medley relay, Stanford took first place with a Pac-10 meet record time of 1:37.71. California set a Pac-10 meet record en route to victory in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:05.59.
The four-day competition continues Thursday with preliminaries at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 6:00 p.m. Thursday's events include the 500 freestyle, the 200 IM, the 50 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay.