Nov. 2, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - With eight events and the first day of competition at the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite complete, the Washington State swim team sits in second with 98 points. The Cougars are nipping on the heels of University of the Pacific which holds a one-point advantage with 99 points. Ohio State is a close third with 94.5 points and Idaho trails with 58.5 points.
"The score was back-and-forth with a lot of close races," said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. "I think we did a great job of getting in there and going after it. It's exciting for all the teams."
Two Gibb Pool records were set during Friday night's competition. In the 400 yard IM, Ja-Neil Bragg of Pacific broke the previous record of 4:28.74 set in 2005 by WSU's Kayli Changstrom with a first-place finish in 4:26.67.
In the 800 yard freestyle relay, Ohio State shattered the previous record of 7:42.86 set by WSU in 2004 by seven seconds, winning the event in 7:35.03.
Rugile Mileisyte was the top Cougar point-earner for Friday's slate of events. Mileisyte was narrowly out-touched on the 100 yard backstroke, finishing second in 57.66. She also just missed first in the 50 yard freestyle with a runner-up showing in 24.01.
WSU finished second in the `A' finals in both the 400 yard medley relay (3:48.92) and the 800 yard freestyle relay (7:36.30).
Debbie Pipher coached Cougar swimming from 1977-1997 and compiled an 85-62-1 record. Competition at the invite will continue Saturday at noon.