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Cougar Swimmers Accept Awards at Team Banquet

Seven women receive awards decided by staff members.

April 18, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's swimming team held its end of the season Spring Awards Banquet at the Best Western Hotel on Saturday night. There, seven Cougars received swim awards decided by the Cougar coaching staff along with several support staff members.

Senior captain Tammy Coulter ended her career as a Cougar, by receiving the Scholastic Award for her continuous excellence in the classroom. Coulter, a Poulsbo, Wash. native, carries an overall grade-point average of 3.47 and is a Biology major. She was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team this season.

Junior Katie Keller (Seattle, Wash.) and sophomore Erin Eldridge (Kirkland, Wash.) both took home the Most Outstanding Award for their progressions in the pool this season. Keller broke as many as six school records this season ranging from her specialty in the freestyle to team relay events. Eldridge became the first Cougar in the 21-year existence of the program to gain a berth into the NCAA Championships. Both competed at Senior Nationals earlier this month and posted personal best times.

Newcomer Sarah Ewan was awarded Most Improved for her remarkable transition from the NAIA swimming level to the Division I level. The Colville, Wash. native is a junior transfer from Whitworth College.

Junior Julie Thom (Portland, Ore.) received the Strength & Conditioning Award for her dedicated work ethic in strength training, while sophomore Kelley Miedema (Cape, South Africa) received the Coaches Award for all-around excellence in the pool, academics, as well as her team presence. Junior Aimee Walters (Walla Walla, Wash.) received the Most Inspirational Award.

1997-98 WSU WOMEN'S SWIMMING AWARDS

Award Recipient

Most Inspirational Award Aimee Walters

Most Improved Award Sarah Ewan

Scholastic Award Tammy Coulter

Strength & Conditioning Award Julie Thom

Coaches Award Kelley Miedema

Most Outstanding Award Katie Keller Erin Eldridge

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming