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Eldridge Makes Cougar History with NCAA Berth

Cougar qualifies in 100 and 200 Breaststroke Events.

March 5, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. - While the country waits to see which teams will make the NCAA tournament field for basketball, the Cougars no longer need to wait around to see if sophomore Erin Eldridge will advance to her own post-season berth.

On Thursday, Eldridge became WSU's first ever qualifier for the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming Championships to be held in Minneapolis, Minn. on Mar. 19-21. This comes after 21 years of women's swimming at WSU.

The Kirkland, Wash. native, qualified "on the bubble" in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events. At the Pac-10 Championships last weekend, Eldridge's preliminary time of one minute, 3:28 seconds earned her an NCAA optional time in the 100 breaststroke. In the 200 breaststroke event, she finished fourth in a time of 2:17.28 in the finals, also an NCAA optional time. She is ranked 25th in the nation in both events.

"This is a historic year for everybody - like entering a bowl game. We did it in six months and it is only going to get better for the team and recruiting purposes," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "It is great to have Erin take the next step to national swimming."

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming