Feb. 18, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Washington State senior Erin McCleave set a school record in the 1650 freestyle Saturday in the final day of competition at the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships. WSU finished ninth with 378 total points. The Arizona Wildcats claimed their second straight Pac-10 championship while Stanford came in second place.
Erin McCleave placed third overall in the first event of the day, the 1650 freestyle. Her time of 16:15.16 was an NCAA Qualifying time, her second of the competition, and broke her own school record dating back to 2005. The time was also a career best for McCleave.
Lina Daugvilaite and Laurie Gregg also scored for WSU in the 1650 freestyle. Daugvilaite placed 22nd in the event with a season-best time of 17:14.48 while Gregg finished in 24th. Her time of 17:25.20 was also a season-best for the senior.
In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Elyse Peterson earned her second NCAA "B" Consideration time. She placed 13th in the event with a final time of 2:17.00, a career best. It was the second "B" Consideration time of the competition for Peterson.
Freshman Michaela Ahlin earned an NCAA "B" Consideration Standard time in the 200 butterfly. She finished 14th overall with a career best time of 2:02.21.
As a team, WSU finished seventh in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:26.28.
The Cougars broke a seven-year old school record Friday in the 400 medley relay. The combination of Afton Pickett, Elyse Peterson, Michaela Ahlin and Erin McCleave recorded a time of 3:45.36 to take seventh place and set the WSU record. The previous record dated back to 2000.
Washington State will now prepare for the NCAA Championships. The competition begins March 8 in Minneapolis, Minn. and concludes March 10.