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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Copland, Taylor Record Top-15 Finishes At Pac-10's
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/28/2004
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Feb. 28, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Washington State University Women's Swim Team remained in ninth place after the fourth and final day of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, Saturday at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

No. 4 Stanford led the entire competition, finishing with 1380 points. Second place went to No. 10 UCLA (1329), followed by No. 6 Arizona (1221.5), No. 8 California (1117.5), No. 16 Arizona State (863), No. 7 USC (806.5), Oregon State (405.5), No. 24 Washington (396), and WSU (278). Oregon does not sponsor women's swimming.

Jane Copland, a sophomore from Wellington, New Zealand, recorded the highest finish for Washington State Saturday, placing 14th in the 200 breaststroke. Her time of 2:17.44 is a NCaA consideration time. Freshman Monika Povilonyte (Klaipeda, Lithuania) also had a NCAA consideration time with a 20th place finish in the 200 breaststroke. Povilonyte swam a career best time of 2:18.22 in the event.

Sasha Taylor, a senior from Smiths Falls, Ontario, clocked a season best with a 2:04.53 in the preliminaries in the 200 backstroke. She swam a 2:04.94 in the finals to earn a 15th place finish. Also in the 200 backstroke, freshman Lindsay Backhouse (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) placed 20th with a time of 2:05.26. With her swim, Backhouse moved onto the Cougars' All-Time Top 10 list at number eight.

Freshman Erin McCleave (Rutherglen, Australia) had the only other individual top-24 finish for the Cougs. She moved up to fifth on the Cougars' All-Time Top list with her 24th place time of 51.47.

The Washington State quartet of McCleave, Katie Van Horne, Nicole Chinn, and Backhouse led the Cougars to a seventh place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 3:29.79.

Four records were broken on the day at the Pac-10 Championships. USC's Kalyn Keller set a Pac-10 meet record in the 1650 freestyle (15:48.99). Stanford's Tara Kirk set Pac-10 and Pac-10 meet records in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:07.13. Kirk held both previous records. USC's Kaitlin Sandeno had the final record, a Pac-10 meet record in the 200 butterfly (1:52.63).

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Those who qualify will travel to College Station, Texas for the 2004 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 18-20.

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