March 1, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash.-- Washington State University swimmer Melissa Hubley will compete at the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming Championships in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly events. The meet takes place March 15-17, in Long Island, N.Y.
"I feel ecstatic about us being able to continue representation for Washington State at the NCAA's," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "When you look at the entries, and they take only 24 athletes per event, and those athletes without a question are some of the best in the world, you end up having the fastest meet in the world. So to be invited to this meet has to be an incredible feeling."
Last weekend, Hubley placed fifth in the 200 butterfly at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, breaking her own school record in the event with a time of 2:00.36. This strong performance by the sophomore from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, helped lead the Cougars to seventh place, their best ever finish at Pac-10's. Hubley qualified for the 200 butterfly with the 23rd fastest time in the nation. And because she is a qualifier in the 200 butterfly, Hubley will also be able to swim the 100 butterfly, where she has achieved a provisional qualifying time of 55.75 seconds.
"Right now, I feel very excited and very relieved," said Hubley, who missed the NCAA Championships by four spots last season. "It's been sort of stressful, because I was in a similar situation with qualifying last year. This year I worked more on my turns trying to get faster. I feel like I worked hard on those things, which worked to my advantage. So I feel good about this season."
This marks the fourth consecutive year the Cougars have sent athletes to the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships. Each of the last three seasons, Cougar standout Erin Eldridge went to the NCAA championships in the breaststroke, three times garnering All-American honors.