Feb. 22, 2001
FEDERAL WAY, Wash.-- The Washington State University women's swim team grabbed a hold of seventh place after six events in day one of the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships Thursday. The Cougar swimmimg program's previous best finish at Pac-10's is eighth, which has been accomplished nine times since 1987 and most recently last year.
After day one, USC leads the meet with a score of 360.5, followed by defending champion Arizona 342, UCLA 324, California 294, Stanford 282.5, Arizona State 170, WSU 131, Washington 115, and Oregon State 102.
Continuing her impressive season for WSU, freshman Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa) smashed the school record for the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.26 seconds in her preliminary heat, which is also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Ternent later placed eighth in the finals of the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.51.
Andree-Anne LeRoy, a Cougar freshman from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, also broke her own school record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.53. This performance gave LeRoy 12th place in the finals and is also a NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Other finals qualifiers for WSU included Becca Cohen (Portland, Ore.), who placed 23rd in the 500 freestyle with best time of 4:59.78 in the prelims, and Lindsay Henahan (Rochester, N.Y.), who grabbed 24th in the 50 freestyle in 23.99 seconds.
Swimming in a time trial race, sophomore Melissa Hubley (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada) broke her own school record in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.53, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Also in a time trial, freshman Rachel Dong swam a time of 23.51 in the 50 freestyle, which broke the school record that was later broken by Ternent.
A pair of relay teams also performed well for WSU today. The Cougars' 200 freestyle relay team of Ternent, Dong, Henahan, and Rachelle Carano (Reno, Nev.) team grabbed fifth place overall, and broke the school record with a time of 1:33.95. Also, the Cougar 400 medley relay team placed seventh in 3:49.54.
The Pac-10 Championships will continue tomorrow and conclude Saturday with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.