March 3, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - The WSU women's swim team had its best meet in the history of Cougar swimming at the Pac-10 Championships held on Feb. 26-28 in Long Beach, Calif. The Cougars eclipsed a phenomenal 12 school records at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
WSU coach Rocco Aceto believes the Cougars came into the conference meet like "an El Nino storm" matching up against caliber teams like Stanford and defending national champions Southern Cal. Every Cougar swimmer broke their own personal best times in events. The Cougars' continuous success in heats made the WSU program very visible over the course of the three-day meet, Aceto said.
As a team, the Cougars placed eighth with 293 points. WSU paced ninth place Oregon State by 78 points, while just being 38 points shy of rival Washington, which finished in seventh.
The Cougars await a Thursday announcement of the selections for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. on Mar. 19-21. Junior Katie Keller (Seattle, Wash.) and sophomore Erin Eldridge (Kirkland, Wash.) swam NCAA optional times at the Pac-10's. Keller captured an NCAA optional time in the 100-yard freestyle and Eldridge in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Both swimmers could be the Cougars' first ever NCAA qualifier.