Three WSU Swimmers Earn NCAA Considerations

Feb. 25, 2005

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Three members of the Washington State University women's swim team swam NCAA 'B' standard times at the Pacific-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Monika Povilonyte, Erin McCleave and Kayli Changstrom each will be considered for the NCAA Championships that will held at Purdue University in West Layfette, Indiana.

Povilonyte swam a 1:03.71 in the 100 breaststroke to earn the NCAA 'B' cut standard. Her time also solidified her third place ranking on the Cougar all-time top 10 list.

In the 400 individual medley, Changstrom's lifetime best time of 4:22.08 moved her into second on the all-time top 10 list and earned an NCAA 'B' cut standard.

McCleave swam a 1:49.43 in the 200 freestyle to achieve the NCAA 'B' cut standard. Her time was two-hundredths of a second short of tying her own school record. McCleave also solidified seventh place on the Cougar all-time top 10 list in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.33.

Five WSU swimmers also qualified for the U.S. Open; Povilonyte, Changstrom and McCleave in their events listed above, as well as Jane Copland and McKenzie Reiter in the 100 breaststroke.

Reiter swam a time of 1:04.41 to improve her fifth place ranking on the all-time top 10 list.

Copland's time of 1:04.15 in the event solidified her fourth place ranking on the all-time top 10 list.

Copland and Reiter finished one-two in their heat of the 100 breaststroke.

Lisa Irwin moved onto the season's top five list with strong performances in the 100 backstroke (59.89) and 100 butterfly (59.76). The WSU senior earned her best time of 59.89 in the 100 backstroke while competing as a member of the 400 medley relay team. This was Irwin's first Pac-10 relay event.

Maegan Wood moved into sole posess of seventh place on the all-time top 10 list in the 400 individual medley.

Larissa Barth established lifetime best times in the 50 freestyle (24.40) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.69).

In the 100 butterfly Sheena Mills swam a lifetime best 58.46.

Three WSU swimmers achieved their season best time in the 200 freestyle. Sarah Reichwald with a time of 2:01.94, Kelly O'Neill with a time of 2:02.03 and Danielle Bersih with a time of 1:54.84.

Also in the 200 freestyle, Andrea Lubeck set a lifetime best time of 2:04.42.

The relay team of McCleave, Povilonyte, Katie Van Horne and Bryn Mooney established the season's best time in the 400 medley relay by swimming a 3:50.95.

The Pac-10 Championships will continue Feb. 26 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.