Cougars Remain in Ninth Place at Texas Invitational

Dec. 1, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas - The Washington State Cougars remain in ninth place at the end of the second day of competition at the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas. The University of Arizona, ranked second nationally, holds the first place position as No. 1 Stanford and host Texas round out the top three spots.

In Friday's preliminaries, senior Kayli Changstrom made a strong start for the Cougars with a 27th place finish in the 400 IM. Her time of 4:30.06 was a season best. In the 200 freestyle, senior All-American Erin McCleave finished eighth with a time of 1:49.26, an NCAA 'B' Consideration Standard time, to advance to the finals. Elyse Peterson placed 14th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.28, a season best and personal best time for the sophomore, and advanced to the event finals.

Afton Pickett finished the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.58. Monika Povilonyte's time of 1:05.87 in the 100 breaststroke was good enough for 27th place while.

McCleave swam to a sixth place finish in the 'A' finals of the 200 freestyle with an NCAA 'B' Consideration Standard time of 1:48.52. It was McCleave's second top-ten finish of the competition. Peterson's time of 1:03.40 in the 100 breaststroke 'B' finals was good enough for 11th place overall and was an NCAA 'B' Consideration Standard time, Peterson's first of the season. In the 400 IM finals, Changstrom bested her time in the preliminaries with a 4:27.44 finish.

As a team, the Cougar 200 medley relay squad of Bryn Mooney, Peterson, Michaela Ahlin and McCleave finished 11th overall with a time of 1:44.06. In the 800 freestyle relay, the 'A' relay team of Ahlin, McCleave, Shawna Keller and Changstrom finished in 10th overall with a time of 7:27.94, a season best.

The Texas Invitational concludes Saturday with events including the 200 backstroke, the 200 breaststroke and the 1650 freestyle.

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