Former Cougar Competes at World University Games

Aug. 13, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Cougar swimmer, Erin McCleave, wrapped up competition at the 24th World University Summer Games in Bangkok, Thailand. McCleave competed for her home country of Australia.

McCleave finished 14th overall with a time of 8:54.72 in the 800 meter freestyle. Flavia Rigamonti of Switzerland won the event and set a new Games record with a time of 8:25.59, landing Rigamonti with the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.

In the 200 meter freestyle event, McCleave finished 21st overall with a time of 2:04.15 with Sara Isakovic of Slovakia taking the gold in 1:58.84. McCleave placed 17th overall in the 400 meter freestyle with a time of 4:22.06 and Federica Pellegrini set a new Games record in winning the event with a time of 4:09.88.

McCleave posted her best overall finish of the competition with a ninth-place showing in the 1500 meter freestyle with a time of 16:57.85. Rigamonti set another Games record en route to the gold with a time of 16:05.90.

In relay action, McCleave anchored her Australian 4x100 meter freestyle relay to an 11th overall placing with a time of 3:49.23. McCleave swam a 57.78 split time. The United States won the gold in 3:40.85.

With a day of competition left, Australia has garnered one silver medal and one bronze and is tied for 13th place with Belarus, Brazil and Great Britain.