WSU Swimming Brings Home Win

Oct. 27, 2007

San Jose, Calif. - After a month break from competition, the Washington State women's swim team won 11 of 16 events en route to a 170.5-81.5 win over San Jose State.

'This was a great showing by our team. I'm excited about the way we stepped up and raced,' said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam.

Junior Elyse Peterson and sophomore Michaela Ahlin headed the Cougar charge with two individual wins and a relay victory apiece. Peterson won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.07) and the 200 breaststroke (2:20.63). Ahlin touched first in the 100 butterfly (57.71) and the 200 butterfly (2:03.91).

Both were members of the victorious 200 medley relay, along with freshmen Rugile Mileisyte and Talor Whitaker, in a time of 1:46.74. Mileisyte also swam to first place in the 100 backstroke (57.54).

Another two-win swimmer for the Cougars was senior Lina Daugvilaite in the 500 freestyle (5:08.44) and the 1,000 freestyle (10:26.75). Freshman Sierra Burton clocked in first in the 200 freestyle (1:51.97) and junior Afton Pickett claimed first in the 200 backstroke (2:03.58). Rounding out the WSU first-place showings was sophomore Shawna Keller in the 200 IM (2:07.97).

'We had solid splits in the 200 medley relay win, and a lot of our swimmers started off the season with some outstanding times,' said Quam.

The win bumps WSU's dual meet record to 2-0. The Cougars return to Gibb Pool Nov. 2-3 to host the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invite. Ohio State, University of the Pacific and Idaho will be competing at the invite.

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