Cougars Conclude First Day of Short Course Nationals

Dec. 3, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Washington State University swimming relay teams found success at the first day of the AT&T Short Course National Championships Thursday, Dec. 3.

The 200 freestyle 'A' relay team of Shawna Keller, Rugile Mileisyte, Evelina Bieleckaite and Jennifer Dean finished 8th during the finals session, touching the wall in 1:34.32. The group qualified with 1:34.01, the best mark for WSU this season. The Cougars' 'B' squad of Melissa Bogert, Jenna Bekker, Talor Whitaker and Emma Neely entered the event as the 19th seed, but finished 16th during the preliminary session, earning a chance to compete Thursday night. The team finished 13th in the finals with a time of 1:35.39.

The 400 medley relay team finished just outside the top ten, taking 11th in 3:44.60. The team consisted of Mileisyte, Jessie Craig, Michaela Ahlin and Whitaker.

Mileisyte also took part in the 50 freestyle, finishing 27th with a time of 23.51. The junior's effort was the best finish of any Cougar athlete who participated in an individual event during the first day.

Ahlin was the lone WSU representative in the 500 freestyle where the Tyreso, Sweden native finished in 37th place at 4:54.70.

The second day of competition will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m., with finals to follow at 5 p.m. Complete results can be found at www.usaswimming.org.

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