Cougar Swimming Opens Home Season Against Gamecocks

Oct. 18, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash.-- The Washington State University women's swim team hosts South Carolina Saturday, October 21, beginning 11 a.m. at Gibb Pool in Pullman.

This is the first meeting between the two teams in the WSU swimming program's 24-year history.

Competition will be good, as the two teams match up very closely. 'It will be a see-saw battle,' head coach Rocco Acteo said. 'We have the advantage in some events, and they have it in others.'

The meet consists of 11 events beginning with the 400 medley relay followed in order by the 1,000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 500 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and the 400 freestyle relay.

The Cougars head back indoors this weekend after an outdoor contest at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., last weekend. Aceto said it was tough for many of his swimmers, especially backstrokers who are used to following the ceiling instead of looking at the sky.

Freshman swimmers marked nine additions to the Cougar's all-time top 10 times list at the Pacific Invitational last week. Taryn Ternent swam the seventh fastest 50 freestyle at 24.34 seconds, the fourth best 100 freestyle at 52.63 seconds and the 10th fastest 100 backstroke at 59.17 seconds. Rachel Dong recorded the fourth fastest 100 butterfly time at 57.99 seconds, the sixth fastest 200 breaststroke at 2:24.49 and the ninth fastest 200 IM at 2:10.17. Andree-Anne LeRoy swam the sixth fastest time in the 200 backstroke at 2:07.38 and the eighth fastest 200 IM at 2:09.87. Semah Zavareh marked the eighth fastest 1,650 freestyle time in WSU history at 17:43.29.

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