WSU Swimming Readies For Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 19, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash.-- The Washington State University women's swim team is preparing for the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by WSU, February 22-24 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.

The Cougars are coming off a sweep of Oregon State in a pair of dual meets February 2-3 in Corvallis. The victories bolstered the team's record to 9-3 this season (3-1 Pac-10), making this the winningest season in the WSU swim program's 25-year history.

'This season, we've got a lot stronger in the weight room, and learned how to lift properly,' WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. 'We've got a lot more technically sound, and learned how to swim correctly. We seem to be training and racing smarter, that's fine, but it's a matter of racing big, and that's what we're going to try to do. We've saved everything for this. Certainly we've become a better dual meet team, but none of that matters coming into a championship, it's all about getting it together for one big weekend.'

Last season, the Cougars took a 2-11 dual-meet record into the Pac-10 Championships and finished eighth. The team then went on to place 34th at the NCAA Championships.

'You don't get invited to Pac-10's or NCAA's because of how many wins you have,' Aceto said. 'Last year we were 2-11, and ended up 34th in the NCAA. So it really all comes down to how you perform at the championships.'

Since their last competition, the Cougars' training has been directed toward being physically ready for Pac-10's.

'We're not taxing the body as hard in practice,' Aceto said. 'Rest is a big word for us right now. We are preparing to be fully rested going into Pac-10's.'

Throughout the season, the Cougar swimmers' main focus has been on championship meets at the end of the season.

'We have two countdowns during the season, one for Pac-10's, and one for NCAA's,' Aceto said. 'It's a dual focus for us. This year the team has been really focused on Pac-10's because we don't have any NCAA qualifiers yet. But it can be a problem if you neglect the national championships and focus soley on the conference championships, so we have to be thinking about both meets.'

Those who qualify will compete at the NCAA Championships, held in Long Island, N.Y., March 15-17.

COUGARS SET RECORD WIN TOTAL:The Washington State University women's swim team put the finishing touches on the winningest dual-meet season in the team's 25-year history with a 113-92 win over Oregon State University in their last competition. The Cougars' nine wins this season surpasses the old record of eight, which had been achieved three times, most recently in 1996-97.

COUGARS PLACE SEVEN IN TOP 50: WSU currently has three individual and four relay teams ranked in the top 50 nationally according to the Taper & Shave Quick 50 times. Individual honorees include: Melissa Hubley-200 butterfly (45th), Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 backstroke (47th), 200 individual medley (50th)Relay teams in the top 50 include: 200 freestyle relay-24th, 400 freestyle relay-41st, 200 medley relay-34th, 400 medley relay-39th.

COACH ROCCO ACETO:Rocco Aceto is currently in his fourth year as head coach of the WSU women's swim team. Under his direction, the Cougar swim team has finished in the top 35 in the NCAA rankings two years in a row, gained its first three-time NCAA All-American, garnered recognition as the second best swimming team in the nation for academics, eclipsed school records 31 times and established 101 positions in the WSU All-Time top 10 list in his four years with the team.

Prior to his appointment at WSU, Aceto served for two years as the assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming programs at Auburn University.

Originally from Portland, Maine, Aceto competed on the swim team at his alma mater, North Carolina State, establishing school and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) records in the 50 freestyle and 400 and 800 freestyle relays during his collegiate career.

COUGAR FRESHMAN CONTINUE ASSAULT ON RECORDBOOKS:Cougar freshman have established 24 positions on the school's all-time top 10 lists this season, including a record by Andree-Anne LeRoy in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:05.06. The following freshman currently hold positions in WSU top 10 lists:Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (1st), 200 back (2nd), 400 IM (2nd), 100 back (4th)Taryn Ternent-50 free (2nd), 100 free (2nd), 100 back (3rd), 100 fly (10th)Rachel Dong-100 fly (4th), 200 breast (5th), 100 breast (7th), 200 IM (8th), 100 free (9th), 200 free (10th)Katie Byrnes-200 back (5th), 100 back (8th), 400 IM (9th)Christina Swanson-50 free (8th), 100 breast (9th)Semah Zavareh-1,000 free (8th) 1,650 free (8th), 500 free (9th)Sasha Taylor-200 back (9th)Nicole Chinn-200 IM (9th)

COUGAR SWIMMERS IN TOP 10:Cougar swimmers currently hold 43 times on WSU's all-time top 10 lists for individual events, including three school records: Lindsay Henahan-100 fly (56.29 seconds), Melissa Hubley-200 fly (2:00.87), Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (2:05.06). The following swimmers currently hold positions in WSU top 10 lists:Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (1st), 200 back (2nd), 400 IM (2nd), 100 back (4th)Lindsay Henahan-100 fly (1st), 50 free (3rd), 100 free (3rd)Melissa Hubley-200 fly (1st), 100 fly (3rd)Taryn Ternent-50 free (2nd), 100 free (2nd), 100 back (3rd), 100 fly (10th)Rebecca Cohen-500 free (2nd), 200 free (3rd), 1,650 free (3rd), 1,000 free (4th), 100 free (5th)Jill Olson-1,650 free (2nd), 1,000 free (3rd), 500 free (6th)Rachelle Carano-200 IM (3rd), 400 IM (4th), 200 fly (4th), 100 fly (5th), 100 breast (6th)Rachel Dong-100 fly (4th), 200 breast (5th), 100 breast (7th), 200 IM (8th), 100 free (9th), 200 free (10th)Katie Byrnes-200 back (5th), 100 back (8th), 400 IM (9th)Semah Zavareh-1,000 free (8th), 1,650 free (8th), 500 free (9th)Christina Swanson-50 free (8th), 100 breast (9th)Sara Schmied-50 free (6th)Sasha Taylor-200 back (8th)Nicole Chinn-200 IM (9th)

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