Outstanding Cougars Honored By Swimming Team Awards

April 25, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash.--Sophomore Melissa Hubley headlined the 2000-2001 Washington State University Swimming Awards, winning the Most Outstanding Award.

Hubley, a native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, placed fifth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in the 200 butterfly while breaking her own school record with a time of 2:00.36. She also placed 15th at Pac-10's in the 100 butterfly. Hubley qualified for the NCAA Championships in East Meadow, N.Y., where she landed a 25th place finish in the 200 butterfly and 36th in the 100 butterfly. Currently, Hubley is training for the upcoming Canada Games, which take place in August. As a freshman, she received the team's Most Improved Award.

Rachel Dong, a freshman from Paramount, Calif., garnered recognition with two awards. Dong received the team's Most Improved Award, as well as the Coach's Award. In her first year of collegiate competition, Dong established positions on seven of WSU's top 10 lists for individual events, including a school record in the 100 butterfly of 55.68 seconds. She also was a member of two school record-breaking relay teams, the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Adding to her list of academic accolades, sophomore Jill Olson received the team's Scholastic Award. Just last week, Olson, a native of Seattle, garnered Pac-10 All-Academic First Team recognition. Olson, who holds a 3.85 grade-point average in accounting, placed 15th at the Pac-10 Championships in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:03.65. She currently holds second place on WSU's top 10 lists for the 1,650 and 1,000 freestyle events.

Also garnering recognition, Andree-Anne LeRoy received the team's Strength and Conditioning Award. LeRoy, from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, made tremendous strides in the weight room as a freshman. This season, LeRoy broke school records in both the 400 and 200 individual medley events in which she placed 11th and 12th, respectively at the Pac-10 Championships. In addition, she qualified for the Canadian World Championships in March, where she finished seventh in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and 10th in the 200 IM. LeRoy is also training to compete in the upcoming Canada Games.

'This is a great way for us to show our appreciation for these overachievers who are carrying on the Cougar tradition,' WSU head coach Rocco Aceto said.


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