Swimming Faces Tough Competition At Arkansas Invitational

Nov. 28, 2001

COUGARS AT ARKANSAS INVITATIONAL: The Washington State University women's swim team competes in the Arkansas Invitational at Fayetteville, Ark. Thrusday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. WSU faces women's teams from the University of Arkansas and the University of Houston at the meet, with morning preliminary sessions and evening finals sessions beginning each day at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST, respectively. The Cougars have a 5-1 record this season after defeating in-state rival Washington in their last dual meet.

Arkansas is 5-0 this season and placed first in an SEC West meet against Auburn, Louisiana State and Alabama. Houston is 2-5 this season with wins over North Texas and Louisiana-Monroe. Washington State has never faced either Arkansas or Houston in women's swimming.

LAST WEEK: Several Washington State University swimmers made an impact at the Speedo World Cup, Nov. 23-24. WSU athletes qualified for event finals six separate times and recorded 11 top-10 finishes, while competing against world-class swimmers from 26 different countries, including several world record holders and Olympic Medallists. Cougar team captains Melissa Hubley and Rachel Dong both qualified for the finals of the 100-meter butterfly.

Hubley, a junior from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, placed fifth in the 100 fly with a time of 1:01.30, improving her 1:01.67 mark from the preliminary heat. She also grabbed fifth place in the 200-meter butterfly with a 2:15.66. Hubley narrowly missed qualifying for the finals of the 50-meter butterfly, placing ninth in 28.70 seconds in the prelims.

Dong finished only .27 seconds behind teammate Hubley to grab seventh place in the 100 fly finals. The sophomore from Paramount, Calif., also excelled by placing fourth in the 50-meter butterfly at 27.46 seconds, and fifth in the finals of the 50-meter breaststroke in 32.71 seconds. She also placed 12th in the prelims for the 50-meter freestyle in 26.46 seconds.

NEXT COMPETITION: Washington State competes next against UCLA and University of the Pacific Saturday, Jan. 19 at Los Angeles.

WSU EVENT WINNERS: Melissa Hubley's two individual event wins in the Cougars' victory over the Huskies moves her into a first place tie with Andree-Anne LeRoy (the figure in parenthesis represents wins as a relay team member).

1. Andree-Anne LeRoy	5 (5)1. Melissa Hubley	5 (1)3. Rachel Dong 		4 (8)3. Rebecca Cohen	4 (2)3. Katie Byrnes		4 (1)6. Sasha Taylor		37. Taryn Ternent	2 (5)7. Semah Zavareh	2 (1)7. Jill Olson		210. Lindsay Henahan	1 (8)10. Christina Swanson	112. Nicole Chinn	(4)12. Sara Schmied	(3)12. Jadine Louw		(1)

COACH ROCCO ACETO:Rocco Aceto is currently in his fifth year as head coach of the WSU women's swim team. Under his direction, the Cougars have sent athletes to the NCAA Championships four years in a row, gained their first three-time NCAA All-American, garnered recognition as the second best swimming team in the nation for academics, eclipsed school records 38 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.

2001-02 TEAM CAPTAINS: Among the 14 returning athletes for Washington State is a trio of talented captains, Rachel Dong, Melissa Hubley, and Taryn Ternent.

'When you put these three student-athletes together, learning to be leaders, I think we have a bright future for this team,' Aceto said.

Hubley, a junior from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, comes off a season in which she broke her own school record in the 200 butterfly while placing fifth at the Pac-10 Championships, qualified for the NCAA Championships, and received the team's Most Outstanding Award. During the summer, she went on to win a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2001 Canada Games.

Dong's collegiate career got off to a fast start during her freshman year. The native of Paramount, Calif., broke the school record in the 100 butterfly and contributed to three relay teams setting WSU records at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. Currently, she holds positions on seven Cougar top-10 lists for individual events. After the season, Dong received the team's Most Improved Award and Coach's Award.

Ternent also excelled in her first year as a Cougar. The sophomore from Edenvale, South Africa smashed the school record in the 50 freestyle en route to placing eighth at the Pac-10 Championships last season, and swam on two relay teams that set WSU records. In addition, Ternent owns places on three other school top-10 lists.

ATHLETES IN WSU RECORD BOOKS: Cougar swimmers currently hold 41 positions on WSU's all-time top 10 lists for individual events, including five school records: Rachel Dong-100 fly (55.68 seconds), Melissa Hubley-200 fly (2:00.36), Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (2:03.53), 400 IM (4:24.16), Taryn Ternent-50 free (23.26). The following swimmers currently hold positions in WSU top 10 lists:

Rachel Dong-100 fly (1st), 50 free (2nd), 100 breast (2nd), 200 breast (2nd), 100 free (4th), 200 IM (8th), 200 free (10th)Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (1st), 400 IM (1st), 200 back (2nd), 100 back (5th)Taryn Ternent-50 free (1st), 100 free (2nd), 100 back (2nd), 100 fly (10th)Melissa Hubley-200 fly (1st), 100 fly (2nd)Rebecca Cohen-200 free (2nd), 500 free (2nd), 1,650 freestyle (3rd), 1,000 freestyle (4th), 100 free (6th)Jill Olson-1,650 free (2nd), 1,000 freestyle (2nd), 500 free (6th)Lindsay Henahan-100 fly (3rd), 100 free (3rd), 50 free (4th)Semah Zavareh-1,650 free (4th), 500 free (8th), 1,000 free (8th)Nicole Chinn-100 back (4th), 200 IM (9th), 400 IM (10th)Katie Byrnes-200 back (4th), 100 back (6th), 400 IM (9th)Christina Swanson-50 free (9th), 100 breast (9th)Sasha Taylor-200 back (5th)Sara Schmied-50 free (7th)


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