WSU Swimming Signs National Breaststroke Champion

May 2, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash.-- Jane Copland, the 2002 New Zealand National Champion in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events, has signed a letter of intent to swim at Washington State University next season, interim head coach Suzanne Yee has announced.

At the 2002 New Zealand Open Championships in April, Copland clocked a 1:15.02 to win the 100-meter breaststroke, and a 2:38.31 to win the 200-meter breaststroke by over four seconds. The native of Napier, New Zealand, also placed third in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 35.22.

Copland's success has come as a member of the Erehwon Swim Team, where she is coached by her father, David Wright.

'Jane is a welcome addition to the WSU swimming program,' Yee said. 'Not only will she make an immediate impact in the breaststroke events, but also as a distance freestyle and individual medley contributor. Her international experience has prepared her well for NCAA competition and we look forward to great things from Jane in the pool and in the classroom.'

Judging by her best times, Copland will be able to make an immediate impact on the Cougar swim team. Her best time of 1:10.0 in the 100-meter breaststroke converts to 1:03.1 in the 100-yard breaststroke, which is less than one second off three-time All-American Erin Eldridge's school record of 1:02.19. The Kiwi's 200-meter breaststroke best of 2:30.0 converts to 2:15.2 in the 200-yard version of the event, less than two seconds off Eldridge's school-record 2:13.54.

Copland also has a personal best in the 800-meter freestyle of 8:55.0 that translates into a WSU school-record of 10:10.0 in the 1,000-yard equivalent.

In addition to her success in the pool, Copland has earned accolades for her writing ability, placing third in a 2001 national writing competition for students under age 18. At Washington State, she plans to study communications and broadcasting.

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