Copland To Compete At U.S. Nationals

March 25, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University freshman Jane Copland will compete in the 2003 U.S. Nationals, April 1-5, in Indianapolis, Ind.

'Jane has done a great job training,' WSU Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'We're looking forward towards what she is capable of accomplishing.'

Copland's time of 2 minutes, 15.71 seconds in the 200 breaststroke at the Pacific-10 Championships (March 1) earned an automatic qualification to the U.S. Nationals meet. The qualifying standard for the U.S. Nationals is 2:18.29. Copland's qualifying time earned her a seventh-place finish at the Pac-10's.

At the U.S. Nationals, Copland will compete in one other event and time trial another. Her bonus time standard time in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.79, Nov. 22, 2002) qualifies her for the meet. Since Copland reached the automatic qualifying time the 200 breast, she was able to qualify for the 100 breast by swimming a time faster than the bonus standard time for that event. The bonus standard time for the 100 breaststroke is 1:06.89. Copland will also time trial for the 200 IM while competing at the meet.

Copland has the opportunity to qualify to represent her native country, New Zealand, at the World Championships, while competing at the U.S. Nationals. If Copland swims the fastest time amongst all New Zealand competitors in the 100 breast, she will have the opportunity to qualify to swim for the New Zealand National Team. The World Championships will take place this July in Barcelona.

Copland has captured numerous spots on the Cougar All-Time Top 10 list during her freshman year at WSU. She is currently second in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.07), second in the 200 IM (2:05.07), third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.79), fifth in the 400 IM (4:31.32) and eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:53.49).

LAST WEEK: Senior Lindsay Henahan reached All-American status in the 100 butterfly, finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships. She missed her race Thursday, the 50 freestyle, after being stranded in Denver for nearly 62 hours by a snowstorm. Henahan trained in a local hotel with a swimsuit she purchased from the gift shop. Henahan ended her swimming career at WSU with a 68th-place finish in the 100 freestyle.

'I'm really proud of what Lindsay accomplished,' Quam said. 'Especially, her mental state of mind to get up and do what she knew she could accomplish, despite the circumstances.'

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