Cougars Fall Into Third During Final Day of Rice Invitational

Nov. 8, 2003

HOUSTON, Texas - The Washington State women's swim team finished the Hilton Plaza Rice Invitational in third place Saturday with 450 points. The Cougars were led by freshmen Erin McCleave and Monika Povilonyte, whom each captured two first place finishes.

Ahead of the Cougars in the final standings were Rice in first place with 619 points and Arkansas in second with 478. Texas Christian trailed WSU with 404 points.

'We couldn't quite hold Arkansas off,' WSU Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'But we accomplished what we wanted to do, we took advantage of our strengths.'

After earning one victory apiece on Friday, McCleave and Povilonyte each added an additional first place Saturday.

With her first place time in the 200 freestyle (1:54.13), McCleave moved into the number 10 spot on the Cougar All-Time Top 10. She currently holds fifth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free. Povilonyte grabbed her victory in the 100 breaststroke.

McCleave, a freshman from Rutherglen, Australia, added a third place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Other strong finishers for the Cougars included sophomore Jane Copland (fifth in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley), freshman Laurie Gregg (sixth in the 1000 free and 200 IM), and senior Nicole Chinn (sixth in 100 backstroke).

For complete results from the Rice Invitational, go to

The Cougars will take next week off, but return to action Friday, Nov. 21 at Seattle to take on cross-state rival, Washington. Action begins at 7 p.m.

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