WSU Swimmers Compete At 2005 U.S. Open

Nov. 30, 2005

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This Week: Washington State travels to Auburn, Ala., to compete at the 2005 U.S. Open...three-day event begins Thursday, Dec. 1 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 3...preliminaries begin at 7:30 a.m. PST each morning with finals at 4 p.m. PST.

Head Coach Erica Quam Says: 'Our goal is to improve on our long course performances from the beginning of November when we competed at the University of British Columbia. I believe we can be much better coming off of a great team meet at the Minnesota Invite with those exciting performances and a having few days of rest going into this meet.'

Last Week: The Cougars traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Minnesota Invitational...WSU finished fifth overall with 561.5 points... Erin McCleave posted four individual wins, setting three school records and two meet records in the event...McCleave earned the top spot in the 500 (4:45.93), 200 (1:48.48), 1650 (16:17.06) and 100 (50.69) freestyle events... Afton Pickett finished first in the 200 backstroke (2:01.17) while Jane Copland earned a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.92)...Cougar 800 freestyle relay team of Kayli Changstrom, Copland, Lina Daugvilaite and McCleave set WSU record with time of 7:26.94...400 freestyle relay team swam to second place finish with a time of 3:25.79.

The U.S. Open: The three-day event begins Thursday, Dec. 1 and concludes Saturday, contested in long course yards with athletes seeded according to prior performances in long course races...preliminaries begin at 7:30 a.m. PST each morning with the top 16 finishers advancing to the event features top athletes including U.S. and international Olympic swimmers... Washington State will be represented by Danielle Berish, Changstrom, Copland, Daugvaite, Jamie MacLeod, McCleave, Bryn Mooney, Elyse Peterson, Pickett, Monika Povilonyte and Katie Van Horne.

Quam Says: 'This meet will provide a high level of competition for our top swimmers. Only the fastest 16 swimmers from the morning session qualify for finals that evening. Our main focus is to get up and ready for the prelim sessions to see how many swimmers we can have back at night. We hope to have every swimmer finish higher than they were ranked going into the meet.'

McCleave Earns National Honor: WSU junior was named National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by for her performance during the week of Nov. 17-21...McCleave becomes the first Washington State swimmer to earn the honor since its inception in 1999...McCleave won four events, set three WSU individual records, set two meet records and earned several NCAA cuts at the Minnesota Invitational (Nov. 18-20) to garner the national recognition.

Cougars In the 'College Quick 100': Washington State has seven individual swimmers and five relay teams ranked in the Taper & Shave 'College Quick 100'...list tracks the top-100 times in the nation in 18 events...Cougars with top-25 times include McCleave (4th, 1650 freestyle; 6th, 500 freestyle; 13th, 1650 freestyle) and Copland (8th, 200 breaststroke)...200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay times rank 19th, 16th and 11th respectively.

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