Washington State's Erin McCleave Named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month

Dec. 15, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON STATE swimmer Erin McCleave has been named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month for November, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

McCleave, a junior, won four events at the Minnesota Invitational, setting three Cougar individual records and a meet record. She finished first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:45.82, breaking the meet record (4:45.99) previously held by Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Piper, as well as the school record (4:53.53), set by Becca Cohen in 2002. The swim currently ranks as the fastest 500 freestyle time in the country.

The Rutherglen, Australia, native continued her success in the second day of the invitational, winning the 200 freestyle (1:48.48) and anchoring the 800 freestyle relay (7:26.94) that finished with a new Washington State record. In the final day of competition, McCleave posted a time of 16:17.06 in the 1650 freestyle, earning a NCAA automatic qualifying standard and shattering the school record she previously held by 25 seconds. She also earned a NCAA 'B' consideration standard in the 100 freestyle, besting the field with a lifetime best time of 50.69.

This is the first monthly honor for McCleave and Washington State's first Swimmer of the Month all-time.

2005-06 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Oct. - Rebecca Soni, Sr., USC; Nov. - Erin McCleave, Jr., WSU.

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