Cougars Edge Oregon State In 134.5-127.5 Thriller
Jan. 27, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State earned its first victory over Oregon State since 2002 as the Cougars narrowly defeated the Beavers 134.5-127.5 in a dual that went down to the wire Friday at Gibb Pool.
'What a total team effort,' enthused WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. 'We needed everything we got tonight and it showed that its not just one or two individuals, but that everyone in the group is going the make a difference whether they are scoring points, cheering hard or getting-up and having lifetime best swims. This is a big one and was a lot of fun.'
With the Cougars trailing 110.5-115.5 with two event left, WSU junior Kayli Changstrom gutted out a win in the 400 individual medley earning a Gibb Pool record with a time of 4:28.74. Jane Copland and Laurie Gregg finished third and fifth respectively in the event earning crucial points as the Cougars pulled ahead 123.5-121.5.
OSU appeared to be the victor as the 400 freestyle relay wound down taking a one-second lead into the final leg of the last event. WSU 'A' relay anchor Erin McCleave roared back with a 50.49 split, hitting the touch pad just three-tenths of a second ahead of the Oregon State 'A' relay team sealing the Washington State victory.
McCleave also posted a win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:04.40 and bested the Gibb Pool record of 10:06.15 she set against Idaho Oct. 14. The Rutherglen, Australia native added a win in the 100 freestyle (52.25) and a third place finish in the 100 backstroke (57.71) netting 21 total points for the Cougars.
Changstrom added a second place showing in the 500 freestyle (5:08.00) and tied for second in the 200 freestyle (1:53.25) amassing the second highest Cougar point total with 16.5.
Washington State dominated the breaststroke events with Copland and Monika Povilonyte trading top-two finishes in the two races. Povilonyte earned the win in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.83) and finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.05) while Copland claimed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke (2:20.01) and placed second in the 200 breaststroke (1:05.90). Copland also added a third place finish in the 400 individual medley (4:31.85) earning a total of 16 points for WSU.
'You want to go out on a good note,' Copland said. 'So to beat a great team in my last home dual meet is just awesome. There were some wins by tenths and hundredths of a second and that just shows the endurance work this group has put in and how much we all love swimming for this team.'
Other WSU notables include Pickett who earned second place finishes in the 100 (57.66) and 200 (2:04.47) backstroke events, Katie Van Honre finishing third in the 100 freestyle (53.77), Peterson grabbing second place in the 50 freestyle (24.34), and Jamie MacLeod and Lina Daugvilaite finishing third in the 50 (24.73) and 500 (5:10.76) freestyle events respectively.
The Beavers were led by Saori Haruguchi who picked up wins in the 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke. Haruguchi led all scorers with 27 points. Other Oregon State individual winners include Ausra Pacebutaite, Erika Wirth, Christina Kinney, and Sandy Hong.
Next up, the Cougars head across the border where they face the Idaho Vandals Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. at the UI Swim Center.