WSU Falls to No. 1 California, 158-102

Oct. 28, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Washington State swimming took their first loss of the season at the hands of No. 1 California as the Golden Bears swam to a 158-102 victory Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Cougars won three of the 16 events, with seniors Erin McCleave and Monika Povilonyte earning individual wins for WSU.

McCleave swam a time of 10:04.04 in the 1000 freestyle to win the event. In the 100 breaststroke, Povilonyte took first place with a time of 1:05.40 while WSU's Elyse Peterson came in second at 1:05.72. McCleave's second individual win of the night came in the 500 freestyle as she swam a time of 4:56.18 to take first place over California's Erin Reilly. She also came in third place in the 50 freestyle.

Sophomore Afton Pickett took second place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.09 and junior Bryn Mooney came in third in the 100 backstroke (59.17) and second in the 100 butterfly (57.18). Mooney was just ahead of freshman teammate Michaela Ahlin who came in third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.70. Ahlin also scored in the 200 butterfly with a second place finish (2:04.47). Povilonyte came in second in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.04). In third place in the event was WSU's Elyse Peterson (2:25.27) and freshman Shawna Keller came in fourth (2:26.78).

For the Golden Bears, senior Lauren Andrews won both the 100 and 200 backstroke events. Erin Reilly took first in the 200 freestyle while Annie Babicz won the 200 butterfly. California also won both relays to start and end the meet.

The Cougars will return to Gibb Pool as they host in-state rival Washington at 5:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10.

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