Cougar Swimming Has Solid Day Two at Big Al Open

Dec. 1, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - Washington State sophomore Michaela Ahlin and junior Elyse Peterson recorded NCAA B Standard times during day two of competition at the Big Al Open hosted by Princeton, Saturday.

Ahlin won the B Final in the 400 IM with a lifetime-best 4:23.15 to earn ninth place and nine points for the Cougars. The mark ranks third on the WSU all-time list. Ahlin added a season-best 56.03 in the 100 fly for fifth place and 14 points.

Peterson earned her mark with a 1:03.55 in the 100 breast preliminary. She came back with a 1:03.62 in the A final good enough for fourth place and 15 points.

Washington State is in fourth place heading into Sunday with 339 points. Penn State leads at 756 followed by Princeton with 436 and Pittsburgh at 360. All three teams ahead of the Cougars have scored diving points in the meet.

Freshman Rugile Mileisyte posted a 56.61 in the 100 back, the second fastest in WSU history to finish fifth in the event and earn 14 points.

In the 200 free, Sierra Burton finished sixth (13 points) with the sixth fastest time (1:51.28) in Cougar history and fellow-freshman Erika Roach placed 10th (seven points) with the ninth-best time in WSU history at 1:52.32.

'It was a great day for us,' Cougar Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'We qualified two relay teams and seven individuals in A finals and that was our goal.'

A pair of Cougar A relay teams recorded season-best times with a 1:45.04 (fourth place, 30 points) in the 200 Medley and a 7:32.59 (third place, 32 points) in the 800 free. The WSU C team swam a 7:47.06 for 10th place and 14 points. Both Cougar B relay teams were disqualified in the preliminaries.

'The team showed a lot of character handling that type of disappointment and not letting it affect us tonight,' Quam said.

Sophomore Shawna Keller earned 11 points (eighth place) with a 1:05.03 in the 100 breast and added two points (15th place) with a 4:32.30 in the 400 IM.

Senior Kenzie Reiter registered a pair of 13th place finished good enough for four points each with a season-best times in the 400 IM (4:31.00) and 100 breast (1:06.05).

Other Cougars scoring points Saturday were senior Bryn Mooney (13) with a sixth-place 56.21 in the 100 fly, junior Afton Pickett (11) placing eighth in the 100 back at 57.29, and freshmen Talor Whitaker (two) and Jennifer Dean (one) in the 200 free with times of 1:52.94 (15th place) and 1:53.33 (16th place), respectively.

The Big Al Open concludes Sunday with sessions at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pacific.
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