Peterson Breaks WSU Record at UT Invite

Dec. 5, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas - Another WSU record fell Friday as the Cougars competed in the second day of the Texas Invite in Austin. This time it was senior Elyse Peterson who broke her own record with her sixth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.81. Peterson previously held the record with a time of 1:02.16.

'Elyse had an upstanding performance today and is much farther ahead of where she was last season at this time,' Cougar Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'I know she will have even more speed when she gets a chance to rest before competition in February so I am excited to see how she will improve.'

Including Peterson, 10 Washington swimmers advanced to their individual final events Friday.

Junior Michaela Ahlin had another impressive day with a seventh-place finish in the `B' final of the 400 individual medley (4:22.12).

'Coming off the Swedish Nationals, it has been challenging for Michaela to keep her level of performance high with all the traveling she has done,' Quam said. 'Some of her swims haven't felt that great but she continues to fight which will build her confidence down the road as she continues to be consistent after this many days of racing.'

Ahlin also led off in the 800 free relay combining with performances from Sophomores Sierra Burton and Talor Whitaker as well as freshman Emma Neely for a seventh-place finish with a time of 7:26.37.

'With Emma and Sierra swimming both in the 200 free and 200 splits for the 800 free relay it shows the character and pride they have,' Quam said. 'I think it also shows that we should have a fast 800 free relay team at Pac-10s this year.'

Neely also qualified for finals in both the 200 free and 100 back Friday earning a second-place finish in the `D' final of the 100 back with a time of 57.94, improving upon her prelim time of 58.47. Neely placed sixth in the `D' final of the 200 free (1:50.84) and once again improved her time from earlier in the day.

Burton recorded a third-place finish in the `D' final of the 200 free with a time of 1:50.49. Her prelim time of 1:50.13 was just 19 hundredths of a second slower than her lifetime best of 1:49.94.

Junior Shawna Keller posted a second-place finish in the 100 breast `C' final (1:05.23) and a sixth-place finish in the 400 IM `C' final (4:28.32) while teammates senior Kristin Marceau and sophomore Michelle McDonald posted sixth (4:34.37) and eighth-place (4:41.32) finishes in the 400 IM `D' final respectively.

Sophomore Rugile Mileisyte, who reset the WSU 50 freestyle record Thursday (22.86), placed second in the 100 back `C' final with a time of 56.04 while sophomore Jennifer Dean notched a fifth-place finish in the `D' final.

After the second day of events in Austin, Washington State is in seventh-place with 116 points. Arizona leads with 778 points followed by Texas (655), Wisconsin (302), Arizona State (213), UCLA (247), and Houston (155.5).

'I think we picked up where we left off last night,' Quam said. 'We have to do well with the swimming in the morning to get the opportunity to swim at night. This morning we had 14 lifetime bests so I think we're having a special meet in a great atmosphere and swimming fast.'

Racing will continue Saturday at 10 a.m. as the final day of the Texas Invite gets underway. Live results for the event can be found at
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