Cougar Swimming Finishes Seventh at UT Invite

Dec. 6, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas - The Washington State 400 free relay team consisting of freshman Emma Neely and sophomores Sierra Burton, Talor Whitaker and Rugile Mileisyte tied the current school record of 3:23.27 Saturday earning them a seventh-place finish. The finish contributed 24 points to the Cougars' 159 team points and seventh-place team finish for the three-day Texas Invite.

After setting the school record in the 100 breast Friday, senior Elyse Peterson went on to swim a lifetime best in the 200 breast Saturday improving to 2:16.35 and earning a sixth-place finish in the `B' final. Peterson also anchored the 12th-place 400 free relay `B' team contributing to a final time of 3:28.43.

Junior Michaela Ahlin completed the three-day invite with a fifth-place finish in the 200 butterfly `B' final (1:59.91).

Freshman Rachael Krager notched a 15th-place finish in the 1650 free with a lifetime best time of 17:01.32 moving her up to sixth-place on the WSU all-time top 10 list. Krager also had an eighth-place finish in the 200 fly `C' final (2:06.05).

Mileisyte placed fourth in the 100 free `C' final with a lifetime best of 50.62 while Burton and Whitaker took fifth (50.85) and sixth-place (51.00) respectively in the `D' final.

Senior Afton Pickett earned a third-place finish in the 200 back `C' final with a time of 2:01.19 while teammate freshman Danielle Palumbo took sixth-place in the `D' final (2:07.47).

Senior Kristin Marceau finished 22nd in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:28.44 and posted a seventh-place finish in the `D' final of the 200 breast (2:29.35) while junior Shawna Keller placed fifth in the `C' final (2:21.59).

No. 4 Arizona won the event with 1153.5 points followed by No. 17 Texas (985), No. 20 Wisconsin (425), No. 15 UCLA (379.5), No. 16 Arizona State (277) and Houston (198.5).

The Cougars will be on break during the holiday season before returning to action Saturday, Jan. 3 at the UC Irvine Invite.
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