Cougar Swimmers Make History

March 4, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the first time in the history of Washington State swimming, the program will be sending three swimmers to the NCAA Championships March 19-21.

Senior Elyse Peterson, junior Michaela Ahlin and sophomore Rugile Mileisyte will all make their first appearances at the NCAA Championships traveling to College Station, Texas for the event hosted by Texas A&M University.

Ahlin will become the fourth Cougar swimmer to compete in three events swimming in the 500 freestyle as well as the 100 and 200 butterfly. She holds the WSU record in both fly events and is ranked second on the Cougar all-time top 10 list in the 500 free. She is seeded 28th in the 200 fly, 49th in the 100 fly and 56th in the 500 free. Ahlin set the WSU record for both the 100 (53.72) and 200 fly (1:56.66) last weekend at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships as well as swimming a lifetime best in the 500 free (4:43.46).

Peterson will be swimming in the 100 breaststroke after breaking her own WSU record in the event at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 1:00.92, seeding her 30th among the field. She will also be competing in the 200 breast, which she also holds the WSU record in with a time of 2:13.36. She is seeded 48th in that event.

Mileisyte will be competing in the 50 free after breaking the WSU record in the event with her lead off in the 200 free relay at the Pac-10 Championships. The sophomore swam a split time of 22.45 and is seeded 35th in the event. She is seeded 61st in her second event, the 100 back after swimming a lifetime best in the event with a time of 54.88.

'I'm just really excited for our team and certainly these three that have worked so hard for this accomplishment,' WSU Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'I think it took our whole team pulling together for these guys to get to this level and I think they are set up really well. I really believe in them and I think that not only are they going to go, but they are going to go and swim faster.'

Overall the Pacific-10 Conference will be sending 69 athletes to the NCAA Championship with Arizona sending a conference high 18.

Cougar Swimming NCAA History

1998	Erin Eldridge	23rd	100 breaststroke	1:03.82	26th	200 breaststroke	2:18.551999	Erin Eldridge	13th	100 breaststroke	1:02.50	13th	200 breaststroke	2:14.612000	Erin Eldridge	8th	100 breaststroke	1:09.49	18th	200 breaststroke	2:14.612001	Melissa Hubley	36th	100 butterfly	        56.10	25th	200 butterfly	        2:02.082002	Andree Anne LeRoy	57th	200 IM	                2:04.76	40th	400 IM	                4:25.69	39th	200 backstroke	        2:03.25        Rachel Dong        34th    100 butterfly           55.07        38th    100 breaststroke        1:04.262003	Lindsay Henahan	16th	100 butterfly	        54.02	68th	100 freestyle	        51.412006	Erin McCleave        28th	500 freestyle	        4:50.26	21st	200 freestyle	        1:48.09	11th	1650 freestyle	        16:19.62        Jane Copland        28th    200 breaststroke        2:16.31        60th    200 IM                  2:04.412007	Erin McCleave	58th	500 freestyle	        4:54.76	14th	200 freestyle	        1:47.01	10th	1650 freestyle	       16:13.20
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