Cougars To Hold Intrasquad/Alumnae Meet

Oct. 7, 2009

THIS WEEK: The Washington State University swim team will host its second annual Intrasquad/Alumnae meet at Gibb Pool this Saturday...the event will split the WSU team into two squads, crimson and gray, and will include a team of WSU alumnae...the first event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

WSU COMPETITORS: Returning Cougars will include senior Michaela Ahlin and junior Rugile Mileisyte who both competed at the NCAA Championships and the World University Games last summer.

Ahlin became the fourth Cougar in history to qualify in three different events as she earned B Consideration times in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 500 free. Her highlight at the events was a 21st-place finish in the 200 fly with a school-record time of 1:56.46.

Ahlin was 10th in the preliminaries of the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:14.57. In the semifinals, she lowered her time to a ninth-place 2:14.27 and missed the cut for the final by only 0.25 seconds. Her finish was the second best by a Swedish swimmer at the Games.

Mileisyte swam in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships, finishing 28th overall with a time of 22.49. She also competed in the 100 back placing 55th overall with a time of 54.93.

At the World University Games, the Cougar star was just off her own national record of 30.04 and a mere 0.53 seconds shy of the cut for the semifinals in the 50 backstroke, taking third in her heat and 23rd overall.

After taking part in the World University Games, Mileisyte traveled to Rome to compete in the World Championships. The WSU swimmer's 56.94 leading off the 400 free relay at the event was a lifetime best and helped the relay team set a national record of 3:54.97.

She also took to the water in the 50 backstroke where Mileisyte did not disappoint. She set a Lithuanian national record with a time of 29.58 breaking her own record of 30.04 set earlier this summer at the Lithuanian nationals.

RETURNING ALUMNAE: Former WSU greats including recent graduate Afton Pickett, Lindsay Henahan, Kayli Changstrom and Kenzie Rieter will return to challenge this year's Cougar squad.

Pickett('09) owns school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke and is third on the all-time list in the 200 individual medley.

Henahan, who graduated in 2003, has top-10 times in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.

Changstrom ('07) holds four times on the WSU top-10 list, highlighted by a second place time of 4:21.31 in the 400 individual medley.

Reiter, a 2008 graduate, remains in the top 10 in four events, the 1650 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and the 200 and 400 IM.
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