Cougar Crimson Wins Debbie Pipher Memorial

Oct. 24, 2009


PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University Crimson team expanded its lead during the final day of the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational Saturday to finish 76 points ahead of the second-place Gold team from Idaho.

Michaela Ahlin was named meet MVP after winning three individual events (100 fly, 200 fly, 500 free) and was a part of three winning relay teams (400 medley, 800 free, 200 medley). The senior set a meet record in the 100 butterfly Friday night, and broke her own meet record in the 200 butterfly Saturday.

'She did a great job. She was really consistent, and going faster than she did this time last year in the 200 butterfly, which was an event that qualified her for NCAA's,' said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam.

Though the senior leader was a part of six first-place finishes, freshman Shelbi Luchini led all competitors with 30 individual points. Luchini had 14 points heading into Saturday, and added to her total with a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke and took second in the 200 IM behind Talor Whitaker.

'Shelbi is a talented swimmer and we are excited about the way she has been training. We think she has great potential to help us out at dual meets and definitely as a Pac-10 level swimmer. I am excited to see how she continues to develop and definitely looking forward to the end of the season,' Quam said.

Rugile Mileisyte tied Ahlin as points leader for the Crimson team with 27. The junior from Lithuania earned her third individual victory of the event while winning the 100 freestyle Saturday.

The Cougars will return to action Nov. 6-7, when they travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., to battle Northern Arizona Friday before they head to Tempe, Ariz., to take on UNLV and Arizona State Saturday. Until then, Quam hopes her team will keep improving in the upcoming weeks of practices.

'We have a big week of training coming off this week we are going to go up in yardage and put in some mileage.'
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