Cougar Swimmers Off to Early Season Success

Oct. 28, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Members of the Washington State University women's swim team are already being recognized for times they have put up this season. Three members of this year's team hold times ranked in the top 50 of their respective events.

Senior Michaela Ahlin's performance in the 100 butterfly at the Debbie Pipher Memorial (55.71) is currently tied for the 18th fastest time in the nation. The Tyreso, Sweden native also has the 27th-best time in the 200 butterfly (2:03.41).

Rugile Mileisyte won the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.61, good enough for the 27th-fastest time in the nation. Mileisyte is also ranked 40th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 23.76.

Rachael Krager is the youngest member of the Cougar squad to have a time in the top 50. The sophomore from Valencia, Calif., posted a time of 17:39.41 in the 1650 freestyle to earn the 36th spot on the NCAA list.

Just missing top 50 times were junior Talor Whitaker and senior Shawna Keller. Whitaker finished the 200 individual medley in 2:07.30 (53rd), while Keller owns the nation's 69th fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.87).

WSU relay teams have had some strong performances this year as well. The women's 400 medley relay (Mileisyte, Keller, Ahlin, Bekker) holds the 10th fastest time in the nation with the 800 freestyle (Ahlin, Keller, Whitaker, Neely) close behind in 11th. Also making the list were the 200 medley relay (Mileisyte, Keller, Ahlin, Bieleckaite) and the 400 freestyle relay (Whitaker, Bekker, Bieleckaite, Mileisyte), ranking 30th and 31st in the nation respectively.
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