WSU Swimming Falls to Arizona State

Nov. 7, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. - After winning in thrilling fashion against Northern Arizona the day before, the Washington State swim team lost to Pacific-10 foe Arizona State Saturday, 209-78.

The UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving teams also competed in a dual meet against ASU Saturday.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Rugile Mileisyte, Emma Neely, Shawna Keller and Jenna Bekker earned 11 points for the WSU team with a first place finish in the final event of the day (1:35.32), beating out the Sun Devil squad by less than a second.

Mileisyte was the lone Cougar to win an individual race Saturday, taking first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.77. The Alytus, Lithuania native also finished second in the 200 backstroke and tallied a team-leading 13 individual points on the day.

Michaela Ahlin finished with the second-most individual points for WSU, totaling 12. The senior took second in the 200 freestyle, as well as the 100 and 200 butterfly.

Junior Talor Whitaker ended the day with six points, third highest on the team. Her best performance came during the 200 individual medley, where she finished in third place with a time of 2:08.52. Whitaker also took fourth in the 100 freestyle (52.90) and fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:54.34).

The Cougars will be back in action Friday, Nov. 13 when they travel to Minneapolis to take part in the Minnesota Grand Prix. The event stretches three days, with competition beginning at 7 a.m. PT on Friday.
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