Cougars Move Up National Leaderboard

Nov. 17, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University swimmers have moved up the national rankings with solid performances last weekend at the Minnesota Grand Prix. The Cougars now have three individual and three relay times ranked in the NCAA top 10.

Michaela Ahlin currently holds the second-best time in the 200 butterfly after swimming a 1:58.04 Sunday. The senior from Tyreso, Sweden is also ranked fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.10. Both times are the best in the Pacific-10 Conference. Ahlin also has the 16th-fastest 400 individual medley time in the nation (4:19.39), as well as the 24th-fastest time in the 500 freestyle (4:53.40).

Joining Ahlin on the national top-10 list is Talor Whitaker. The Chesterton, Ind., native holds the ninth spot on the 200 individual medley list with her school-record time of 2:00.89. Whitaker is also ranked 32nd in the 100 freestyle. The times rank third and fifth in the conference, respectively.

Rugile Mileisyte is ranked 25th in the nation, second in the Pac-10, at the 50 freestyle with her time of 23.30 last weekend. Mileisyte is also ranked 31st in the 100 backstroke (fifth in Pac-10).

Sophomore Jessie Craig and senior Shawna Keller are team's leaders in the breaststroke. Craig has the 10th fastest 100 breaststroke time in the Pac-10 (52nd nationally), while Keller is right behind in 11th (55th nationally).

WSU relay teams have found success this year as well. The 800 freestyle relay team of Mileisyte, Jennifer Dean, Emma Neely and Ahlin are the third-fastest team in the nation and lead the second-best team in the conference (USC) by almost 10 seconds. The 400 freestyle team of Whitaker, Mileisyte, Neely and Ahlin are eighth in the nation, second in the Pac-10, after their meet-record time of 3:23.55 in Minnesota.

The Cougars' 400 medley relay team (Mileisyte, Keller, Ahlin, Whitaker) is ninth in the nation, while the 200 freestyle team (Mileisyte, Neely, Keller and Jenna Bekker) is ranked 22nd.

The WSU squad will look to improve on these times it heads to the Short Course Nationals in Federal Way, Dec. 3-6.
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