Swimmers Set Pool Records in Seattle

Jan. 16, 2010

SEATTLE - The Washington State swim team won 13 of the 14 events Saturday on its way to routing the Seattle Redhawks 191-70.

The Cougars set four Connolly Center Pool records during the meet. The 200 medley relay team of Shelbi Luchini, Jessie Craig, Michaela Ahlin, and Rugile Mileisyte started off the afternoon with a victory in 1:46.97. Mileisyte returned later to set the pool record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.89 seconds, while Ahlin set a new facility standard in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.13. In the final event of the day, the team of Talor Whitaker, Ahlin, Evelina Bieleckaite, and Mileisyte won the 400 freestyle relay in a pool-record time of 3:31.45.

Ahlin, Mileisyte and Whitaker led all competitors with 18 individual points. Ahlin paired her victory in the 200 butterfly with a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:03.35.

Mileisyte's second win came during the 100 freestyle where she finished in 52.80 seconds, edging out Seattle's Elizabeth Hanohano by less than half of a second.

Whitaker started the day by winning the 50 freestyle in 24.57 seconds. Three events later the junior from Chesterton, Ind., swam a season-best time of 2:22.38 to win the 200 breaststroke.

Rachael Krager was the first Cougar to earn an individual victory as she touched the wall in front of teammate Breezy Gonzales during the 1000 freestyle with a season-best time of 10:34.11. The sophomore finished the day with 15 individual points.

Other individual winners include junior Jennifer Dean (200 freestyle), Luchini (200 backstroke), sophomore Melissa Bogert (100 butterfly) and senior Shawna Keller (200 IM).

The team will return home to prepare for its final home meet of the season against Pacific-10 foe Oregon State. Events will begin at Friday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

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