NEVADA AT WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State University women’s swim team hosts the University of Nevada in a dual meet at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at Gibb Pool.
Nevada has compiled a 9-1 record in dual meets this season, and is coming off a 143-141 victory over San Diego State. The Cougars are 1-8 all-time in dual meets against the Wolf Pack, falling by a score of 88-114 last season in Reno. The Cougars, 5-3 this season, will again compete without co-captain and top sprinter Taryn Ternent due to illness.
“I can assure that attitudes have changed after our last meet,” WSU head coach Rocco Aceto said. “Attitude is everything, and our team just needs to properly adjust it. In athletics, self-confidence always plays a big factor. Nevada is a great dual meet team, and we have yet to beat them since I have been here. Mike Schrader always has a knack of providing good coaching and preparing his teams for dual meets. Again we will not have our top sprinter, so we’ve got to make up a little room there.”
After coming off two weeks of hard training at the Olympic Training Center over the winter vacation, the Cougars have begun to shift the focus of their training back to preparing for the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships at the end of the season.
“We’re starting to work more on speed and sprinting, as well as changing our weight program from a focus on strength to building more power,” Aceto said. “We’re really starting to gear up for championships.”
NEXT COMPETITION: The Cougars will play host to Pac-10 rival Oregon State in a pair of dual meets Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. This will be WSU’s last competition
LAST COMPETITION: WSU dropped a pair of dual meets to host UCLA by a score of 213-49 and to Pacific 188-74, while the Bruins edged Pacific 132-130. The Cougars swam without co-captain and top sprinter Taryn Ternent due to illness.
“Pacific prepared brilliantly for its intrastate rivalry, but UCLA pulled off a victory in the final relay,” Aceto said. “Our six weeks of hard training has gone well, but the long layoff from competition hurt us. We looked very flat and our attitudes were poor. We need to rebound strongly against Nevada.”
WSU’s Jill Olson provided a solid performance, notching two top-five finishes. The junior from Seattle placed third in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:23.25, and fifth in the 500 freestyle in 5:05.61.
Co-captain Rachel Dong swam well for the Cougars, also grabbing top-five places in two events. Dong, a sophomore from Paramount, Calif., finished third in the 100 butterfly, clocking a 56.69, and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.97.
Junior Lindsay Henahan scored another top-five finish for Washington State, coming in fourth in the 50 freestyle at 24.35 seconds. The Rochester, N.Y., native also placed sixth in the 100 butterfly, touching in at 57.45 seconds.
COUGARS RANKED IN NATIONAL TOP 50: Washington State swimmers currently hold 14 individual marks ranked in the top 50 nationally by Taper and Shave’s College Quick 50. All five of the Cougar relays also rank in the NCAA top 25.
Rank Name Event Time
12 Rachel Dong 100 butterfly 54.75
13 Andree-Anne LeRoy 200 individual medley 2:01.73
15 Andree-Anne LeRoy 200 backstroke 1:59.64
17 Melissa Hubley 100 butterfly 54.92
28 Taryn Ternent 100 freestyle 50.44
28 Katie Byrnes 200 backstroke 2:01.23
29 Melissa Hubley 200 butterfly 2:01.33
32 Andree-Anne LeRoy 100 backstroke 56.23
34 Rachel Dong 100 breaststroke 1:03.54
36 Jill Olson 1,650 freestyle 16:56.31
38 Taryn Ternent 50 freestyle 23.42
38 Andree-Anne LeRoy 400 individual medley 4:21.67
39 Lindsay Henahan 100 butterfly 55.68
48 Katie Byrnes 100 backstroke 56.74
Rank Event Time
8 200 freestyle relay 1:32.82
Ternent, Dong, Henahan, LeRoy
9 400 freestyle relay 3:23.27
LeRoy, Hubley, Dong, Ternent
9 200 medley relay 1:42.33
Chinn, Dong, Henahan, Ternent
16 800 freestyle relay 7:27.57
LeRoy, Hubley, Cohen, Taylor
25 400 medley relay 3:47.97
Byrnes, Swanson, Hubley, Henahan
WSU EVENT WINNERS: Melissa Hubley’s two individual event wins in the Cougars’ victory over the Huskies moves her into a first place tie with Andree-Anne LeRoy for most dual-meet wins (the figure in parenthesis represents wins as a relay team member).
1. Andree-Anne LeRoy 5 (5)
1. Melissa Hubley 5 (1)
3. Rachel Dong 4 (8)
3. Rebecca Cohen 4 (2)
3. Katie Byrnes 4 (1)
6. Sasha Taylor 3
7. Taryn Ternent 2 (5)
7. Semah Zavareh 2 (1)
7. Jill Olson 2
10. Lindsay Henahan 1 (8)
10. Christina Swanson 1
12. Nicole Chinn (4)
12. Sara Schmied (3)
12. Jadine Louw (1)
COACH ROCCO ACETO: Rocco Aceto is currently in his fifth year as head coach of the WSU women’s swim team. Under his direction, the Cougars have sent athletes to the NCAA Championships four years in a row, gained their first three-time NCAA All-American, garnered recognition as the second best swimming team in the nation for academics, eclipsed school records 38 times and established 101 positions in the WSU All-Time top 10 list in his four years with the team.
Prior to his appointment at WSU, Aceto served for two years as the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming programs at Auburn University.
Originally from Portland, Maine, Aceto competed on the swim team at his alma mater, North Carolina State, establishing school and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) records in the 50 freestyle and 400 and 800 freestyle relays during his collegiate career.
2001-02 TEAM CAPTAINS: Among the 14 returning athletes for Washington State is a trio of talented captains, Rachel Dong, Melissa Hubley, and Taryn Ternent.
“When you put these three student-athletes together, learning to be leaders, I think we have a bright future for this team,” Aceto said.
Hubley, a junior from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, comes off a season in which she broke her own school record in the 200 butterfly while placing fifth at the Pac-10 Championships, qualified for the NCAA Championships, and received the team’s Most Outstanding Award. During the summer, she went on to win a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2001 Canada Games.
Dong’s collegiate career got off to a fast start during her freshman year. The native of Paramount, Calif., broke the school record in the 100 butterfly and contributed to three relay teams setting WSU records at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. Currently, she holds positions on seven Cougar top-10 lists for individual events. After the season, Dong received the team’s Most Improved Award and Coach’s Award.
Ternent also excelled in her first year as a Cougar. The sophomore from Edenvale, South Africa smashed the school record in the 50 freestyle en route to placing eighth at the Pac-10 Championships last season, and swam on two relay teams that set WSU records. In addition, Ternent owns places on three other school top-10 lists.
ATHLETES IN WSU RECORD BOOKS: Cougar swimmers currently hold 55 positions on WSU’s all-time top 10 lists for individual events, including 10 school records: Rachel Dong-100 fly (54.75 seconds), Melissa Hubley-200 fly (2:00.36), Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (2:02.74), 400 IM (4:21.67), 100 back (56.34), 200 back (1:59.64), Jill Olson-1,000 free (10:12.96), 1,650 free (16:56.31), Taryn Ternent-50 free (23.26), 100 free (50.44). The following swimmers currently hold positions in WSU top 10 lists:
Andree-Anne LeRoy-200 IM (1st), 400 IM (1st), 100 back (1st), 200 back (1st), 100 free (3rd), 200 free (3rd)
Rachel Dong-100 fly (1st), 50 free (2nd), 100 breast (2nd), 200 breast (2nd), 200 IM (2nd), 100 free (5th)
Taryn Ternent-50 free (1st), 100 free (1st), 100 back (3rd), 100 fly (8th)
Jill Olson-1,650 free (1st), 1,000 freestyle (1st), 500 free (5th)
Melissa Hubley-200 fly (1st), 100 fly (2nd), 500 free (10th)
Rebecca Cohen-500 free (2nd), 200 free (4th), 1,650 freestyle (3rd), 1,000 freestyle (4th), 100 free (8th)
Katie Byrnes-200 back (2nd), 100 back (2nd), 400 IM (6th), 500 free (7th)
Sasha Taylor-200 free (2nd), 200 back (4th), 100 back (7th)
Lindsay Henahan-100 fly (3rd), 100 free (4th), 50 free (4th), 200 fly (7th)
Jadine Louw-500 free (3rd), 1,650 free (4th), 200 free (6th)
Semah Zavareh-500 free (4th), 1,650 free (5th), 1,000 free (8th)
Nicole Chinn-200 IM (5th), 100 fly (6th), 100 back (6th), 200 back (8th), 400 IM (10th)
Christina Swanson-100 breast (6th), 50 free (8th), 200 breast (10th)
Sara Schmied-50 free (7th), 100 free (7th)