Women's Swimming travels to No. 7 California, then San Jose State.

Nov. 4, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. -

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Oregon State takes on two California schools this weekend in No.7 University of California and San Jose State. The meet with California (3-0 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) is a Pacific-10 dual while San Jose is a non-conference meeting. This is the Beavers (1-1 overall, 0-1 Pacifi-10) second Pacific-10 meeting of the year. OSU lost to UCLA (149-108), but beat UC-Santa Barbara (156-98) in its double-dual season opener. The Beavers look to get two wins this weekend and upset the No. 7 California Golden Bears.

The Beavers meet against the California Bears marks their second dual meet in a row against a ranked opponent. (UCLA at No. 7) OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz points out that racing against nationally ranked teams helps build confidence for the team as they see that they can compete.

'Its a goal of ours this year to race against other ranked teams,' Liebowitz said. 'I think we will have the opportunity to win four or five races and keep the meet close, maybe even give them a scare.'

The Beavers swim against San Jose State on Saturday. Liebowitz believes that while the Beavers have a dominating record against the Spartans, they shouldn't be overlooked. Victor Wells, a former Liebowitz assistant, is building the Spartan team up to be a contender.

'We wanna win the meet and the level of competition will allow us to try some different lineups,' Liebowitz said. 'But they are starting to improve.'

OSU Vs. California: OSU has a 0-5 all-time dual meet record against the Golden Bears. This will be the first dual meet competition between the two teams since 2002, when Cal defeated the Beavers 154-108.

OSU Vs. San Jose State: Oregon State has an all-time record of 13-1 against San Jose State in a dual meet series dating back to 1993, and the Beavers have won the past 7 meetings. Last season, OSU won 141-99 in Corvallis. The Spartans' lone win in the series came in 1997 by a 143-133 score in San Jose.

You again OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 0-3 vs. UCLA. Last season, the Beavers lost to the Bruins 148-108 at Santa Barbara, Calif. Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-2-0 against California-Santa Barbara. Last season, the Beavers were edged 132-128 at UCSB; OSU's last win was a 139-123 victory in 2003 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Leading the way HEAD COACH Larry Liebowitz: Liebowitz, who has extensive international and club coaching experience, spent the last 8 seasons as assistant head coach for the women's and men's programs at Southern California before coming to Oregon State in the summer of 2003. He is in his second season as OSU's head coach. In Liebowitz's first season at Oregon State, the Beavers had their best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships by placing 20th and matched their best-ever finish at the Pacific-10 Championships by placing seventh. OSU had a 7-4 record in dual meets during Liebowitz's debut season. In 2002-03, Liebowitz helped guide the USC women to third-place finishes in the NCAA Championships and the Pacific-10 Championships. The Trojan men's team was third in the Pac-10 and fifth at the NCAAs. Liebowitz, 53, served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's team at the 1999 Pan American Games and was also an assistant coach at the 1997 World University Games. He was coach of the United States men's team in the 1995 Pan Am Games and coach of the 1988 Costa Rica Olympic team.

Even Stevens STEVENS NATATORIUM: Oregon State swims its home meets at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus. OSU has an all-time record of 13-5 in the pool after going 1-1 there during the 2003-04 season. Stevens Natatorium is adjacent to Dixon Recreation Center, near Gill Coliseum. The pool opened in 1994 but was not outfitted for competition until prior to the 1999-2000 season. OSU had scheduled its home meets at Corvallis' Osborn Aquatic Center since the community pool opened for the 1979-80 season. A few meets were still held on campus at Langton Pool.

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