Five wins the in final day cap off strong performance at the Speedo Cup

Nov. 20, 2004

Long Beach, Calif. - Oregon State finished off their strong performance at the Speedo Cup with five wins and two more school records. The Beavers (2-2 overall, 0-2 Pacific-10) got wins in the five of the six events swam on Saturday. Two of the wins yielded new school records; Ausra Pacebutaite set her second school record of the meet in the 200 Backstroke and the 400 Freestyle relay team also set a new school record. Despite the strong final day from Beavers, Stanford still edged Oregon State by 89.5 points for the victory. The host UCI Anteaters finished in fourth place with 702 points.

The Beavers got the five victories in the following events, the 1650 Freestyle by Sandy Hong, the 200 Backstroke by Ausra Pacebutaite, the 100 Freestyle by Kristin Huston, the 200 Butterfly by Courtney Eads, and in the 400 Freestyle. Pacebutaite's time of 2:01:01 in the 200 Backstroke breaks her own time 2:02:73 to set a new record, her second of the meet.

'This is a big meet for her (Pacebutaite), she got the school record in both backstrokes,' OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'She also swam awesome in the relays.'

The 400 Freestyle relay time of 3:24:27 broke the former record of 3:27:44. The continuing improvement of the relays is exactly what Liebowitz had hoped to see in the Speedo Cup. Liebowitz sees the ascension of the relays as being integral to the team's success at the national level.

'This is a big stepping stone for the program, our goal was to get the relays qualified for NCAA's,' Liebowitz said. 'This is the first time we have had a `B' level team qualified for a freestyle relay.'

Solid performances from the whole team led a strong overall showing from the Beavers. In the 100 Freestyle, sophomore Erika Wirth finished in second place. Freshman Felicia Castenada finished fourth in the 200 Breaststroke. Then in the 200 Butterfly the Beavers got the top three finishes from Courtney Eads, Monica Miroslaw, and Christina Kinney.

'Almost everybody made huge steps towards their yearly goals,' Liebowitz said. 'Now we train even harder when we head to Hawaii.'

FINAL OVERALL SCORE:Stanford 1211.5 Oregon State University 1122 University of Nevada 801.5 University of California, Irvine 702 University of California, San Diego 680 Brigham Young University 616.5 University of New Mexico 380 University of California, Davis 368.5 U.S. Air Force Academy 343.5 Cal Baptist 280 New Mexico State University 263.5 University of San Diego 218 University of California, Santa Cruz 173 Loyola Marymount University 143 Pepperdine 132 Cal Lutheran 72 Soka University 24 ARMY Academy 15

OREGON STATE 738, DAY THREE 1650 Freestyle - 1 Sandy Hong OSU 17:02.86 2 Alexis Sheridan UCI 17:07.99 3 Sophie Levy UCSD 17:12.42 4 Kimberly Cook CBU 17:15.76 5 U-Nice Chan BYU 17:23.59 18 Ashley Gruda OSU 17:49.32 200 Backstroke - 1 Ausra Pacebutaite OSU 02:01.01 2 Sarabeth Metzger NEV 02:01.08 3 Alyssa Chin NEV 02:02.88 4 Brittany Davis BYU 02:03.31 5 Natasha Schlup BYU 02:03.73 10 Ashleigh Thomas OSU 02:07.53 15 Malia Storie OSU 02:12.97 17 Jessie Hong OSU 02:09.87 19 Danielle Kinney OSU 02:11.27 37 Monika Miroslaw OSU 02:07.50 69 Jenna Santelli OSU 02:22.80 100 Freestyle - 1 Kristin Huston OSU 00:51.61 2 Erika Wirth OSU 00:51.87 3 Anju Shimura UNA 00:51. 4 Emily Harlan UCSD 00:52. 5 Tori Clarridge UNM 00:52.15 7 Brie Marhenke OSU 00:52.89 36 Courtney Eads OSU 00:52.31 37 Ausra Pacebutaite OSU 00:52.39 51 Danielle Kinney OSU 00:54.41 67 Janelle Lemons OSU 00:55.25 72 Chelsea Keown OSU 00:55.41 95 Kaitlin Ringquist OSU 00:56.33 200 Breaststroke - 1 Rosanna Delurgio UCSD 02:16.20 2 Stephanie Gabert UNA 02:17.38 3 Ashley Swart USD 02:18.38 4 Felicia Castaneda OSU 02:18.92 5 Li Bei NEV 02:20.05 6 Mari Embertson OSU 02:21.09 14 Leah Schaab OSU 02:25.39 32 Chelsea Keown OSU 02:33.01 60 Kaitlin Ringquist OSU 02:38.68 200 Butterfly - 1 Courtney Eads OSU 02:00. 2 Monika Miroslaw OSU 02:01.48 3 Christina Kinney OSU 02:03.07 4 Alyssa Stachowski UNA 02:04.77 5 Robyn Miller UNM 02:05.91 14 Ashley Gruda OSU 02:09.86 400 Freestyle Relay - 1 O S U 'A' OSU 03:24. 2 S T A N 'A' STAN 03:28.99 3 N E V 'A' NEV 03:29.43 4 U C S D 'A' UCSD 03:29.52 5 B Y U 'A' BYU 03:33.36 16 O S U 'B' OSU 03:33.24

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