Beavers to host their only home meet of the season against WSU and Idaho

Jan. 25, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - FRIDAY, JANUARY 28Oregon State Vs. Washington State, IdahoCorvallis, Ore.; 7 p.m. PSTSATURDAY, JANUARY 29Oregon State Vs. Washington State, IdahoCorvallis, Ore..; 10 a.m. PST, 2 p.m. PST

Oregon State takes to the pool again this week when the Beavers host their only home meet of the season. The Beavers (4-5 overall, 0-4 Pacific-10) are hosting two Pacific Northwest rivals in Washington State (2-1 overall) and Idaho. The double dual will include all 19 events, six at each time slot throughout the two-day event.

A typical swimming dual includes 14-16 events, this dual will include all 19 Pacific-10 events. OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz did this to help his swimmers prepare for the Pacific-10 Championships coming up in three weeks.

'It will give all the swimmers the opportunity to swim all the Pac-10 events in one meet,' Liebowitz said. 'It will also give the girls a chance to swim some events they haven't ever swam before.'

This is the first and only home meet of the season and the Beavers are excited to reap the benefits of a home crowd and improve their season times as well as getting a team win.

'The girls are looking forward to having a crowd there,' Liebowitz said. 'I think they came out a litlle flat against the Arizona's and now they are feeling a lot better in the water now.'

The Beavers will have a to chance get their first conference victory at home this weekend against WSU. Though it isn't the primary goal of the team to have a winning record, it is always a positive benchmark to win.

'You always want to get a Pac-10 win when you can,' Liebowitz said. 'Theres a certain amount of enthusiasm that brings to the races when you can win.'

In the Oregon State swimming record books several current swimmers have moved up the list of all-time wins. Senior Krisin Huston has surpassed Amy Van Loben Sels for the 3rd place all-time with 56 wins. Junior Ausra Pacebutaite scored two wins in the Beavers last outing to make her career total 25. Pacebutaite moves past Christy Ryerson and Kelly Kaplan to take 9th all-time. Lastly, standout freshman Courtney Eads moved into 15th overall with 17 wins after a strong display two weeks ago against the the Arizona schools. Eads finished the two dual meets with a total of four event wins. With 17 wins in her freshman campaign, Eads also moves up to 12th all-time in single season dual meet wins.

College Quick 50 OREGON STATE SWIMMERS IN THE TOP 50: Several Oregon State swimmers are among the top 50 in various events so far this season, as compiled by Stu Corliss of Taper and Shave through Jan.19:

Starting in the 50 freestyle, senior Kristin Huston is tied for 50th with her season best of 23.43 seconds. In the 200 freestyle, freshman Courtney Eads ranks 44th with her time of 1:49.43. Eads also ranks seventh in the 500 freestyle with her time of 4:45.91 and 18th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2.00:36. In the 100 backstroke, junior Ausra Pacebutaite ranks 23rd with her time 55.58. Pacebutaite also has a top time in the 200 backstroke with her school record time of 2:01.01, which is good enough to place her 38th so far this season. Freshman Felicia Castaneda ranks 33nd in the 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:03.50. Erika Wirth ranks 49th in the 100 butterfly with her time 55.80. In the 200 butterfly, Monica Miroslaw has the 30th-fastest time at 2:01.48. The Beavers' only All-American, Mari Embertson ranks 38th in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:21.78.

The OSU relays have been a focal point for the team this year and they have been performing up to national standards. Several of the relays rank in the top 20 of the College Quick 50. In the 200 freestyle relay, the Beavers rank 19th with a time of 1:33.77. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Beavers rank 16th with a time of 3:24.27. The Beavers time of 7:30.56 is good enough for 28th in the 800 freestyle relay. In the medley relays, the Beavers rank 17th in the 200 with a time of 1:43.64 and 17th in the 400 with a time of 3:46.11.

The History OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Washington State: A Pac-10 rival over the years, OSU has a record of 13-26 against the Cougars. Last year in Pullman the Beavers beat the Cougars twice in a back to back dual meet, 155-103 and 135-68.

Idaho: This is the first meeting between the two teams since 1984 when OSU traveled to Idaho and lost 39-71. The Beavers have an all-time record of 6-2 against the Vandals.

Not so long ago OREGON STATE AT NO. 18 ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State got two wins from freshman Courtney Eads and a team total of four victories but came up short against ASU as the Sun Devils beat the Beavers 175-86 in women's swimming January 8 in Arizona. OSU (4-5 overall, 0-4 Pacific-10) is 0-2 on its trip to Arizona after a loss yesterday to No.4 Arizona. All five of the Beavers losses this year have come from ranked opponents.

Oregon State got wins in the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.59) and 500-yard freestyle (4:57.16) from Courtney Eads the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.28) by Ausra Pacebutaite, and in the 50-yard freestyle (24.15) by Kristin Huston.

OREGON STATE AT NO. 4 ARIZONA: Oregon State (4-4 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) got five overall victories, but lost to fourth-ranked Arizona 143-118 in Pacific-10 women's swimming Friday afternoon in Tucson. Courtney Eads got two wins on the day, one in the 1000-yard freestyle and another in the 500-yard freestyle to lead the Oregon State effort. Ausra Pacebutaite got a win in the 200-yard backstroke, Christina Kinney got a win in the 100-yard butterfly, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team won to round out the victories for the Beavers.

The Wildcats (4-0, 3-0) continued their perfect dual meet record on the year by taking wins in nine of the 14 events in their first ever dual against Oregon State

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 is now 9-6 in dual meets under Liebowitz; the Beavers had a 7-4 dual record during Liebowitz's debut season at Oregon State.

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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