Beavers enter dual meet season finale at No. 25 Washington

Feb. 8, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. -

SATURDAY, February 12

Oregon State Vs. Washington

Seattle, Wash.; 11 a.m. PST,

Oregon State enters the twilight of their 2004-05 season this weekend when they travel to Seattle for their last dual meet of the season against perennial Pacific Northwest rival the University of Washington (). This is the Beavers (6-5 overall, 1-4 Pacific-10) last competition to prepare for the all important Pacific-10 championships held two weeks from now in Seattle.

As much as either side would like to deny a rivalry, it's hard not to see some substantial implications of this dual. The way the Pacific-10 is structured with swimming and diving events both being counted into overall scores, that leaves teams such as Oregon State and Washington to fight for superiority at the bottom end of the rankings at the Pacific-10 championships. Therefore, making this dual meet a preview of what is to come in their fight for the 7th, 8th, or even 9th slot in the Pacific-10.

'There's no question, this is the biggest dual meet of the year,' OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'Maybe the only one that is important because of where it falls in relation to the Pac-10 championships.'

Oregon State and Washington have held dual meets against eachother every year for the past 24 years. To date, Oregon State has never won. While this doesn't sound like much of a rivalry, every year the results get closer and closer. Also, last year Oregon State placed ahead of Washington in the Pacific-10 championships.

'We have never beat Washington,' Liebowitz said. 'Last year we brought the meet to the last relay, but we didnt have enough depth to finish with the win.'

'This year I think if we can get it to the last relay, we have a better chance of winning.'

College Quick 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 Feb 2:

In the 200 freestyle, freshman Courtney Eads ranks 48th with her time of 1:49.43. Eads also ranks seventh in the 500 freestyle with her time of 4:45.91 and 20th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2.00:36. In the 100 backstroke, junior Ausra Pacebutaite ranks 28rd 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 41th so far this season. Freshman Felicia Castaneda ranks 36nd in the 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:03.50. Erika Wirth ranks 50th in the 100 butterfly with her time 55.80. In the 200 butterfly, Monica Miroslaw has the 31st-fastest time at 2:01.48. The Beavers' only All-American, Mari Embertson ranks 42nd 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 17th 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 23th in the 200 with a time of 1:43.64 and 18th in the 400 with a time of 3:46.11.

The History


Washington: A Pac-10 rival over the years, OSU has never beaten the Huskies in a dual meet. Last year at home the Beavers let the Huskies slip away in the last few events to lose, 121-141.

Not so long ago


Oregon State (6-5 overall, 1-4 Pacific-10) won 14 of the total 18 events held in three sessions over the two event in a double dual against Washington State (3-2 overall) and Idaho Jan. 29 at Stevens Natatorium. The Beavers got their first conference win of the season over Washington State, 199-124, and beat Idaho 207-114. The double dual featured all 18 events that will be swam at the Pacific-10 championships starting on February 23rd.

The Beavers got a total of 14 wins on the weekend. Season wins leader, freshman Courtney Eads, once again led the Beavers with a total of three event wins. Junior Christina Kinney swept the 100 and 200 Butterfly events taking first in both. Senior Kristin Huston also accumulated a total of two wins by taking the 50 and 100 freestyle. Sophomore Sandy Hong swam to a career best in 1650 freestyle en route to winning the event with a time of 17:00.90.

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


: 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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