Beavers Struggle in First Day of NCAA Championships

March 17, 2005

West Lafayette, Ind. -

Two Oregon State swimmers were in action Thursday morning in the first day of the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Indiana. Senior Mari Embertson swam in the 200 individual medley preliminaries and freshman Courtney Eads competed in the 500 freestyle preliminaries.

Embertson and Eads both failed to qualify for their event finals held later in the evening, as a result no points have been scored for Oregon State thus far. Embertson finished in 41st place in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.68. The eventual winner of the event, Kristy Coventry, a senior from Auburn finished with a pool record time of 1:54.37 Eads swam to a 43rd place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time 4:52.33. Emily Mason, a senior from Arizona finished first in the event with another pool record time of 4:37.11.

All three swimmers representing Oregon State will be in action tomorrow when the meet resumes with event preliminaries at 11 a.m. (Eastern) and then the finals at 7 p.m..(Eastern) Mari Embertson will be swimming in the 400 individual medley. Embertson will look to improve on her seventh-place finish in the event from last year. Courtney Eads will also continue her postseason with an appearance in the 200 freestyle. Lastly, freshman Felicia Castenada will be swimming in the 100 breaststroke in her first NCAA championship appearance.



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