Beavers Swim Strong in Day Two of NCAA Championships

March 18, 2005

West Lafayette, Ind. - The second day of competition at the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Indiana yielded strong finishes for the three swimmers representing Oregon State. Senior Mari Embertson swam to 20th place finish in the 400 individual medley, freshman Courtney Eads finished 48th in the 200 freestyle, and freshman Felicia Castenada finished 19th in the 100 breaststoke. All three swimmers from Oregon State still failed to qualify for the finals heat, and so were unable to score any points at the meet.

Felicia Castenada swam well in her first NCAA championship appearance finishing 19th in the 100 breaststroke. Her time of 1:02.49 is her personal best time in the event and also moves her to second place all-time at Oregon State in the event. Caroline Bruce, a freshman from Stanford, won the event with a pool record time of 59.55.

Embertson continued to struggle at the meet with time of 4:18.68 in the 400 individual medley, the same event she finished seventh in at last year's meet. Kirsty Coventry, a senior from Auburn, eventually won the event with a pool record time of 4:04.48.

Courtney Eads also struggled today at the meet finishing nearly two seconds off her season best with a time of 1:51.05 in the 200 freestyle. Margaret Hoelzer, another senior from Auburn, won the event with another pool record time of 1:44.60. Eads will have another chance to place at the meet in the 200 butterfly tomorrow with prelims starting at 11 a.m. and finals resuming at 7 p.m.