Beaver Trio Heads to Indianapolis for U.S. Nationals

March 31, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Three Oregon State swimmers are headed to Indianapolis this week to compete against the best swimmers in the country at the 2005 World Championship Trials. Mari Embertson, Courtney Eads, and Felicia Castenada will be competing for a chance to represent the U.S. at this summer's World Championship and World University Games. The meet is being held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) natatorium starting April 1 and wrapping up April 6.

The trials will be held according to international long course standards. This means that the pool lengths will be 50-meters long instead of the popular college format of 25-yards. This adjustment is a crucial component to competing at the national level.

The three Oregon State swimmers will be competing in a total of seven events. Courtney Eads will take a on a large load of four events including the 100 butterfly, 200 freesyle, 200 butterfly, and the 400 freestyle. Eads is seeded highest in the 200 butterfly where she preliminarily ranks seventh. Senior Mari Embertson will be competing in the two medley events, the 200 and 400. Lastly, freshman Felicia Castenada will be competing in the 100 breaststroke where she is seeded 16th.

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