OSU Swimming Signs Eight Student-Athletes, Five From Oregon

May 24, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - - Oregon State women's swimming coach Larry Liebowitz announced the addition of eight recruits to the team for 2005-06. Five of the students-athletes joining the team are from Oregon and two are from abroad.

Sarah Boam, Kelsey Tannehill, Corrinne Burrow, Ginny Connell, Kayla Rawlings, Julie McCauley, Agata Szewczuk, and Saori Haraguchi are all set to join the Beavers in the fall of this year.

'I think it's a very smart class and talented class,' OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'There are a lot of girls from Oregon and that was one of my goals; to have people thinking about Oregon State as a good swimming school'

Corrinne Burrow will be joining the team from Salem where she swam at both South Salem high school and the Salem Bearcasts club team. Burrow swims mainly breaststroke and medley events. She plans on studying Pre. Medicine while at Oregon State.

Burrow said that she wanted to come to Oregon State because it was a good school academically and that she wanted to partake in the competition that a Pacific-10 school had to offer.

Kelsey Tannehill, from Sherwood, OR., will be swimming the backstroke and freestyle events next yaer. Tannehill attends Sherwood high school and swims on the Yawama club team.

Tannehill said of her decision to come to OSU: 'My dad went to OSU, so I have been around OSU athletics my whole life', Tannehill said. 'I chose to come because of a great coaching staff and great team atmosphere.'

Sarah Boam, a middle distance freestyler and individual medley swimmer will be joining the team from Eugene, OR. Boam swam at North Eugene high school, the same school as teammate Erin Postma, and also competed on the Eugene City Swim Club team. She plans on studying Human Development and Family Sciences while at OSU.

Boam said she chose OSU because it was close to home, the great coaching staff, and it has a solid swimming program. She also liked the fact that OSU had a good academic offering for her academic goals.

Ginny Connel joins the team from Wilsonville, OR, where she swam for the Multnomah Athletic club team. Connel plans on swimming mostly distance freestyle at OSU. She plans on studying Engineering while at OSU.

Connel said of her plans to attend OSU: 'I really liked the coach and team. The program just fits well with my goals in swimming and academics.'

The Beavers are also adding transfer student Julie McCauley from Nebraska. McCauley, another Oregon product, will be swimming freestyle events.

Oregon State also added three swimmers from out of state. Kayla Rawlings hails from White Rock, B.C. where she swims for the Langley Olympians. She chose OSU because she wanted to stay on the West coast and she really liked the facilities that the campus had to offer.

Rawlings also added that coach Liebowitz's experience as a coach fit well with her goals as a swimmer.

Rawlings plans on swimming mainly mid-distance butterfly and sprint freestyle. She plans on studying Exercise and Sport Science while at OSU.

OSU added two swimmers from outside the U.S. Agata Szewczuk from Poland and Saori Haraguchi from Japan will be joining the squad in the fall.Haraguchi recently finished 3rd in the 200 fly, 5th in the 100 fly at Japanese World Championship Trials qualifying meet.

'We have some really talented girls who I think have the possibility to improve a lot in their first year,' Liebowitz said. 'I am very happy with the girls coming in and their attitudes towards work and their goals to improve.'

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