Beavers Continue To Break Onto All-Times List

Jan. 16, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - After two days of competition at the Husky Invitational, the Oregon State women's swim team has qualified six swimmers for the NCAA Championships in the B standards, and currently sits in fourth with 654 points.

'Today was better than yesterday,' head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'The most notable was Anna (Crandall) in the 200 free and 100 fly in the prelims. It was a really good day with a couple of the freshmen having spectacular days. It was a really good day with a lot of people in finals. The times are very good and I think we are in really good shape to have our biggest team ever at the NCAA's.'

Anna Crandall continued to show her strengths in the 200 freestyle, finishing the race with a time of 1:48.65, placing her second on the all-times list, as well as the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.05 and moving her into second on the list, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships B standards in both events.

Freshman Anna Heller continues to improve in the pool by consecutively slashing seconds off her times. During the 100 backstroke, Heller moved into fifth on the Oregon State all-time list, 56.76, and into sixth in the 400 individual medley, 4:21.08, also qualifying her for the B standards for the NCAA Championships.

Another newcomer to the team, Jenni Dole, also continues to move up the all-times list in her events, including the 100 butterfly, now fourth with a time of 55.27, and in the 100 backstroke, now third with a time of 55.64, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships B standards in both events.

Signe Larson also moved onto the all-times list in the 100 breaststroke when she finished the race in 1:03.71, moving her into the fifth position. Kayla Rawlings also moved onto the list in the 100 butterfly, fifth in 55.29, qualifying her for the NCAA's B standard, along with Rachael Wahl who qualified in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:18.91, moving her into fourth on the Oregon State all-times list. Wahl also moved into sixth on the list in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.38.

'It's pretty exciting to see people breaking into the top 10 and moving up,' Liebowitz said. 'It tributes to the hard work and the ethic and talent we have.'

The Beavers began the evening with a fourth place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.79. The group consisted of Dole, Larson, Haruguchi and Crandall as the anchor, while the All-American foursome of Saori Haruguchi, Rawlings, Brittney Iverson and Crandall ended the day with a third place finish in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:23.43.

Oregon State will compete in the final day of competition at the Husky Invite Saturday, Dec. 6, with the preliminaries beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the finals following at 6 p.m.

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