Saori Haruguchi Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Feb. 27, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Saori Haruguchi of the Oregon State women's swim team qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 butterfly when she finished the event with a time of 51.97 during the third day of competition at the Pacific-10 Championships.

'They never stop and they continue to beat their times and they continue to perform,' head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'Today was a much better day, score wise, and our relay teams are continuing to have great splits.'

The Beavers improved as a whole in the 100 butterfly with three swimmers moving into the top five on the Oregon State all-times list. Anna Crandall moved into second when she finished the event with a time of 54.10, Kayla Rawlings moved into third, 54.31 and Jenni Dole moved into fourth, 54.38. Haruguchi holds the school record with a time of 51.33, which she set this evening.

Crandall continued to set school records when she finished the 200 freestyle in 1:46.12. Karri-Ann Benthin, Sydney Boyce, Marissa Eng, Kate Hagan, Keri Holmstrom and Brittney Iverson all set personal records during the 200 freestyle. Hagan moved into fourth on the Oregon State all-times list with her time of 1:49.58 during the event.

During the 400 individual medley, Iverson set a personal record when she finished the event in 4:18.52, moving her into third on the Oregon State all-times list. Anna Heller set a personal record when she finished the event in 4:19.30, along with Nicole Pressprich who finished the event in 4:24.83, cutting seven seconds off her pervious time.

Signe Larson moved into third on the Oregon State all-times list in the 100 breaststroke when she finished the event in 1:02.79. Agata Szewczuk moved into sixth on the list with a time of 1:03.76. Andria Breeden and Boyce also set personal records during the event.

Haruguchi improved her school record in the 100 backstroke when she completed the event in 53.41, beating her previous school record by more than a second. Dole moved into the second spot on the Oregon State all-times list with her time of 55.23. Heller moved into fourth, 55.90, while Pressprich moved into seventh, 57.43.

Oregon State finished the evening by setting another school record in the 400 medley relay when they finished the event with a time of 3:41.18. The group consisted of Dole, Larson, Haruguchi and Crandall.

The Beavers have set seven school records during the Pac-10 Championships.

After three days of competition, Oregon State is in eighth with 294 points.

Oregon State continues the Pac-10 Championships tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries and at 6 p.m. for the finals. Competition takes place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

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