Swimming Finishes Seventh at Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 27, 2010

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Oregon State women's swim team finished seventh this year at the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships held at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif.

'It was another good day for our athletes,' Oregon State swimming head coach Larry Liebowitz said following the final day at the Pac-10 Championships. 'They continue to get personal and career bests and I'm really proud of them. It was a pretty spectacular year.'

Sophomores Jenni Dole and Anna Heller both set career bests in the 200-yard backstroke finals Saturday night. Dole finished 18th overall in the event with a time of 157.06 while Heller finished with a time of 159.50. Both times were good enough for provisional qualifying status to the NCAA Championships next month.

Senior Signe Larson finished 18th overall in the 200-yard breaststroke with a finals time of 2:16.69. She set her career best for the event during the preliminaries with a time of 2:16.22 which is a provisional qualifying time. Ellie Bradley and Lisa Chewning finished 19th and 22nd respectively.

Freshman Rachel O'Brien finished 18th overall in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.46 and Senior Brittney Iverson finished 21st with a time of 2:00.24. Both are provisional qualifying times.

The team of Crandall, Chewning, Dole and Iverson finished off the 2010 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships for the Beavers with a team season best time of 3:25.03 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Oregon State swimmers have set a number of career or season bests over the past three and a half days, a number of them being provisional qualifying times for the NCAA Championships. It is now a waiting game to see if they qualify and will advance on.

'We're fairly confident in the time that Anna Heller set in the 100-yard backstroke yesterday,' Liebowitz said. 'It also looks like Anna Crandall is going to be sitting on the bubble in her events so we're just going to have to wait until they send out invitations next week. It has been a very fun past three and a half days.'

Oregon State finished seventh overall at the Pac-10 Championships earning 431 team points. Stanford took home the title this year and winning it for the 17th time.

The NCAA Women's Swimming Championships will be held March 18-21 in West Lafayette, Ind. and will be hosted by Purdue University.

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