Heller Receives Historic NCAA Invite

March 5, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore swimmer Anna Heller becomes the first Oregon State swimmer to advance to the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming Championship to compete in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events it was announce Thursday. The championships will be held March 18-20 in West Lafayette, Ind. and hosted by Purdue University.

'Her swim was two seasons in the making,' Oregon State swimming head coach Larry Liebowitz said after the announcement. 'Through consistent hard work and great determination she was able to make it happen.'

Heller set the school record in the 100 backstroke event last week at the Pac-10 Championships with a finals time of 53.39. Her time beat former Oregon State standout and Olympic participant Saori Haruguchi who set the previous record at the Pac-10 Championships in 2009.

Heller goes into the NCAA championship with the 21st best time in the country in the 100 backstroke and the 47th best time in the 200 backstroke.

Senior Anna Crandall was selected as an alternate for the 100 butterfly. She swam a provisional qualifying time of 53.25 at the Pac-10 Championships last week.

The NCAA Division I Women's Swimming Championship will be held March 18-20 in West Lafayette, Ind. and hosted by Purdue University.

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