Beavers to travel to Hawaii to train and compete

Dec. 10, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m.

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It's off to Hawaii for the Beavers (2-2 overall, 0-2 Pacific-10) where they stay on the island of Honolulu for 11 days for winter training, a little vacationing, and a meet mixed in. The Beavers will face non-conference opponents Hawaii (1-1 overall), Dartmouth (0-4 overall) , and Rice (1-1 overall) in a quadruple meet on Dec. 16.

While in Hawaii, the Beavers will maintain a daily double practice schedule, with every third afternoon off for some free-time and vacationing.

'The main objective of the trip is training,' OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'Its a great location to train and they swim outdoors, which is a treat for the girls.'

'It's a great chance to improve,' Liebowitz said. 'We will be able to get more volume in our practices and the girls will have fewer distractions with school out for the term.'

This trip marks the half-way mark of their season before the Beavers enter the tough dual meet schedule ahead featuring Arizona, Arizona State, and Washington.

'All of our season goals are in reach now due to our great start of the season' Liebowitz said. 'We just need to keep on improving.'

In other news from Beaver swimming. Assistant coach Magdalena Modelska will be getting married during the trip in Hawaii.


Several Oregon State swimmers rank in the top 50 times so far this season as listed by the College Quick 50, published by Stu Corliss or Taper & Shave. As of Dec. 8.

Starting in the 50 Freestyle, senior Kristin Huston ranks 49th with her season best of 23.43. In the 200 Freestyle freshman Courtney Eads ranks 39th with her time of 1:49.43. Eads also ranks 7th in the 500 freestyle with her time of 4:45.91 and 18th in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2.00:36. In the 100 backstroke, junior Ausra Pacebutaite ranks 24th with her time 55.58. Pacebutaite also has a top time in the 200 backstroke with her school record time of 2:01.01 which is good enough to place her 37th so far this season. Felicia Castenada ranks 30th in the 100 Breaststroke with her time of 1:03.50. Erika Wirth ranks 46th in the 100 Butterfly with her time 55.80. In the 200 Butterfly Monica Miroslaw has the 22nd fastest time at 2:01.48. The Beavers only All-American, Mari Embertson ranks 36th in the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 4:21.78.

The OSU relays have been a focal point for the team this year and they have been performing up to national standards. Several of the relays rank in the top 20 of the College Quick 50. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, the Beavers rank 18th with a time of 1:33.77. In the 400 Freestyle Relay, the Beavers rank 16th with a time of 3:24.27. The Beavers time if 7:30.56 is good enough for 27th in the 800 Freestyle relay. Then in the Medley Relays, the Beavers rank 17th in the 200 with a time of 1:43.64 and 18th with a time of 3:46.11.


DartmouthOregon State has an all-time record of 1-0 vs. Dartmouth. Last season, the Beavers beat the Big Green 74-21at Honolulu, Hawaii.

HawaiiOregon State has an all-time record of 2-1-0 against Hawaii, with their only loss coming last year when the Warriors were ranked No. 24.

RiceThis is the first meeting against the Rice Owls for Oregon State.

Not so long agoOREGON STATE AT THE SPEEDO CUP (2nd of 18) Oregon State had a strong performance at the Speedo cup this year that included a total of nine wins and six school records. Courtney Eads and Ausra Pacebutaite set two records a piece and both contributed to the stellar performance of the relays. The Beavers relay teams chalked up 3 wins and two set two school records. Improving the performance of the relays was an important goal for both the team and coach Liebowitz.

Overall the Beavers finished second at the Speedo Cup to the perennially top-ranked, No. 6 Stanford Cardinal.

OREGON STATE AT U.S. OPEN (72nd of 107)

Freshman Courtney Eads saved her best for last at the U.S. Open when she finished third in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:15.24. The third place finish for Eads was her best placing at the U.S. Open. Her time qualifies for an 'A' standard in the event and also scores Oregon States only points at the meet.

The third place finish for Eads capped off a successful meet where she finished 28th in the 200 freestyle, 29th in the 100 Butterfly, 23rd in the 400 freestyle, then culminated her performance with a third place finish today in the 200 Butterfly.

Leading the way

HEAD COACH Larry Liebowitz:

Liebowitz, who has extensive internationaland club coaching experience, spent the last 8 seasons as assistant head coach for the women's and men's programs at Southern California before coming to Oregon State in the summer of 2003. He is in his second season as OSU's head coach.

In Liebowitz's first season at Oregon State, the Beavers had their best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships by placing 20th and matched their best-ever finish at the Pacific-10 Championships by placing seventh. OSU is now 8-5 in dual meets under Liebowitz; the Beavers had a 7-4 dual record during Liebowitz's debut season at Oregon State.

In 2002-03, Liebowitz helped guide the USC women to third-place finishes in the NCAA Championships and the Pacific-10 Championships. The Trojan men's team was third in the Pac-10 and fifth at the NCAAs.

Liebowitz, 53, served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's team at the 1999 Pan American Games and was also an assistant coach at the 1997 World University Games. He was coach of the United States men's team in the 1995 Pan Am Games and coach of the 1988 Costa Rica Olympic team.

Even Stevens

STEVENS NATATORIUM: Oregon State swims its home meets at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus. OSU has an all-time record of 13-5 in the pool after going 1-1 there during the 2003-04 season.

Stevens Natatorium is adjacent to Dixon Recreation Center, near Gill Coliseum. The pool opened in 1994 but was not outfitted for competition until prior to the 1999-2000 season.

OSU had scheduled its home meets at Corvallis' Osborn Aquatic Center since the community pool opened for the 1979-80 season. A few meets were still held on campus at Langton Pool.

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