Beavers Out Touch Cougars for Win

Jan. 31, 2009


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Saori Haruguchi won all three of her events during the Oregon State women’s swim team victory over Pacific-10 Conference Washington State by a score of 131.5-130.5 at Stevens Natatorium, Saturday.


“It was a very hard fought meet,” head coach Larry Liebowitz said. “They pushed us to our limit and we swam very well and were able to beat them. I am very happy and very proud of our women.”


The Beavers swept the Cougars during the first four events of the afternoon with the group of Jenni Dole, Signe Larson, Haruguchi and Anna Crandall touching first during the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.73. Anna Heller, Agata Szewczuk, Rachael Wahl and Keri Holmstrom followed in third in 1:49.04.


Kate Hagan continued the streak with a win during the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:22.40, beating the second place finisher by 11 seconds. The win was Hagan’s first dual win on the season. Karri-Ann Benthin set a new personal record during the event when she finished the race in 11:17.12, beating her previous record by nearly three seconds.


Crandall and Brittney Iverson took the first and second place finishes during the 200 freestyle with Crandall finishing the event in 1:50.80, while Iverson followed in 1:52.28. With the win, Crandall earned her fifth career dual win in the event.


Haruguchi followed order with her 13th career dual win in the 100 backstroke, finishing the event in 55.43 and setting a new season record.


Kayla Rawlings earned her 18th career dual win during the 200 butterfly, beating the second place finisher by more than one second. Wahl finished the event in third in 2:06.70, while Iverson finished in a close fourth with a time of 2:06.84.


Haruguchi continued to build on to the Beaver lead with her 19th career win in the 200 backstroke when she finished the event with a time of 1:59.53, setting a new season record. She rounded out her afternoon with a victory in the 100 butterfly, her ninth career win.


Iverson finished the individual events with a win in the 200 individual medley, the sixth of her career, to extend the lead for Oregon State going into the final event. Heller finished the event in third, 2:07.93, while Wahl finished in fifth, 2:08.71.


During the 400 freestyle relay, Oregon State finished in third to seal the victory for the Beavers. The group consisted of Rawlings, Dole, Hagan and Iverson. Lisa Chewning, Holmstrom, Corrinne Burrow and Szewczuk finished the event in fourth, 3:33.63.


Oregon State competes again Saturday, Feb. 7, at Boise State beginning at noon.



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