Swimming Sends Three to NCAA Championships

March 6, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Saori Haruguchi, Anna Crandall and Kayla Rawlings will be making the trip to College Station, Tex. to compete at the NCAA Championships for the Oregon State women's swim team beginning Thursday, March 19 hosted by Texas A&M.

Senior Haruguchi will be making her fourth trip to the NCAA Championships. Last season she won the NCAA Championships in the 200 butterfly when she finished the race in 1:52.39, making Oregon State history by becoming the first swimmer to ever win an NCAA title. She is a seven-time All-American and will be competing in the 200 butterfly, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.

'She has had a brilliant career and we are looking for her to do very well at the meet,' head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'She is the NCAA Champion in 200 fly, but she has a big challenge this year because Elaine Breeden (of Stanford) broke the record by over two seconds at the Pac-10 Championships.'

Junior Crandall will be making her second appearance at the NCAA Championships. Two years ago, Crandall helped make Oregon State history by being part of the first relay team to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where she earned her first All-America title. This year she will be competing in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.

'This will be here second trip to the NCAA Championships,' Liebowitz said. 'She was a member of the 800 freestyle relay that went two years ago and she became an All-American. She certainly had great season this year and she broke three school records; the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle. I am looking for her to do very well at this meet.'

Senior co-captain Rawlings will be making her second appearance at the NCAA Championships. Rawlings was also part of the 800 freestyle relay that made Oregon State history and earned her an All-America honor. She will be competing in the 200 butterfly.

'This is the first time she is being invited to compete in an individual event,' Liebowitz said. 'She has been team captain for three years in a row and I am really proud of her efforts. I look forward to seeing her compete.'

Oregon State finished 21st last year during the NCAA Championships with 45 points.

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