Women's Swimming Opens Season at UOP Invitational

Oct. 15, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State women's swim team opens up its season at the University of the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. Friday and Saturday.

Competing at the invitational with Oregon State is Air Force, BYU, UC-Davis, Nevada, and the host team, University of the Pacific.

'It is a good chance for them to swim a lot of events,' Oregon State women's swimming head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'Because it is an invitational they can enter all the events that they like to swim. It helps us to focus our training for the next couple of months. We're racing teams that we match up very well against. We should feel confident in what we're doing.'

The Beavers are returning some key contributors from last year's squad. Senior Anna Crandall, who broke the oldest standing record last year with a 23.10 showing in the 50 freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships, also moved into first place on the all-time list in the 100 and 200 freestyle.

'Anna went to the NCAA's last year and had a really good summer of training,' Liebowitz said. 'I see her as being able to set up and be a scorer at the NCAA's this year.'

Britney Iverson returns for her senior season after recording five dual meet wins last year in the 200 individual medley.

'Britney has been one of our leaders over the past few years,' Liebowitz said. 'She did a really good job of training over the summer and right now looks like she is going really step into her own

Senior Signe Larson and junior Rachel Polack were named team captains.

Also returning are seniors Lisa Chewning, Nicole Pressprich, and Rachael Wahl, junior Keri Holmstrom and sophomore Sydney Boyce.

The Beavers are coming off of their annual Orange and Black intersquad meet last Saturday where they showcased their 11 newcomers.

One of the more accomplished newcomers is freshman Rachel O'Brien from Concord, Calif. She holds seven high school records and is a nine-time high school All-American in five different events.

'Rachel O'Brien was an Olympic trial qualifier,' Liebowitz said. 'We lost two pretty good swimmers for the butterfly in Kayla Rawlings and Saori Haruguchi so she will kind of slide right into that role. She is a good 100 and 200 in the fly, 100 and 200 in the backstroke, and she has good freestyle times.'

Another highly accomplished newcomer is Arianna Gorenc from Waukesha, Wis. She was a six-time high school All-American, two-time national champion and held the national record in the 200 free relay.

'Arianna is a sprinter primarily in the 50 and 100 freestyle but also pretty good at the breaststroke,' Liebowitz said. 'She has some real potential in helping us this year.'

Ivette Dailey-Deaton is a walk-on who has done a great job over the summer and just missed qualifying for the US National Championships. Her two best events are the butterfly and the individual medley.

After sitting out a year, Ashley Kerekanich is back on the squad and has worked hard to improve her times from two years ago.

'Ashley sat out last year but she is a really good sprinter,' Liebowitz said. 'She was our winner in the 50 freestyle at the intersquad meet and she didn't lose anything in her year off. We're expecting some good things from her.'

Other newcomers include freshman Margo Clinton, Amy Herbst, Carrie Kelsey, Amanda Rose, Ocean Trail, Marisa Warman, and TCU transfer Ellie Bradley.

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