Swimming Travels to the Desert to take on Arizona Schools

Jan. 7, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's swim team heads south to take on the Arizona schools this weekend as it jumps back into Pac-10 competition.

Back in Dual Season: The Beavers start the 2010 season with two dual meets in the desert when they face off in a double-dual with the Arizona Wildcats and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in Tucson, Ariz. Friday, Jan. 8 starting at 2 p.m. at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Oregon State is 0-4 all-time against the Arizona and is 4-0 against Northern Arizona. The last meeting between the schools came last year when the Beavers fell 37-143 to the Wildcats and defeated the Lumberjacks 161-139.

The Beavers then take on Arizona State Saturday, Jan. 9 starting at 1 p.m. at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Ariz. Oregon State is 0-4 all-time against the Sun Devils after falling 91-197 last season.

Last Time Out: Oregon State was last in the pool in San Diego, Calif. when it took on UNLV and San Diego State at the end of its winter training trip. Senior Anna Crandall recorded her first two dual meet victories of the season in the 200y (1:50.13) and 50y (24.08) freestyle. She also finished second in the 100y freestyle with a time of 51.79. Senior Brittney Iverson picked up her second and third dual victories in the 200y butterfly (2:04.22) and the 200y (2:05.45) individual medley.

Keeping up with the Beavers: Junior transfer Ellie Bradley, has quickly taken over the top spot on the team in the 100 and 200y breaststroke after recording times of 1:04.11 and 2:18.23 respectively which places her into the top-10 all-time at Oregon State in those events.

After taking a year off, junior Ashley Kerekanich has made her presence known and has become one of the top sprint freestylers on the squad. Her time of 23.44 in the 50y freestyle is the best this season for Oregon State and catapulted her into the No. 4 spot on the all-time list.

Crandall leads all swimmers with four individual dual wins this season winning twice each in the 50 and 200y freestyle. The four wins this season give her 15 career dual wins.

Qualifying: Sophomores Jenni Dole and Anna Heller have met the `B' standard in the 100y backstroke for the NCAA Championships with times of 55.02 and 55.66 respectively. Both times were achieved leading off of 400y medley relays at the US Short Course Nationals in December. With six remaining dual meets and the Pac-10 Championships on the schedule, there is plenty of time for more qualifying times to be recorded.

Up Next: Following the trip to the desert, Oregon State returns home for its next two dual meets when it plays host to Lewis and Clark Jan. 18 starting at 11 a.m. and Seattle University Jan. 22 starting at 4 p.m. Both meets will be held in the Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus.

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