SEE IT BEav IT: Saori Haruguchi
NCAA Champion. Olympian. Beaver.
Saori Haruguchi went down as one of the most decorated student-athletes in Oregon State history. An All-American in five different events, Haruguchi competed on the OSU swimming team from 2006-09 under the guidance of head coach Larry Liebowitz.
A native on Onojo, Fukuoka, Japan, Haruguchi's biggest athletic achievements came in 2008. She started off the year by becoming the first swimming champion in Oregon State history, clocking a time of 1:52.39 in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Championships, setting a new meet record.
But the best was still yet to come.
Later that spring, Haruguchi pulled off a surprise victory over rival Maiko Fujino in the 400 individual medley at the Japanese Olympic Trials – clearing the FINA A-Standard time and earning a spot in the Beijing Olympics.
In Beijing, Haruguchi placed 27th in the 400 IM, taking seventh in her heat.
"I was like a go-getter, had adrenaline and a goal, passionate about it," said Haruguchi following the 2008 Olympics. "Now, I'm just relaxed. I don't have goals. I'm a totally different person. There are so many more things I can learn."
Haruguchi is being showcased in conjunction with OSU's SEE IT, BEav IT initiative, marking the 50th anniversary of Title IX. It will focus on celebrating the stories of OSU prominent women's athletes and athletics.
"Title IX set the stage for important growth, and we are grateful to all of the pioneers of women's athletics who helped create opportunities for our current generation of student-athletes," said OSU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Barnes.
"We look forward to sharing the stories of some of our outstanding past and present female student-athletes, coaches and staff members throughout the 2022-23 year."
Overall, Haruguchi ended her career with a total of 10 All-America honors, spanning the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400 IM, 200 IM and 800 freestyle relay. She is one of nine Oregon State swimmers to earn All-America honors during the prorgram's 35-year existence.
Haruguchi graduated from Oregon State with a degree in human development and family science.