OSU swimming in Corvallis this weekend
Oregon State takes on Washington State, Idaho this weekend in Corvallis
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 01:01
Oregon State takes on Pac-12 rival Washington State and Idaho in back-to-back meets this weekend.
Coming off two losses this past weekend, the Beavers have one goal in mind.
“The goal is to win,” said senior Ocean Trail.
Trail posted two individual wins in freestyle events against Utah, and constantly sets the pace for the Beavers. Last season, Oregon State visited Washington State and came home with a victory.
“Obviously, Washington State’s our archrival, last year we went to their pool, and we jumped and won the meet,” said head coach Larry Liebowitz.
In the last matchup between the two, Oregon State won by a margin of 24 points, defeating the Cougars 143-119. However, Washington State has won five of the last seven meets against the Beavers.
“[Washington State] has gotten a lot better this year,” Liebowitz said. “It’s going to be a really close, hard meet this time and we’re going to have to be on our ‘A’ game.”
Washington State has only won three meets this season, but that’s two more official wins than the Beavers have. Oregon State will swim against Idaho on Saturday morning — not even a full 24 hours later — the Beavers will most certainly need to bring their “A” game.
“This weekend is going to be really competitive,” said senior Ivette Dailey-Deaton. “We most definitely have a chance to win, and this week I believe we can do so.”
Last weekend, Oregon State suffered losses against both BYU and Utah, and despite a string of three losses in a row, the Beavers still seem to have their heads held high.
“It was really a good weekend for us,” Liebowitz said. “They worked together as a team and cheered for each other, so yes, it was a good weekend for us.”
“I think we performed really well as a team and individually,” Trail said.
In lieu of winning the meets, Oregon State swimmers managed to post nine total individual wins, as well as a season-best time for freshman Sammy Harrison.
“[Harrison] is just getting faster and faster,” Liebowitz said. “She’s proving that she’s the athlete that I thought she was when I recruited her.”
Harrison posted a season-best 10:11.24 in the 1000-yard freestyle, beating her nearest opponent by a little over 36 seconds.
“We have the home advantage, so it’ll be awesome being in our home pool with all [of] our fans supporting us,” Trail said.
“Plus, it’s senior night, so it’ll feel really good to go fast,” Trail added.
The Beavers take on the Cougars tonight at 5 p.m. in Corvallis for their senior night matchup, and they turn around and swim against Idaho tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. in Corvallis.
Darryl Oliver III, sports reporter