CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State swimming team will compete in its final meet of 2013 this week, as it travels south to take part in the Las Vegas Invitational. The event will pit the Beavers against swimmers from 10 other schools, including Pac-12 Conference foes Arizona State, California and UCLA. The meet will run from Thursday to Saturday, with each day featuring preliminary rounds in the morning, followed by event finals in the evening.
Oregon State is coming off a 174-88 victory over Seattle U on Nov. 8. Sophomore Sammy Harrison set a pool record in the 500 freestyle, recording a time of 4:52.32 in Seattle. Harrison will be looking to continue her undefeated run in the event this week, as she enters the invitational as the top seeded-swimmer in the 500 freestyle. Harrison will also make her season debut in the 1650 freestyle, after qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the event last season.
Senior Crystal Kibby enters the meet seeded in the top-five of four events. The Turner, Ore. native is seeded third in the 200 IM, fourth in both the 200 breaststroke and the 400 IM, and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Kibby won the 200 IM and placed second in both the 200 breaststroke and the 100 breaststroke in Seattle.
Junior Dakota Bloch set a season-best time of 10:42.81 in the 1000 freestyle against Seattle U, and will look to make a mark this week, as she is seeded 10th in the 500 freestyle and seeded 13th in the 200 freestyle. Aya Fujimura is seeded 10th in the 200 butterfly, after setting a season best with a time of 2:06.17 her last time out. The senior is also seeded 13th in the 100 butterfly. Freshman Czsarina Isleta enters the meet as the 11th-seed in the 200 breaststroke, while sophomore Amani Amr is seeded 12th in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke.
Following this week’s meet, the Beavers will be out of action until they compete at Arizona on Jan. 3.