Beavers Prepare for Two Weekend Meets

Photo By: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics   01-23-2014

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State swim team will return to the pool this week, as it heads to the Palouse for a pair of meets against Washington State and Idaho. The Beavers will face the Cougars Friday at 5 p.m., before taking on the Vandals Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Beavers are coming off a pair of meets in Arizona earlier this month. Oregon State defeated Northern Arizona, but fell to Arizona and New Mexico State on Friday Jan. 3 in Tucson, and then followed that up by losing to Arizona State on Saturday Jan. 4 in Tempe.

Senior Crystal Kibby led the Beavers in Tucson, recording three top-three finishes, including a first-place showing in the 200 IM. She followed that up with two second-place finishes in Tempe. Sophomore Sammy Harrison also made an impressive start to 2014, tallying a total of six top-three finishes over the course of the two meets, including an event win in the 1,000 freestyle against Arizona State.

Due to the cancellation of Oregon State’s home meet against BYU, the Beavers’ three outgoing swimmers, Kibby, Aya Fujimura and Erica Brannon, will be recognized prior to Friday’s meet in Pullman.

Kibby has made her way into the Oregon State record books, holding the second-best time in Oregon State history in the 100 breaststroke, the third-best time in the 400 IM and the fourth-best time in both the 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM.

Fujimura has received a number of honors as a member of the Oregon State swim team, earning the Coach’s Award as a junior, the Performance Award for the 400 freestyle relay as a sophomore and the Most Inspirational Award as a freshman.

Brannon has also made her way into the Oregon State record book, as she set Oregon State’s fourth-best 200 backstroke time and seventh-best 100 backstroke time last season.

Following this week’s action, the Beavers will compete in their final dual meet of the season Feb. 1 at Boise State, before the Pac-12 Championships begin Feb. 26.