CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State swimming team continues its 2015-16 season this week with a pair of meets in San Diego, Calif., as the Beavers prepare to compete at San Diego and San Diego State.
OSU will swim on Thursday at San Diego State at noon PT, and will follow on Friday with a 2 p.m. PT meet at San Diego on Friday. Joining the Beavers in competing in each meet is the Vanderbilt swimming team.
“We match up really well with all three of these teams,” Oregon State head coach Larry Liebowitz said. “If our swimmers race well, then we should be highly competitive and these meets could come down to the last relay. These should be very good meets – I'm very excited about them and I'm really looking forward to watching our swimmers race and win. Every single race is going to be important in these meets as even one point could make a difference.”
Last time out, the OSU swimming team seized wins in five events in a dual meet against Arizona State. Sammy Harrison led the Beavers with wins in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events, while Megan Lam won the 200 butterfly and Czsarina Isleta won the 200 breaststroke.
The Beavers' final win came in the 400 freestyle relay, swam by Harrison, Constance Toulemonde, Tair Maimon and Brooke Meyer.
“This week off allowed us to concentrate on some of things last week that we didn't do as well,” Liebowitz said. “We were able to continue to improve our conditioning. I think every week we get a little better, stronger and faster.”
San Diego, the alma mater of OSU assistant coach Jamie Jackson, is coming off a 33-24 setback in a long course pentathlon against San Diego State. Last season, the Toreros finished seventh at the MPSF Championships, while the Aztecs were Mountain West Champions.
Vanderbilt fell 193-69 in its season opener against the Florida swimming team. The Commodores closed its 2014-15 season with a 12th-place finish at the SEC Championships.
“I'm looking for each swimmer to continue to improve, get better at each race and try to get our hand on the wall ahead of the other team,” Liebowitz said. “They've done a great job in the weight room and the attitude and camaraderie in practices has been outstanding, so we're really looking forward to a good trip.”
After this week, next up for the Oregon State swimming team is a trip to Los Angeles, Calif. for a pair of meets next weekend. The Beavers swim at USC on Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. PT, and compete against UCLA and UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 24 at noon PT.