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Oregon State Swimming
(LONG BEACH, Calif.) - Junior Jenni Dole set the Oregon State school record in the 200 backstroke Saturday at the Arena Invitational at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. She finished with a time of 1:55.64 in the event finals beating her own school record in the process as the Oregon State swim team finished seventh at the invitational.
Dole’s time of 1:55.64 in the 200 backstroke event is a NCAA B-cut qualifying time. It is her third individual B-cut qualifying time (100 butterfly, 100 and 200 backstroke) to go along with two relay B-cut qualifying times (200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay).
Freshman Chelsea Garza led off competition for the Beavers Saturday when she swam a personal best time of 18:12.18 in the 1,650 freestyle. Amy Herbst finished the event with a time of 18:24.74.
Freshman Erica Brannon set a personal best time of 2:01.85 in the 200 backstroke in her event finals race. Garza and Margo Clinton finished the event with times of 2:11.62 and 2:12.50 respectively.
Senior Keri Holmstrom set a personal best time of 50.81 in the 100 yard prelims and followed it up with a time of 51.28 in the event finals to finish 16th overall. Sophomore Ocean Trail also set a personal best time with her time of 51.15 in the event finals.
Freshman Crystal Kibby set a personal best in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:20.40 and finished 21st overall with her time of 2:20.49. Marisa Warman and Megan Elliott swam times of 2:24.65 and 2:27.75 which are both season bests.
Sophomore Rachel O’Brien recorded a NCAA B-cut qualifying time with her time of 1:58.02 in the event finals of the 200 butterfly. She finished third overall in the event with the personal best time.
The Beavers finished competition at the Arena Invitational with an eighth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The group of Holmstrom, Ashley Kerekanich, Trail and Dole, swam a season best time of 3:25.69.
Oregon State finished with 435 total points for the invitational which was good for seventh overall out of 19 collegiate teams competing.
The Beavers now have over a month off from competition before coming back after the New Year when they travel to Tucson, Ariz. to take on Arizona and Northern Arizona.
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