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OSU swimming: Beavers fall again to Bears

OSU swimming: Beavers fall again to Bears

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BEAVERTON - For the second time in as many days, the Oregon State swim team went up against Pac-12 counterpart California.

This time, the two schools met at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, although it was not scored as a conference dual.

"Getting to race against California twice in one weekend really lets us see how strong we need to be," OSU coach Larry Liebowitz said. "It shows what we need to improve so I think that it is very worthwhile to swim them early in the year."

Jenni Dole served as a highlight for the Beavers with her performance in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. Dole placed second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.45 and then went on to win the 100 backstroke, beating out NCAA runner-up Deborah Roth with a time of 57.49.

"We learned that we can be very competitive and we can swim with the best that California has," Liebowitz said. "I think this was a good weekend for Beaver swimming."

Shelby Webber also had a good performance in her second collegiate meet of her career. Webber placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.05. She placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.24.

Crystal Kibby and Dakota Bloch also placed in the top three in their respective events. Kibby placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.81 and Bloch was third in the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:40.95.

Rachel O'Brien placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.87 and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.84.

The Beavers return to action on Oct. 22 when they head to Santa Barbara, Calif.


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