Cal freshman, Olympian Missy Franklin:
Oregon State head coach Larry Liebowitz:
Cal head coach Teri McKeever:
Oregon State senior Crystal Kibby:
Cal junior Melanie Klaren:
Courtesy: OSU Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sophomore Sammy Harrison recorded a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle Friday afternoon, as the Oregon State swim team fell to California 161-95 in its season-opening dual meet. Harrison finished the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:55.83. She also placed second in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:59.86.
“I’m opening this season with times close to the ones I was reaching in the middle of last season, and that’s encouraging,” Harrison said. “I am happy with where I’m at right now. I’m swimming really well, and there is still room for improvement.”
Senior Crystal Kibby recorded a trio of top-three finishes for the Beavers. The Turner, Ore. native took second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.11, before placing second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:20.68, beating four-time Olympic gold-medalist Missy Franklin in the event. Kibby also finished third in the 200 IM, notching a time of 2:08.39.
“Our goal today was to come out here, do our best, and give our best effort, and I think we did that today,” Kibby said. “I think we did a great job of coming in and focusing on our races, and I’m proud of our team for doing that. I’m excited to see what we can do for the rest of the season.”
Sophomore Amani Amr finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.80, before taking third in the 200 backstroke at 2:06.52. Freshman Czsarina Isleta opened her collegiate career with a pair of third-place finishes. Isleta placed third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.90, before taking third in the 200 breaststroke at 2:25.08, edging Franklin by 0.56 seconds. Fellow freshman Brooke Meyer placed third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:11.33.
The Beaver team of Amani, sophomore Constance Toulemonde, freshman Anni Hecker and Harrison placed third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.12), while the squad of Amani, Kibby, Meyer and freshman Andrea Young took third in the 200 medley relay (1:49.12).
“We have a very talented group, but they can continue to get a lot stronger,” said head coach Larry Liebowitz. “They can learn a lot from a meet like this. It’s good to set the bar high.”
The Beavers will host their Orange and Black Scrimmage on Oct. 5, before hosting Utah on Oct. 11.