Oregon State Swimming stays afloat over Vandals

Oregon State and Idaho swimmers swim neck-and-neck to try and grab a win for their team. The Beavers were the ones to walk away victorious from the meet with a final score of 159.5-96.5.

Lillian Nomie, Sports Contributor

On Saturday morning, the Oregon State swim team beat the University of Idaho in a Dual Meet at the Osborn Aquatic Center with a final score of 159.5-96.5.

The win puts the Beavers’ overall record at 4-7 with their Pac-12 record remaining the same at 0-5.

Junior Felicia Anderson from Portland, Ore. won both the 100m and 200m backstroke.  She was also apart of the winning 200m freestyle relay.

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“I felt pretty good about my races, they were better than yesterday so that felt good. Two day meets are hard. Moving through them you have to stay positive and take one race at a time,” Anderson said. “We had a fun team dinner together last night which was good to go over what we did well and what we could do better today. That was really helpful. Then showing up and having a lot of fun. That’s what this meet was about and it really showed.”

Lauren Yon, a freshman from Sweet Home, Ore. had the winning time of 5:09.28 in the 500m freestyle and 4:32.2 in the 400m individual medley.

“Today I felt I came in with the intention of swimming for the team today, just reminding myself that it’s not for me it’s for the team,” Yon said. “We had a team meeting earlier this week going over our goals and what our culture is as a team and keeping that focus going into this weekend.”

OSU Head Coach Jennifer Buffin said she was proud of the way the girls worked together as a team today.  

“I think last night was a little more about race plans and how we are going to be the fastests we can be. The strategy today was just to race, can we get events, can we get our hand on the wall,” Buffin said. “It’s not just about the top person. It’s really important to me that we try and build this culture where everybody understands that they have a roll. Even if they aren’t winning the event how do they support the people who are and how do they support the team’s overall goal, which was to win this week.”

The Beavers will be competing at the University of Utah on Saturday Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.