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Corvallis — Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes announced Friday that men’s soccer coach Steve Simmons will not be retained.

“A change in leadership is a very difficult decision, but after careful review of the program we felt it was best to move in another direction,” Barnes said. “We thank coach Simmons for his dedication to our men’s soccer program and university, and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Simmons completed his ninth season at the helm earlier this month, compiling an overall record of 67-82-15 and leading the Beavers to one NCAA tournament appearance in 2014.

Current Beaver assistant coach Ben Stoddard has been named interim head coach for the men’s soccer program. Stoddard finished his fourth season with the team in 2017 and came to OSU after serving two years as the graduate assistant coach for his alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan.

OSU will immediately embark on a national search to find a new head coach.

Swimming

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Sophomore Felicia Anderson and junior Arianna Letrari led the Beavers on the first day of the Husky Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center.

They posted NCAA B Standard times as Letrari touched the wall in 2:00.94 in the 200 IM while Anderson clocked a time of 54.42 in the first leg of the 400 medley relay as the backstroke specialist.

Letrari placed ninth in the 200 IM ‘B’ final, besting her previous PR by almost 10 seconds. Anderson placed 13th in the same event with a time of 2:04.89, also setting a new PR.

Sophomore Merritt Allen was the third Beaver to place in the finals as her time of 5:05.45 in the 500 free ‘C’ final earned her the 20th position.

Anderson and Rodriguez teamed up with freshman Fernanda Rodriguez and senior captain Noemie Midrez in the 400 medley relay to place sixth in 3:50.39. OSU is sixth in the team race with 141 points.

The meet continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Wrestling

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Oregon State wrestling team was eliminated from further competition on Friday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Heavyweight Cody Crawford went 4-2 and advanced to the fourth round of consolations before losing his second match.

Three other Beavers made it to the third round of consolations: 141-pounder Jack Hathaway, 149-pounder Kurt Mode and 184-pounder Seth McLeod. Hathaway went 1-2; Mode and McLeod went 2-2.

The Beavers return to action at Michigan on Dec. 10. The Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 17) and the Midlands Invitational (Dec. 29-30) conclude competition for the calendar year.

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