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ATLANTA, Ga. — Senior Sammy Harrison of the Oregon State swimming team opened competition at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming Championships with a 32nd-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday from the McAuley Aquatic Center.

Harrison registered her finish among the field of 68 swimmers with a time of 4:43.81, marking the fourth fastest time in school history. The Henderson, Nev. native now owns five of the top-10 times in the event in school history, with four of those times coming this season. Harrison owns a top time of 4:41.85 this season, and set the program record with a time of 4:39.10 last season.

Her finish in the event was second among all Pac-12 swimmers, improving upon a third-place finish in the event at the Pac-12 Championships. The only Pac-12 competitor to edge Harrison on Wednesday was Arizona’s Bonnie Brandon (4:43.58).

The 500-yard freestyle is the first of three events Harrison was invited to compete in this weekend. She continues her NCAA Championships campaign with the 200-yard freestyle on Friday and wraps up competition with her signature event, the 1,650-yard freestyle, on Saturday.

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