#7 OSU's recent defeat of #9 UCLA to take 2nd place in the Chicago Invitational (which #2 Stanford won), maintains the Beavers' position in the national rankings and keeps them on pace to challenge the best in the sport for an NCAA championship. There are four more meets, including the Pac-10 Championships, between now and April 2nd, when the Beavers host the NCAA West Regional in Gill Coliseum.
Their selection to host a regional gives the Beavers a home court advantage against the five other teams competing. This, together with the Beavers' strong performances this season, makes OSU a favorite to be one of the top two teams from the regional to go on to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, April 15-17. OSU competed in the 2010 championships, in Gainesville, Florida, which UCLA won.
Next up for the Beavers is a meet here in Corvallis on Friday the 25th at 7:00 pm against Washington, San Jose State, and UC Davis.