Swimming Sets Three School Records, Splits Double Dual With San Jose State And Pacific

Oct. 23, 2000

SAN JOSE, Calif. - - Oregon State's Naya Higashijima broke her own school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle and freshman Birte Steven set two OSU records in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke in a double-dual meet with San Jose State and the University of the Pacific on Saturday afternoon. OSU beat San Jose State 178-116 and lost to Pacific 151-111.

The Beavers downed San Jose State despite spotting the Spartans 32 points due to the fact that OSU does not have a diving team to compete with San Jose State.OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny was pleased with his team's performance in its first competition of the season.

'We went 1-1 and set three school records, which is great for the first meet of the season,' Podkoscielny said. 'I think this was the best first meet we've ever had. We had a great preseason training, but you never know until you get on the starting blocks.'

The Beavers (1-1) had five double winners against Pacific and San Jose State, starting with the 200 medley relay. The team of Suzanne Starkey, Birta Steven, Bonnie Renwick, and Arianna Higuera won with their time of 1:46.98.

Naya Higashijima, a sophomore, captured the 1,000 freestyle with a school record 10:16.59, 17 seconds faster than the second-place time. Higashijima held the old record of 10:19.63, which she set last year as a freshman.

Higashijima also won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.12.

Freshman Birte Steven captured two races, doing so in school-record fashion. She won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.23, which bettered the old school mark of 1:04.39 set last year by current sophomore Paula Finlay.

Steven's time of 2:17.29 in the 200 breaststroke was good enough for another school record and a double win. Finlay held the old mark of 2:20.09 as well.

OSU chalked up seven more wins over San Jose State including the five double victories by Higashijima, Steven, and the 200 medley relay team.

Earning victories over SJSU were Erin Buckley in the 200 freestyle, Starkey in the 100 backstroke, Higuera in the 50 freestyle, Finlay in the 200 backstroke, Higashijima in the 500 freestyle, Steven in the 400 individual medley, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Higuera, Starkey, Trista Hedlind, and Bonnie Renwick.

'We had a lot of times that were comparable to the last meet of the year last season,' Podkoscielny said. 'That's very encouraging, it was a great effort.'

OSU hosts its annual alumni meet Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. at Stevens Natatorium on the Oregon State campus. The Beavers continue their season competition Nov. 3-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah when they take on the University of Utah.

OREGON STATE 178, SAN JOSE STATE 116

(Winners and Oregon State finishers)

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU (Starkey, Stevens, Renwick, Higuera), 1:46.98, 3. OSU (Hsieh, Finlay, Personius, Buckley), 1:53.11. 1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 10:16.57, 3. Jill McMinn, OSU 10:48.05, 5. Amy Imwalle, OSU 10:51.93. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Erin Buckley, OSU 1:58.81, 2. Trista Hedlind, OSU 1:59.18, 3. Jill Personius, OSU 1:59.86. 100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 1:00.50, 3. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 1:00.90, 5. Jessica Randelman, OSU 1:05.15. 100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 1:03.23, 3. Paula Finlay, OSU 1:07.18, 4. Kristen Severance, OSU 1:07.37, Sarah Cohen, OSU 1:14.90. 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 2:03.12, 3. Jill McMinn, OSU 2:13.80, 4. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 2:15.53, Myriam Iglewski, OSU 2:29.00. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Arianna Higuera, OSU 24.64, 3. Erin Buckley, OSU 25.35, 4. Trista Hedlind, OSU 25.69, Erin Gustafson, OSU 26.79. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Charlotte Pierce, SJSU 52.82, 2. Arianna Higuera, OSU 53.16, 4. Erin Buckley, OSU 54.95, 5. Trista Hedlind, OSU 55.10. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Paula Finlay, OSU 2:07.77, 3. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 2:13.20, 4. Amy Imwalle, OSU 2:17.69. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 2:17.29, 2. Kristen Severance, OSU 2:24.88, 5. Sarah Cohen, OSU 2:32.26. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 4:59.74, 3. Jill Personius, OSU 5:19.94, 5. Jill McMinn, OSU 5:22.13. 100 FLY - 1. Charlotte Pierce, SJSU 57.42, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 58.66, 3. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 1:00.88. 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 4:29.86, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU 4:33.00, 4. Sarah Cohen, OSU 4:53.17. 200 FREE RELAY - 1. OSU (Higuera, Starkey, Hedlind, Renwick), 1:37.90, 4. OSU (Personius, Higashijima, Hsieh, Gustafson), 1,45.24.

PACIFIC 151, OREGON STATE 111

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU (Starkey, Steven, Renwick, Higuera), 1:46. 98, 3. OSU (Hsieh, Finlay, Personius, Buckley), 1:53.11. 1,000 FREE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 10:16.59, 3. Jill McMinn, OSU 10:48.05, 4. Amy Imwalle 10:51.93. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Errecart, UOP 1:52.38, 4. Erin Buckley, OSU 1:58.81, 5. Trista Hedlind, OSU 1:59.18, 6. Jill Personius, OSU 1:59.86. 100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Marshall, UOP 58.22, 3. Erin Buckley, OSU 1:00.50, 4. Jill Personius, OSU 1:00.90, 6. Trista Hedlind, OSU 1:05.15. 100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 1:03.23, 3. Paula Finlay, OSU 1:07.18, 4. Kristen Severance, OSU 1:07.37. HEAT 2, 100 BREASTSTROKE - Sarah Cohen, OSU 1:14.90. 200 FLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 2:03.12, 4. Jill McMinn, OSU 2:13.80, 5. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 2:15.53. 50 FREE - 1. Errecart, UOP 24.32, 2. Arianna Higuera, OSU 24.64, 5. Erin Buckley, OSU 25.23, 6. Trista Hedlind, OSU 25.69. 100 FREE - 1. Catalano, UOP 52.48, 2. Arianna Higuera, OSU 53.16, 4. Erin Buckley, OSU 54.95, 5. Trista Hedlind, OSU 55.10. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Marshall, UOP 2:06.67, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU 2:07.77, 5. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 2:13.20, 6. Amy Imwalle, OSU 2:17.69. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 2:17.29, 3. Kristen Severance, OSU 2:24.88, 6. Sarah Cohen, OSU 2:32.26. 500 FREE - 1. Errecart, UOP 4:58.56, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU 4:59.79, 5. Jill Personius, OSU 5:19.94, 6. Jill McMinn, OSU 5:22.13. 100 FLY - 1. Catalano, UOP 57:13, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 58.66, 5. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 1:00.88, 6. Aubree Gustafson, OSU 1:13.04. 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Matthews, UOP 4:27.85, 2. Birte Steve, OSU 4:29.86, 3. Paula Finlay, OSU 4:33.00, 6. Sarah Cohen, OSU 4:53.17. 200 FREE RELAY - 1. UOP (Errecart, Taylor, Avilla, Willey), 1:37.46, 2. OSU (Higuera, Starkey, Hedlind, Renwick), 1:37.90, 4. OSU (Personius, Higashijima, Hsieh, Gustafson), 1:45.24.

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