OSU Swimming Outdone By Utah, 120-101

Nov. 3, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - - The Oregon State women's swimming team battled tough opposition and high altitude as the Beavers were handed their second dual meet defeat of the season by the Utah Utes on Friday night. OSU fell 120-101 and dropped to 1-2 in dual meets this year. OSU and Utah will swim again Saturday morning.

'Utah swam an awesome meet,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We didn't swim anywhere near what we're capable of. The high altitude was a factor, but regardless, we didn't race well. It was disappointing.'

OSU captured five races on the evening, but did not set any school records. Among the winners were freshman Birte Steven, who claimed both the 200-yard individual medley and the 200 breaststroke. Steven took the 200 IM in a time of 2:13.62 and won the 200 breaststroke in 2:23.17.

Steven now has seven wins this year, five of which came in the season-opening double dual with Pacific and San Jose State on Oct. 21.

Also contributing wins were Naya Higashijima in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:06.27, and Paula Finlay in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 2:11.54. OSU's fifth win came courtesy of its 400 medley relay team of Suzanne Starkey, Bonnie Renwick, Birte Steven, and Arianna Higuera that posted a time of 3:58.05.

OSU faced a scoring handicap to begin the night, as Utah dove against the Beavers. However, OSU would have lost by one point even had the Utes not been diving.

'We had a few bright points, but it's hard to see them after a mediocre performance,' Podkoscielny said. 'If we refocus and swim well tomorrow, we can come out of this with our heads up.'

UTAH 120, OREGON STATE 101(winners and Oregon State finishers)

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU (Starkey, Renwick, Steven, Higuera), 3:58.05, 3. OSU (Hsieh, Martinec, Severance, Hedlind), disqualified.

1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Kaiser, Utah 10:19.65, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU 10:24.10, 3. Jill McMinn, OSU 11:02.60, 4. Dana Stoddard, OSU 11:14.59.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Brin Blundell, Utah 1:54.80, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU 1:57.64, 3. Jill Personius, OSU 2:00.92, 5. Amy Imwalle, OSU 2:03.18.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Heidi Hausknecht, Utah 24.06, 4. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 24.97, 5. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 25.41, 6. Erin Buckley, OSU 25.47, 7. Trista Hedlind, OSU 25.63.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 2:13.62, 2. Kristen Severance, OSU 2:14.86, 5. Sarah Cohen, OSU 2:20.53.

1M DIVING - 1. Jill Collins, Utah 125.60.

200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 2:06.27, 3. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 2:14.61, 4. JillMcMinn, OSU 2:18.30.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Heidi Hausknecht, Utah 52.51, 2. Arianna Higuera, OSU 53.28, 5. Erin Buckley, OSU 55.37, 6. Trista Hedlind, OSU 55.54.

200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Paula Finlay, OSU 2:11.54, 4. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 2:15.41, 6. Amy Imwalle, OSU 2:21.88, 7. Jessica Randleman, OSU 2:23.66.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristen Kaiser, Utah 5:07.45, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU 5:19.89, 3. Jill McMinn, OSU 5:23.15, 4. Jill Personius, OSU 5:39.66, 6. Dana Stoddard, OSU 5:35.69.

200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 2:23.17, 2. Kristen Severance, OSU 2:25.40, 6. Sarah Cohen, OSU 2:40.42.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Utah (Hausknecht, Kaiser, Norton, Blundell), 3:31.67. 2. OSU A (Higuera, Finlay, Renwick, Buckley), 3:34.66, OSU B (Hsieh, Gustafson, Personius, Randleman), 3:48.05.

3M DIVING - 1. Jill Comins, Utah 163.62.

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