Swimming Rebounds For Win Against Utes, 153-126

Nov. 4, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - - The Oregon State women's swim team overcame a tough opponent and battled high altitude as it evened its dual meet record at 2-2 with a 153-126 win over Utah on Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Beavers lost Utah on Friday by a score of 120-101.

The Beavers captured eight of the 14 races on the day, and had two double winners. Freshman Birte Steven claimed the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke, while sophomore Paula Finlay took the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

'We swam much better today,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We came out and swam aggressively and controlled the races, yesterday we were too conservative.

'This was our second day in a row, so it was tough physically, but we rebounded well and swam our races rather than letting Utah take over.'

Steven won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.73 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:23.84. Finlay won the 200 backstroke in 2:10.86 and claimed the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.20. Steven has won nine races for OSU this year.

Also earning nine points for the Beavers with its win was the 200 medley relay team of Suzanne Starkey, Bonnie Renwick, Birte Steven, and Arianna Higuera, which finished in 1:48.97.

The other three Beavers to win Saturday were Jill McMinn in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:56.55, Naya Higashijima in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.11, and Suzanne Starkey with a time of 1:00.50 in the 100 backstroke.

Higashijima now has seven wins on the year, while Finlay and McMinn earned their first victories of the year. Starkey has two wins.

'We were solid across the board,' Podkoscielny said. 'It was a team effort today, they really came together after a tough loss yesterday and swam to their potential.'

The Beavers host Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Stevens Natatorium in a non-conference meet.

OREGON STATE 153, UTAH 126

(winners and Oregon State placers)

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU (Starkey, Renwick, Steven, Higuera), 1:48.97, 2. OSU (Hsieh, Martinec, Severance, Buckley), 1:52.81.

1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Jill McMinn, OSU 10:56.55, 2. Dana Stoddard, OSU 11:04.06, 4. Amy Imwalle, OSU 11:05.75.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 1:56.11, 4. Erin Buckley, OSU 1:59.62, 5. Jill Personius, OSU 2:02.20.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 1:00.50, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 1:01.16, 4. Kristin Martinec, OSU 1:04.67, 5. Jessica Randleman, OSU 1:05.72.

100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 1:04.73, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU 1:08.04, 3. Kristen Severance, OSU 1:08.11, 4. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU 1:09.08.

200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Erin Blundell, Utah 2:08.20, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU 2:13.73, 3. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 2:16.17, 4. Jill McMinn, OSU 2:16.98.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Heidi Hausknecht, Utah 24.66, 2. Arianna Higuera, OSU 25.09, 4. Trista Hedlind, OSU 25.77, 5. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 26.07, 8. Aubree Gustafson, OSU 27.44.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Sarah Norton, Utah 53.40, 2. Arianna Higuera, OSU 53.61, t3. Trista Hedlind, OSU 55.71, 5. Erin Buckley, OSU 55.93, 7. Jessica Randleman, OSU 57.81.

200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Paula Finlay, OSU 2:10.86, 4. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 2:16.32, 6. Amy Imwalle, OSU 2:21.87.

200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 2:23.84, 2. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU 2:26.78, 3. Kristen Severance, OSU 2:26.80, 5. Sarah Cohen, OSU 2:33.52.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristen Kaiser, Utah 5:09.99, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU 5:20.25, 3. Jill Personius, OSU 5:25.00, 4. Jill McMinn, OSU 5:30.12, 5. Dana Stoddard, OSU 5:33.47.

100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Heidi Hausknecht, Utah 57.15, 3. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 59.46, 4. Kristen Martinec, OSU 1:00.08, 5. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 1:01.53.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Paula Finlay, OSU 2:11.20, 2. Birte Steven, OSU 2:1.63, 6. Kristen Severance, OSU 2:19.13.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Utah (Hausknecht, Statkeviciuts, Norton, Blundell), 1:37.97, 3. OSU (Renwick, Finlay, Buckley, Hedlind), 1:41.26, 4. OSU B (Randleman, Hsieh, Higashijima, Personius), 1:44.94.

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