Swimming Gets 156-106 Win Over Nevada, Improves Dual Meet Record To 3-2.

Nov. 11, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Freshman Birte Steven broke her own school record in the 100-yard breaststroke as the Oregon State women's swimming squad improved to 3-2 in dual meets this year with a 156-106 victory over the University of Nevada on Saturday afternoon at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus.

The win marks the first time since the 1979-80 season that the Beavers have defeated Nevada, improving OSU's record in the series to 2-9 all time.

'We've moved up,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We've definitely improved since the last time we swam. This is a different team, we're a lot stronger across the board and we were able to challenge them. I thought it would be a lot closer, but our girls came out on fire. It's a tribute to them. They didn't let Nevada come in here and dictate how the meet was going to go, so it was a great effort.'

Steven swam to a 1:03.22 in the 100 breaststroke to set the OSU record and claim one of her three wins on the day. Steven, who now has 12 race wins on the year, broke her old mark of 1:03.23, which she set on Oct. 21 in a double dual meet with San Jose State and Pacific. Steven won the 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley as well with times of 2:18.92 and 4:30.08, respectively.

'She's swimming well, and she's capable of going so much faster,' Podkoscielny said of the lone freshman on the squad. 'She's just barely tapped into her potential.

'She's pretty broken-down, and so is the rest of the team,' Podkoscielny continued. 'They're pretty tired, so we're looking for some great performances at the Speedo cup after we back off a little bit and give them a little bit of rest.'

The Beavers won 10 of the 14 races on Saturday, including two wins by Arianna Higuera in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Higuera, a senior, won with a time of 24.58 in the 50 free and 52.91 in the 100 free. Other winners were Suzanne Starkey in the 100 backstroke (59.43), Naya Higashijima in the 200 butterfly (2:02.25), and Bonnie Renwick (58.93) in the 100 butterfly.

OSU's team of Starkey, Steven, Renwick, and Higuera took the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:54.23 to start the meet, and Renwick, Higashijima, Erin Buckley, and Higuera completed the bookend by winning the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:34.54 to finish the meet.

Bonnie Renwick earned a spot on the school's top-10 performers list in the 100 backstroke with her second-place time of 59.73.

Nevada's Ping Luo won the 1,000 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, while Leticia Cunha won the 200 freestyle and Jackie Walk took the 200 backstroke.

Podkoscielny was pleased with how his team was able to finish races on Saturday.

'Nevada was finishing races strong as well, but we were able to pick it up,' Podkoscielny said. 'That's what we've been working on. What it does to the other team is to make them swim your races. It takes them out of their comfort zones. That's what we did today, we were able to put pressure on them up front and make them change their strategy. When you start doing that, you're in control of the race.'

The Beavers next competition will be at the Speedo Cup in Long Beach, Calif., from Nov. 30-Dec. 2. OSU's next home meet will be Saturday, Jan. 27 against Fresno State at 11 a.m.

OREGON STATE 156, NEVADA 106

(Winners and Oregon State placers)

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU A (Starkey, Steven, Martinec, Higuera), 3:54.23, 3. OSU B (Finlay, Severance, Hsieh, Hedlind), 4:04.92.

1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Ping Luo, Nevada 10:08.70, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU 10:23.33, 4. Jill McMinn, OSU 10:47.88, 5. Amy Imwalle, OSU 10:49.54, 6. Dana Stoddard, OSU 10:58.01.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Leticia Cunha, Nevada 1:55.50, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU 1:56.35, 4. Jill Personius, OSU 1:59.48, 5. Erin Buckley, OSU 1:59.61, 7. Aubree Gustafson (exhibition), OSU 2:06.86.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 59.43, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 59.73, 5. Kristen Martinec, OSU 1:03.88, 6. Vanessa Polvi (exhibition), OSU 1:04.40, 7. Jessica Randleman, OSU 1:04.86.

100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 1:03.22 (school record), 3. Kristen Severance, OSU 1:07.67, 4. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU 1:08.79, 7. Sarah Cohen, OSU 1:16.01.

200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 2:02.25, 4. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 2:12.96, 6. Jill McMinn, OSU 2:14.95, 7. Myraim Iglewski (exhbition), OSU 2:29.96.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Arianna Higuera, OSU 24.58, 4. Erin Buckley, OSU 25.50, 5. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 25.77, 8. Trista Hedlind, OSU 26.28.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Arianna Higuera, OSU 52.91, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 53.77, 4. Erin Buckley, OSU 55.45, 6. Jill Personius, OSU 56.39.

200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Jackie Walk, Nevada 2:06.59, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU 2:08.58, 3. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 2:14.62, 5. Vanessa Polvi (exhibition), 2:16.78, 7. Jessica Randleman, OSU 2:20.88.

200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 2:18.92, 4. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU 2:25.44, 5. Kristen Severance, OSU 2:27.16, 7. Sarah Cohen, OSU 2:34.66.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Ping Luo, Nevada 2:23.67, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU 4:58.65, 4. Jill McMinn, OSU 5:17.28, 5. Amy Imwalle, OSU 5:20.02, 6. Jill Personius, OSU 5:23.97.

100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 58.93, 2. Kristen Martinec, OSU 59.45, 6. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 1:01.05, 8. Myriam Iglewske (exhibition), OSU 1:08.37.

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 4:30.08, 3. Paula Finlay, OSU 4:35.81, 7. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU 4:47.87, 8. Sarah Cohen, OSU 4:58.62.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. OSU A (Renwick, Higashijima, Buckley, Higuera) 3:34.54, 4. OSU B (Personius, Randleman, Hsieh, Imwalle) 3:46.31, 5. OSU C (Polvi, Hedlind, Starkey, Gustafson) 3:48.31.

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