Swimming Sinks Miami And College Of Charleston To Improve To 5-2

Dec. 17, 2000

MIAMI, Fla. - - The Oregon State women's swim team blew by the University of Miami and the College of Charleston in a double dual meet on Sunday in Miami, Fla., boosting its dual meet record to 5-2 this year.

OSU claimed a 154-124 win over Miami, and notched a 160-129 victory over the College of Charleston. The Beavers overcame 32-point deficits against both schools due to the fact that OSU does not field a diving squad.

'We had a good performance today,' head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'It was solid all the way around, it was a great win.'

Oregon State claimed eleven races against Miami and the College of Charleston, as the Beavers had four swimmers win two events. OSU swam exhibitions in the three races it lost - the 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 200 individual medley, therefore OSU's times did not score points in those events.

The three schools swam simultaneously, therefore OSU's times were the same against both opponents.

Arianna Higuera cruised to wins in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, winning with times of 24.34 and 54.24, respectively, while Paula Finlay took the 200 freestyle and the 200 backstroke with times of 1:56.70 and 2:10.72.

Birte Steven and Naya Higashijima also claimed two wins apiece. Steven took home the 100 (1:04.27) and 200 breaststrokes (2:20.39), giving her a team-leading 18 wins on the season. Higashijima earned a victory in the 1,650 freestyle with her 17:26.76 effort, and also won the 200 butterfly in 2:05.12. The sophomore now has 12 wins on the year - good for second on the squad.

Suzanne Starkey captured the 100 backstroke in 59.82, while the 400 medley relay team of Starkey, Steven, Renwick and Higuera, and the 400 freestyle relay squad of Starkey, Renwick, Finlay, and Higuera won as well.

OSU was equally as dominant against the College of Charleston, as the Beavers rolled to eleven wins en route to their 160-129 victory. As was the case against Miami, OSU swam exhibitions.

Higuera, Finlay, Higashijima, and Steven each claimed two races against Charleston.

Sheila Tehranchi moved into fifth place on the school's all-time top-10 performers list in the 100 breaststroke with her second place time of 1:06.97.

OSU is back in action on Monday, as they take on Coe College in Coral Springs, Fla., at 9 a.m.

OREGON STATE 154, MIAMI 124

OREGON STATE 160, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 129

(Winners and OSU finishers. The meets were held simultaneously, therefore times are the same against both schools. OSU won all eleven non-exhibition races against both opponents. Other placings are against Miami, if different against Charleston, they are listed in parentheses.)

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU (Starkey, Steven, Renwick, Higuera), 3:54.32, 3. (2) OSU (Hsieh, Severance, Martinec, Randleman), 4:07.79.

1,650 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 17:26.76, 3. (2) Jill Personius, OSU 18:06.40, 5. (4) Jill McMinn, OSU 19:04.92.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Paula Finlay, OSU 1:56.70, 3. Erin Buckley, OSU 2:00.53, 4. (5) Amy Imwalle, OSU 2:01.51.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 59.82, 5. (4) Kristen Severance, OSU 1:05.69, 6. (5) Jessica Randleman, OSU 1:05.95.

100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 1:04.27, 2. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU 1:06.97, 4. (3) Kristen Severance, OSU 1:07.94.

200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU 2:05.12, 3. Melissa Hsieh, OSU 2:13.04, 4. (7) Jill McMinn, OSU 2:17.57.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Arianna Higuera, OSU 24.34, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU 25.31, 3. Erin Buckley, OSU 25.57, 5. Aubree Gustafson, OSU 27:04.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Arianna Higuera, OSU 54.24, 3. (2) Erin Buckley, OSU 56.41, 4. (3) Jill Personius, OSU 56.56, 6. (7) Aubree Gustafson, OSU 59.05.

200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Paula Finlay, OSU 2:10.72, 2. Suzanne Starkey, OSU 2:12.48, 5. (3) Jessica Randleman, OSU 2:24.08.

200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU 2:20.39, 2. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU 2:23.97, 4. (3) Kristen Severance, OSU 2:26.76.

500 FREESTYLE (vs. Miami) - 1. Katrina Lazarus, Miami 5:13.18, Naya Higashijima, OSU (exhibition) 5:10.20, Amy Imwalle, OSU (exhibition) 5:18.39, Jill McMinn, OSU (exhibition) 5:22.26.

500 FREESTYLE (vs. Charleston) - 1. M. Hughes, Charleston 5:27.82. OSU's times same as vs. Miami.

100 BUTTERFLY (vs. Miami) - 1. Elaine Schwartz, Miami 58.56, Bonnie Renwick, OSU (exhibition) 59.18, Kristin Martinec, OSU (exhibition) 59.31, Melissa Hsieh, OSU (exhibition) 1:01.17.

100 BUTTERFLY (vs. Charleston) - 1. M. Cavanah, Charleston 59.90, OSU's times same as vs. Miami.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY (vs. Miami) - 1. Elaine Schwartz, Miami 2:08.85, Birte Steven, OSU (exhibition) 2:10.42, Paula Finlay, OSU (exhibition) 2:11.51, Kristen Severance, OSU (exhibition) 2:15.94.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. OSU (Starkey, Renwick, Finlay, Higuera), 3:37.33, 2. OSU (Personius, Higashijima, Hsieh, Buckley), 3:44.77.

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