Swimming Topples Coe College In Relay Meet, 142-60

Dec. 18, 2000

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - - The Oregon State women's swim team continued its dominating performance this season with a 142-60 relay dual meet win over Coe College. OSU, now 6-2 in dual meets, captured all eight races on Monday morning as the squad wrapped up its annual Florida trip after defeating the University of Miami and the College of Charleston on Sunday.

'This gives us a good boost,' OSU coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said of the team's performance over the weekend. 'The whole (trip) was good for us. We're in the middle of our hardest training right now, and this was a good test of our endurance.'

'We've been training hard and our spirits are high,' Podkoscielny said of his squad. 'This was a great team-building experience for us, and we're building up a lot of momentum after going 3-0 this weekend as well from the Speedo Cup (where the Beavers placed fourth).'

The format for the relay dual meet consisted of eight relays, as there were no individual races.

The day's closest race was the 300 medley relay, which found OSU's `A' and `B' teams battling for the win. The `A' team of Steven, Higuera, and Suzanne Starkey posted a time of 3:08.30 to edge out Paula Finlay, Tehranchi, and Kristen Severance, who finished in 3:09.98.

OSU's 200-yard medley relay team of Melissa Hsieh, Sheila Tehranchi, Kristin Martinec, and Erin Buckley captured the win with a time of 1:50.62, while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Arianna Higuera, Buckley, Birte Steven, and Bonnie Renwick took the win in 1:41.63.

'This was a great environment for hard training,' Podkoscielny said, comparing the Florida climate to that of Corvallis. 'We're going into the break now, so the swimmers will go home and train. We've got a tough stretch coming up.'

OSU's next meet is on Jan. 13, when they take on the University of Washington in Seattle at 11 a.m.

OREGON STATE 142, COE COLLEGE 60

(Winners and Oregon State finishers)

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU (Hsieh, Tehranchi, Martinec, Buckley), 1:50.62, 2. OSU (Starkey, Steven, Renwick, Higuera), 1:54.21.

1,000 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. OSU (Personius, Imwalle, McMinn), 10:21.08, 2. OSU (Hsieh, Steven, Higashijima), 10:48.50.

300 BACKSTROKE RELAY - 1. OSU (Starkey, Randleman, Martinec), 3:12.17.

300 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU (Steven, Higuera, Starkey), 3:08.30, 2. OSU (Finlay, Tehranchi, Severance), 3:09.98.

300 BREASTSTROKE RELAY - 1. OSU (Finlay, Tehranchi, Severance), 3:26.74.

500 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. OSU (Buckley, Personius, Imwalle, Higashijima), 4:59.50, OSU (exhibition) (Gustafson, Randleman, Finlay, McMinn), 4:53.61.

300 BUTTERFLY RELAY - 1. OSU (Hsieh, Renwick, Martinec), 3:01.45.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. OSU (Higuera, Buckley, Steven, Renwick), 1:41.63, 2. OSU (Personius, Higashijima, Randleman, Gustafson), 1:46.61.

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