Fresno State Comes Calling, OSU Swimming Aims To Resume Winning Ways

Jan. 22, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Fresno State at Oregon State, Sat., Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.

Note: The start time for the Jan. 27 meet with Fresno State has been moved up to 10 a.m. from its original 11 a.m. start.

When the Oregon State women's swim team hits the water this Saturday for a 10 a.m. dual meet with the Fresno State Bulldogs, the Beavers will have their first opportunity to take out any frustration that is left over from their loss to Washington two weeks ago, a meet in which the Beavers trailed by just a point heading into the last race, and wound up losing 136-126. OSU dropped the final race by 0.16 seconds.

'I don't think we have a whole lot to recover from,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'They were obviously disappointed, but I think they were more fired up afterwards. They were put in a tough situation to race, and they came out racing hard, so I think they were excited about their swims. Now, we've just got to make sure we get the `W'.

'It's going to be a good opportunity for us against Fresno State,' Podkoscielny continued. 'We lost to them last year (136-126, in Fresno), they're a very good team and we had to battle with them last year, so we're looking forward to another meet.'

Although OSU's best times are, for the most part, faster than FSU's across the board, Podkoscielny warns that was the case in last year's meet, as well as two weeks ago against Washington.

'We were in the same situation going into last year's meet and Fresno State had a very good meet last year,' the fifth-year coach said. 'It was the same situation with Washington - it's hard to predict how they're going to be performing in a given meet.'

'If you were to have asked me a week before the Washington meet, `Do you think you can win?' I would have said there was a good chance that we will,' Podkoscielny commented. 'Then Washington comes out of the gate with their guns loaded, and swims the meet of their season, so you just never know.'

The Bulldogs bring an 8-1 dual meet record into Stevens Natatorium, as well as a 12th-place finisht at the Speedo Cup (OSU placed fourth). Eighth-year head coach Daniella Irle's squads have broken every school record in her tenure, which is a total of 64. She also boasts a 78-24 career dual meet record.

'They're a well-coached team,' Podkoscielny said. 'One of the things last year the we didn't do a good job of was that we came in with season-bests that were a little faster than their times, but when it came down to it, they raced better than we did, and that was the difference. They are a well-coached and disciplined team, so we're looking forward to a good challenge.'

HEAD COACH MARIUSZ PODKOSCIELNY: Mariusz Podkoscielny is in his fifth season as head coach at Oregon State. In his first four years, OSU had a dual meet record of 14-25 overall and 2-11 in the Pacific-10. Podkoscielny, 32, is a 9-time All-American and 2-time Olympian.

Prior to coming to OSU in the fall of 1996, Podkoscielny had been an assistant men's and women's coach at Arizona since 1993.

A native of Gdansk, Poland, Podkoscielny was a member of the Arizona swim team from 1988-92 and was one of the fastest distance swimmers in UA history. He was also on the Polish National Team from 1980-92 and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

OSU VS. FRESNO STATE: The Beavers are 0-2 in the series that dates back to 1992. OSU lost last year's meet outdoors in Fresno 126-136 in a competition that started under pleasant skies, but saw temperatures dip into the 40s by the end of the meet.

The score in 1992 was 56-130.

BEAVER SENIORS LEAD THE WAY: The five seniors on this year's squad - Arianna Higuera, Amy Imwalle, Erin Buckley, Kristen Severance, and Melissa Hsieh - hold 18 of the spots on OSU's top-10 performers list, 62 of which are held by current squad members. Higuera has five, Imwalle four, and Buckley, Hsieh and Severance three each.

STEVEN QUALIFIES FOR NCAAs: Freshman Birte Steven has qualified with provisional times for the NCAA Championships in the 100- and 200 yard breaststrokes. Steven's time of 1:02.45 in the 100 breaststroke is well within the standard range for qualification on a 25-yard course, as is her time of 2:14.43 in the 200 breaststroke.

Steven wasted no time in adding her own chapters to the OSU recordbooks, as she has set school standards five times this season, all in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. She also was a member of the OSU record-setting teams in the 200 and 400 medley relays.

OSU LOOKS FOR MOST DUAL MEET WINS SINCE 1982: Oregon State has a chance at nine wins this year, as they stand at 6-3 with three meets remaining. The Beavers won seven dual meets last season, but have not won eight or more since going 9-1 in the 1982 campaign under coach Bob Yamate. OSU's highest win total was 12 in 1980.

SOPHOMORE REWRITING THE RECORDBOOKS: Sophomore Naya Higashijima owns four of the 14 individual school records, and has broken school marks three times this season. Here's a look: 500 freestyle, 4:54.99, 1,000 freestyle, 10:14.96, 1,650 freestyle: 16:55.87, 200 butterfly, 2:01.43.

OSU VS. WASHINGTON: The Beavers took Washington down to the final race on Jan. 13, as OSU trailed 123-122. OSU came within 0.17 seconds of winning the race and the meet, which would have ended OSU's 23-meet losing streak against the Huskies.

STEVENS NATATORIUM: For the second season in a row, Oregon State scheduled all its home swim meets on campus as the Beavers moved into Stevens Natatorium in the 1999-2000 season. OSU had a 3-1 dual meet record at home in 1999-2000 and has a 1-0 mark this year.

Stevens Natatorium is adjacent to Dixon Recreation Center, near Gill Coliseum. The pool opened in 1994 but was not outfitted for competition until prior to the 1999-2000 season.

OSU had scheduled its home meets at Corvallis' Osborn Aquatic Center since the community pool opened for the 1979-80 season. A few meets were still held on campus at Langton Pool.

DUAL MEET RECORD: Oregon State has a 6-3 mark in dual meets this year, and 0-1 in the Pac-10. Last year, OSU had its best dual meet record since 1989-90, as the Beavers went 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pacific-10.

OREGON STATE SCHOOL RECORDS: Oregon State has set 11 school records this season. Here's a look at the records that have been set - five of which have been posted by freshman Birte Steven:

1,000 freestyle	        Naya Higashijima 10:16.57, Oct. 21 at San Jose State100 breaststroke	Birte Steven, 1:03.23, Oct. 21 at San Jose State200 breaststroke	Birte Steven, 2:17.29, Oct. 21 at San Jose State100 breaststroke	Birte Steven, 1:03.22, Nov. 11 vs. Nevada400 medley relay	Starkey, Steven, Renwick, Higuera, 3:49.01,	Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup200 medley relay	Starkey, Steven, Renwick, Higuera, 1:44.90,	Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup100 butterfly	        Bonnie Renwick, 57.04, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup100 breaststroke	Birte Steven, 1:02.45, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup200 breaststroke	Birte Steven, 2:14.43, Dec. 2 at Speedo Cup200 butterfly	        Naya Higashijima, 2:01.43, Dec. 2 at Speedo Cup1,000 freestyle	        Naya Higashijima, 10:14.96, Jan. 13 at Washington

OREGON STATE EVENT WINNERS: In the dual meet season, freshman Birte Steven leads the Beavers with 20 wins. A look at this season's winners (not including relay events):(Wins while swimming as an exhibtion entry are inparentheses, those wins are not included in total)

1. Birte Steven	        (1) **202. Naya Higashijima	(2) 153. Paula Finlay	             94. Arianna Higuera	     85. Suzanne Starkey	     56. Erin Buckley	             1tie. Bonnie Renwick      (1) 1tie. Jill McMinn	     1tie. Jessica Randleman	    (1)*- represents a win at the Speedo Cup, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

BEAVERS' PLACES ON SCHOOL TOP-10 LISTS: The 2000-2001 Oregon State team holds 62 of the 140 places on the list of top-10 performers in each event. Current OSU squad members hold eight of the 14 individual school records, including four by Higashijima. Steven holds two, while Renwick and Finlay have one apiece.

Here are the members of the 2000-2001 OSU squad with the most entries on the school's all-time leaders list:

1. Naya Higashijima 	7 (200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free, 1,650 free, 100 fly, 200 fly)2. Paula Finlay 	6 (200 free, 200 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM)3. Arianna Higuera	5 (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200 IM)tie. Bonnie Renwick	5 (50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 IM)5. Sarah Cohen	        4 (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM)tie. Amy Imwalle	4 (200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free,1,650 free)tie. Birte Steven	4 (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM)tie. Suzanne Starkey	4 (50 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly)

WHERE THE BEAVERS RANK ON SCHOOL LISTS: Here are OSU's school records and where members of the 2000-2001 Beavers (listed in bold type) rank on the school's top-10 lists through Jan. 26:

50 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	23.11	19944. Arianna Higuera	23.99	20006. Suzanne Starkey	24.32	20017. Bonnie Renwick	24.36	200110. Erin Buckley	24.57	1998100 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	50.64	19954. Arianna Higuera	52.11	20017. Bonnie Renwick	53.19	20009. Trista Hedlind	53.25	2000200 FREESTYLE1. Traci Lamoure	1:50.91	19983. Naya Higashijima	1:52.89	20004. Melissa Hsieh	1:54.28	19985. Arianna Higuera	1:54.57	20007. Paula Finlay 	1:54.99	20008. Amy Imwalle  	1:55.12	19999. Erin Buckley 	1:55.19	199810. Trista Hedlind	1:55.52	2000500 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	4:54.99	20006. Amy Imwalle  	5:06.95	19999. Jill Personius	5:10.63	20001,000 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	10:14.96	20014. Jill McMinn	        10:38.50	20005. Amy Imwalle	        10:43.96	19996. Dana Stoddard	10:44.56	19991,650 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	16:55.87	20004. Amy Imwalle	        17:28.21	19995. Dana Stoddard	17:35.08	19997. Jill Personius	17:45.61	20018. Jill McMinn  	17:51.30	2000100 BACKSTROKE1. Tori Eisenbeis	57.23	19952. Suzanne Starkey	57.27	20017. Bonnie Renwick	59.73	20019. Erin Buckley 	1:00.50	2001200 BACKSTROKE1. Christy Ryerson	2:03.41	19944. Paula Finlay 	2:06.31	20017. Suzanne Starkey	2:08.73	2000100 BUTTERFLY1. Bonnie Renwick	57.04	20012. Naya Higashijima	57.17	20013. Kristin Martinec	57.20	19994. Melissa Hsieh	58.03	19985. Suzanne Starkey	58.12	200110. Arianna Higuera	59.31	1999200 BUTTERFLY1. Naya Higashijima	2:01.43	20013. Melissa Hsieh	2:07.67	19985. Kristin Martinec	2:09.34	199910. Jill McMinn 	2:11.28	2000100 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven 	1:02.45	20012. Paula Finlay 	1:04.39	20003. Kristen Severance	1:06.45	20005. Sheila Tehranchi	1:06.97	20019. Sarah Cohen  	1:07.81	1999200 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven	        2:17.29	20013. Paula Finlay 	2:20.09	20004. Sarah Cohen	        2:21.70	19995. Kristen Severance	2:22.78	20007. Sheila Tehranchi	2:23.93	2000200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Paula Finlay 	2:05.46	20002. Birte Steven 	2:05.84	20014. Arianna Higuera	2:08.10	19997. Kristen Severance	2:09.76	20018. Sarah  Cohen 	2:10.96	19999. Bonnie Renwick	2:11.20	2000400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Erica Stephens	4:28.16	19982. Birte Steven 	4:29.86	20014. Paula Finlay 	4:33.00	20015. Sarah Cohen  	4:34.82	19998. Naya Higashijima	4:35.85	200010. Sheila Tehranchi	4:41.33	1999

NOTE: This list complete through Jan. 26.

BEAVER SPORTS INFORMATION: Oregon State women's swimming sports information director Travis Lahman can be reached at (541) 737-3720.

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