Steven Misses Out On 100 Breaststroke Finals At NCAAs

March 16, 2001

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - One one-hundredth of a second. That was the difference between advancing to the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships on Friday in Long Island, N.Y., and being a spectator for Oregon State freshman Birte Steven.

Fortunately, Steven's season is not over. She will try to qualify for the 200 breaststroke finals in Saturday morning's preliminary round, which begins at 9 a.m. Eastern.

The Hannover, Germany native missed out on advancing to Friday evening's 100 breaststroke finals when she swam a 1:02.86 and finished just behind Mandy Commons of Clemson, who touched the wall in 1:02.85. Steven, who finished 17th in the prelims, is listed as the first alternate, should someone withdraw from the evening's finals, though that is unlikely given what is at stake at the National Championships.

Steven has recorded better times in the 100 breaststroke this season, including a school record 1:02.24 at the Pacific-10 Championships in February. She has broken the school record five times this season.

'We made a lot of mistakes today,' OSU coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We missed all of the turns, and those are the key in the sprint events.

'She's capable of swimming much faster,' Podkoscielny added. 'Unfortunately, at this level there are no second opportunities. We hope to come out and show what we can do tomorrow.'

Georgia's Ashley Roby won the event with a time of 1:00.05.

RESULTS

EVENT: 11 WOMEN's 100 Yard BREASTSTROKE NCAA Record: :59.05 KRISTINA KOWAL GEORGIA 1998

AMERICAN Record: :59.05 KRISTINA KOWAL GEORGIA 1998

US OPEN Record: :59.05 KRISTINA KOWAL GEORGIA 1998

QUALIFYING FOR THIS MEET: 1:02.82

RESULTS of PRELIMS RANK NAME YEAR TEAM TIME 1) ROBY, ASHLEY JR GEORGIA 1:00.05 :28.25 :31.80 2) BEARD, AMANDA SO ARIZONA 1:00.20 :28.80 :31.40 3) WOODRING, KRISTEN FR PENN STATE 1:00.38 :28.40 :31.98 4) KIRK, TARA FR STANFORD 1:00.46 :28.02 :32.44 5) POLESKA, ANNE FR ALABAMA 1:01.22 :29.02 :32.20 6) SWANDER, LAURA FR AUBURN 1:01.45 :28.79 :32.66 7) HATHAWAY, KATIE JR NORTH CAROLINA 1:01.60 :29.12 :32.48 8) FISCHER, ELVIRA SO NEBRASKA 1:01.83 :29.54 :32.29 9) WAGNER, JESSICA FR ARIZONA 1:02.07 :29.16 :32.91 10) STITTS, STACIANA SO CALIFORNIA 1:02.13 :29.44 :32.69 11) MONROE, BROOK SR AUBURN 1:02.25 :29.50 :32.75 12) SKINNER, JAMIE SR GEORGIA 1:02.40 :29.70 :32.70 13) LANGE, LINDSAY SO PURDUE 1:02.42 :29.54 :32.88 14) WARRINER, MARCY JR ALABAMA 1:02.47 :29.77 :32.70 15) LYLE, ALLISON JR IOWA 1:02.73 :29.25 :33.48 16) COMMONS, MANDY SO CLEMSON 1:02.85 :29.38 :33.47 17) STEVEN, BIRTE FR OREGON STATE 1:02.86 :29.77 :33.09 18) MacGREGOR, KRISTIN JR SOUTHERN CAL. 1:03.01 :29.77 :33.24 19) HOESTEREY, MORGAN SO HAWAII 1:03.23 :29.51 :33.72 20) CORNET, LAUREN FR DUKE 1:03.24 :29.54 :33.70 21) ACKER, BECKY FR NORTH CAROLINA 1:03.32 :30.33 :32.99 22) ANDRADE, LISA SR CAL.NORTHRIDGE 1:03.65 :30.45 :33.20 23) DENMAN, HELEN JR TEXAS 1:03.67 :29.47 :34.20 24) HEHN, KERI SO NEBRASKA 1:03.68 :30.31 :33.37 25) TASKER, JENNIFER SR BRIGHAM YOUNG 1:03.72 :30.28 :33.44 26) RYE, TRICIA FR SOUTH CAROLINA 1:03.76 :30.82 :32.94 27) MANTS, RILEY JR ARIZONA STATE 1:03.87 :30.06 :33.81 28) COVINGTON, TAMBER FR BRIGHAM YOUNG 1:03.91 :30.29 :33.62 29) KINSELA, GEORGI JR HAWAII 1:04.03 :30.54 :33.49 30) KRYNAUW, KERYN JR FLORIDA STATE 1:04.06 :30.32 :33.74 31) VALASCO, TRACI SO MICHIGAN 1:04.20 :30.30 :33.90 32) NODDLE, JENNIFER JR UCLA 1:04.43 :30.48 :33.95 33) HOVSEPIAN, LYNDEE JR UCLA 1:04.91 :30.95 :33.96 CHANDLER, SARAH SO SOUTHERN METHOD. DISQUAL :00.00 DISQUAL

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