Beavers Come Home To Face Utah

Oct. 23, 2001

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Utah at Oregon State, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

Oregon State Alumni Meet, 9 a.m.

Oregon State (0-2 overall duals, 0-1 Pacific-10 duals) will take Homecoming literally, as the Beavers return to their own pool to meet Utah (0-0, 0-0 Mountain West) in OSU's home-opener at Stevens Natatorium.

'We're looking for a win, especially after last week left a little bit of a bad taste for us,' said OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny, whose team fell at California-Santa Barbara and to No. 6 UCLA on Oct. 19. 'We thought we were capable of beating UCSB and we came up short. We had some good races, now we're looking to repeat those and improve in the areas where we were lacking last week.'

Utah also opened its season last weekend, placing second in the eight-team Colorado State Early Bird Invitational. The Utes trailed only the host Rams in the meet.

'It will be a good meet and good competition,' Podkoscielny said. 'Utah has a very well-rounded team ... the trend in the NCAA with most of the teams we swim against is that as we improve, they improve. Comparing us with the teams we've swam against for the past five years, we've all been taking the same steps.'

In Podkoscielny's five years at OSU, the Beavers have posted a 3-2 mark against Utah, that includes splitting two dual meets last season in Salt Lake City. The Beavers know they'll need to improve over last week's performance to earn their first dual meet win of the season.

'We're looking for some breakthrough swims this weekend, especially from our freshmen,' Podkoscielny said. 'And we hope to perform well for Homecoming.'

After meeting Utah early Friday evening, the Beavers will hold their annual Alumni Meet on Saturday morning at Stevens Natatorium. For more information on the Alumni Meet, call the OSU Women's Swimming Office at (541) 737-1075 or (541) 737-7492.

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time dual meet record of 4-5 against Utah in a series dating back to 1981. The Beavers are on a 1-meet winning streak against the Utes after splitting a pair of duals in Salt Lake City last season, Utah won the first dual 120-101 and OSU bounced back for a 153-126 victory the next day. The last meeting in Corvallis was a 124-107 Beaver win during the 1999-2000 season.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State was beaten by sixth-ranked UCLA 167-93 in a Pacific-10 dual meet and was edged by California-Santa Barbara 136-124 in a non-league dual as the women's swimming season began the afternoon of Oct. 19 at Santa Barbara, Calif.

At UCSB, the Beavers' meet with the host Gauchos came down to the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. OSU led most of the way but was outtouched at the finish.

'It was an awesome relay,' Oregon State head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'It went okay. We swam well, but we lost both meets ... it was disappointing to lose, especially against UCSB, but we had a lot of great performances and swam against some of the top competition in the nation, so it was a great experience.'

Naya Higashijima captured 3 events against both the Bruins and the Gauchos, swimming the best times she's ever recorded in an 'unrested' meet, that is, one in which the Beavers didn't ease off on their training prior to competing. Higashijima took the 1,000 freestyle in 10 minutes, 18.22 seconds, the 200 butterfly in 2:01.77 and the 500 freestyle in 4:59.01.

Returning All-American Birte Steven won the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke in both duals. Steven took the 100 breast in 1:03.89 and the 200 breast in 2:16.79.

Kristin Huston highlighted the performance of OSU's strong freshman class, swimming 3 lifetime bests, that included wins in the 100 freestyle against both UCLA and UCSB in 52.79 and a victory against the Gauchos in the 50 freestyle in 24.35. Suzanne Starkey added the Beavers' other victory on the day, taking the 100 butterfly against UCSB in 58.26.

HEAD COACH MARIUSZ PODKOSCIELNY: Mariusz Podkoscielny is in his sixth season as head coach at Oregon State. Since taking over the Beaver program at the start of the 1996-97 season, Podkoscielny's teams have a dual meet record of 21-32 overall and 2-15 in the Pacific-10.

Podkoscielny, 33, is a nine-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.

STEVENS NATATORIUM: Oregon State swims its home meets at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus. The Beavers have an all-time record of 5-3 in the pool.

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.

OREGON STATE SCHOOL RECORDS: Members of Oregon State's 2001-02 squad hold 10 of the 14 individual event school records. A look at the OSU marks held by current Beavers: 500 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima, 4:54.99, 2000 Pacific-10 Championships at Long Beach, Calif. 1,000 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima, 10:14.32, 2001 Pacific-10 Championships at Federal Way, Wash. 1,650 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima, 16:54.91, 2001 Pacific-10 Championships at Federal Way, Wash. 100 BUTTERFLY: Bonnie Renwick, 57.04, 2000-01 Speedo Cup at Long Beach, Calif. 200 BUTTERFLY: Naya Higashijima, 2:01.43, 2000-01 Speedo Cup at Long Beach, Calif. 100 BACKSTROKE: Suzanne Starkey, 57.15, 2000-01 Speedo Cup at Long Beach, Calif. 100 BREASTSTROKE: Birte Steven, 1:02.24, 2001 Pacific-10 Championships at Federal Way, Wash. 200 BREASTSTROKE: Birte Steven, 2:14.43, 2000-01 Speedo Cup at Long Beach, Calif. 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Paula Finlay, 2:05.46, 1999-2000 Speedo Cup at Long Beach, Calif. 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Birte Steven, 4:27.99, 2000-01 Speedo Cup at Long Beach, Calif.

OREGON STATE EVENT WINNERS: So far this season, Naya Higashijima tops OSU swimmers in individual event victories with 6 wins. The Beaver leaders through Oct. 19:

1. Naya Higashijima	62. Birte Steven 	43. Kristin Huston	34. Suzanne Starkey	1

BEAVERS' PLACES ON SCHOOL TOP-10 LISTS: Current OSU squad members hold 44 of the 140 places on the Beavers' list of the top 10 performers in each individual event. Current Beaver swimmers with entries on the OSU all-time leaders list through Oct. 19:

1. Naya Higashijima 	72. Paula Finlay 	63. Bonnie Renwick	5(tie) Suzanne Starkey	5(tie) Birte Steven	56. Kristin Huston	3(tie) Sheila Tehranchi	38. Kristin Martinec	2(tie) Jillian McMinn	2(tie) Jill Personius	2(tie) Dana Stoddard	212. Verena Haas 	1(tie) Grace Peterson	1

WHERE THE BEAVERS RANK ON SCHOOL LISTS: Here are OSU's school records and where members of the 2001-2002 Beavers (listed in bold type) rank on the school's top-10 lists through Oct. 19:

50 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	23.11	19945. Suzanne Starkey	24.10	20017. Kristin Huston	24.35	20028. Bonnie Renwick	24.36	2001100 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	50.64	19956. Suzanne Starkey	52.42	20018. Kristin Huston	52.79	200210. Bonnie Renwick	53.19	2000200 FREESTYLE1. Traci Lamoure	1:50.91	19983. Naya Higashijima	1:52.89	20007. Paula Finlay 	1:54.99	2000500 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	4:54.99	20005. Birte Steven 	5:05.31	200110. Jill Personius	5:10.63	20001,000 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	10:14.32	20014. Jillian McMinn	10:38.50	20006. Dana Stoddard	10:44.56	19998. Grace Peterson	10:46.37	20021,650 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	16:54.91	20015. Dana Stoddard	17:35.08	19997. Jill Personius	17:45.61	20018. Jillian McMinn	17:51.30	2000100 BACKSTROKE1. Suzanne Starkey	57.15	20017. Kristin Huston	59.37	20028. Bonnie Renwick	59.44	2001200 BACKSTROKE1. Christy Ryerson	2:03.41	19944. Paula Finlay 	2:05.45	20015. Suzanne Starkey	2:05.93	2001100 BUTTERFLY1. Bonnie Renwick	57.04	20012. Naya Higashijima	57.17	20013. Kristin Martinec	57.20	19994. Suzanne Starkey	58.00	2001200 BUTTERFLY1. Naya Higashijima	2:01.43	20015. Kristin Martinec	2:09.34	19997. Verena Haas     	2:10.06	2002100 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven 	1:02.24	20012. Paula Finlay 	1:04.39	20004. Sheila Tehranchi	1:06.26	2001200 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven 	2:14.43	20013. Sheila Tehranchi	2:21.17	20014. Paula Finlay 	2:21.23	2000200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Paula Finlay 	2:05.46	20002. Birte Steven 	2:05.84	20019. Bonnie Renwick	2:11.20	2000400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Birte Steven 	4:27.99	20013. Paula Finlay 	4:28.30	20018. Naya Higashijima	4:35.85	200010. Sheila Tehranchi	4:41.33	1999
2001-2002 Oregon State women's swimming (through October 19, 2001)
Team results(0-2 overall duals, 0-1 Pacific-10 duals)DATE    	EVENT/RESULTSOct. 19 	at California-Santa Barbara 136, OSU 124        	vs. UCLA 167, OSU 93Oct. 26 	UtahNov. 3  	San Jose StateNov. 10 	at NevadaNov. 29-Dec. 1	at Speedo CupDec. 8-22	Miami, Fla.	at Miami		vs. Florida StateJan. 11 	Brigham YoungJan. 26 	at Fresno StateFeb. 1     	at Washington StateFeb. 2    	at Washington StateFeb. 9     	WashingtonFeb. 28-Mar. 2	at Pacific-10 ChampionshipsMar. 3	        at Pacific-10 InvitationalMar. 21-23      at NCAA Championships

Individual season bests(if different, OSU career bests in parentheses)

50 FREESTYLEKristin Huston 24.35 Oct. 19Suzanne Starkey (24.10, 2001) 25.22 Oct. 19Bonnie Renwick (24.36, 2001) 25.33 Oct. 19Annie Zucker 26.06 Oct. 19Jill Personius (26.21, 2000) 26.24 Oct. 19

100 FREESTYLEKristin Huston 52.79 Oct. 19Bonnie Renwick (53.19, 2000) 54.38 Oct. 19Annie Zucker 55.67 Oct. 19Stephanie Chambers 55.87 Oct. 19

200 FREESTYLEPaula Finlay (1:54.99, 2000) 1:55.44 Oct. 19Birte Steven (1:56.90, 2001) 1:56.11 Oct. 19Stephanie Chambers 1:59.64 Oct. 19Jill Personius (1:55.85, 1999) 2:00.67 Oct. 19

500 FREESTYLENaya Higashijima (* 4:54.99, 2000) 4:59.01 Oct. 19Grace Peterson 5:24.71 Oct. 19Jill Personius (5:10.63, 2000) 5:25.45 Oct. 19Jillian McMinn (5:13.83, 2000) 5:30.85 Oct. 19Dana Stoddard (5:10.82, 1999) 5:33.25 Oct. 19

1,000 FREESTYLENaya Higashijima (* 10:14.32, 2001) 10:18.22 Oct. 19Grace Peterson 10:46.37 Oct. 19Dana Stoddard (10:44.56, 1999) 11:10.64 Oct. 19Jillian McMinn (10:38.50, 2000) 11:11.57 Oct. 19

1,650 FREESTYLENo races

100 BACKSTROKEKristin Huston 59.37 Oct. 19Suzanne Starkey (* 57.15, 2001) 1:01.38 Oct. 19Annie Zucker 1:03.73 Oct. 19Jessie Hong 1:04.78 Oct. 19

200 BACKSTROKEPaula Finlay (2:05.45, 2001) 2:09.67 Oct. 19Verena Haas 2:12.10 Oct. 19Jessie Hong 2:12.53 Oct. 19

100 BUTTERFLYSuzanne Starkey (58.00, 2001) 58.26 Oct. 19Bonnie Renwick (* 57.04, 2001) 59.69 Oct. 19Verena Haas 1:01.26 Oct. 19Kristen Martinec (57.20, 1999) 1:01.81 Oct. 19

200 BUTTERFLYNaya Higashijima (* 2:01.43, 2001) 2:01.77 Oct. 19Verena Haas 2:10.06 Oct. 19Jillian McMinn (2:11.28, 2000) 2:18.51 Oct. 19Grace Peterson 2:22.17 Oct. 19

100 BREASTSTROKEBirte Steven (* 1:02.24, 2001) 1:03.89 Oct. 19Sheila Tehranchi (1:06.26, 2001)1:07.82 Oct. 19Mari Embertson 1:09.71 Oct. 19Nicole Reynolds 1:09.90 Oct. 19

200 BREASTSTROKEBirte Steven (* 2:14.43, 2001) 2:16.79 Oct. 19Sheila Tehranchi (2:21.17, 2001)2:25.02 Oct. 19Nicole Reynolds 2:27.36 Oct. 19Mari Embertson 2:32.01 Oct. 19

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEYPaula Finlay (* 2:05.46, 2000) 2:09.85 Oct. 19Mari Embertson 2:16.14 Oct. 19Nicole Reynolds 2:18.87 Oct. 19Jessie Hong 2:22.05 Oct. 19

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEYNo races

200 FREESTYLE RELAYNo races

400 FREESTYLE RELAYHuston, Starkey, Steven, Renwick 3:33.71 Oct. 19

800 FREESTYLE RELAYNo races

200 MEDLEY RELAYHong, Finlay, Martinec, Chambers 1:54.15 Oct. 19

400 MEDLEY RELAYNo races

* - denotes school record

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