Beavers Soak Utah 116-89 in women's swimming

Oct. 26, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Naya Higashijima shattered her own school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle as Oregon State beat Utah 116-89 in non-league women's swimming Friday evening at Stevens Natatorium. Higashajima won three events for the Beavers (1-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10), who won eight of the 11 events against the Utes (0-1, 0-0 Mountain West).

'Our theme for this week was racing,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'Not winning or times, but racing hard. The winning and the times are a byproduct of racing hard, and we had to focus on how to get there.'

Oregon State will hold its Alumni Meet on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Stevens Natatorium. The Beavers' next competition will be when they host San Jose State on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.Higashijima's time of 10 minutes, 9.39 seconds in the 1,000 freestyle against Utah was almost five seconds better than the mark of 10:14.32, which she set at the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships. Higashijima also won the 200 butterfly in 2:04.68 and the 500 freestyle in 4:59.47.

'She's in the best shape of her life,' Podkoscielny said of Higashijima, who has won all nine of her dual meet events this season. 'This is Naya's year.'

OSU also got victories from Birte Steven in the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.08, Paula Finlay in the 400 individual medley in 4:32.28, Kristin Huston in the 50 freestyle in 24.36 seconds, its 400 medley relay team of Bonnie Renwick, Steven, Suzanne Starkey and Verena Haas in 3:54.74, and its 400 freestyle relay team of Huston, Renwick, Starkey and Finlay in 3:33.91.

Along with Higashijima's school record, the Beavers made several other jumps on the school's list of all-time leaders in each event. Freshman Grace Peterson climbed from eighth place to a tie for fourth in the 1,000 freestyle at 10:38.50, freshman Mari Embertson moved onto the 400 IM list in seventh place at 4:35.07 and the 200 breaststroke list in ninth place at 2:25.53, and Steven entered the 200 freestyle list in eighth place at 1:55.03.

OREGON STATE 116, UTAH 89

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Oregon State A (Renwick, Steven, Starkey Haas), 3:54.74, 2. Utah, 4:02.44, 3. Oregon State B, 4:06.14. 1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 10:09.39 (new school record, old record 10:14.32, Naya Higashijima, 2001 Pacific-10 Championships), 2. Kristen Kaiser, Utah, 10:15.85, 3. Sara Afong, Utah, 10:36.40, 4. Grace Peterson, OSU, 10:38.50, 5. Katherine Hathaway, Utah, 10:54.63, 6. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 10:56.43, 7. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 11:08.95. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Loren Sweny, Utah, 1:53.16, 2. Birte Steven, OSU, 1:55.03, 3. Renee Dyer, Utah, 1:55.76, 4. Courtney McKinney, Utah, 1:57.00, 5. Verena Hass, OSU, 1:57.23, 6. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 1:57.28, 7. Melissa Young, Utah, 1:58.04, 8. Jill Personius, 1:59.69. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 24.36, 2. Neringa Statkeviciute, Utah, 24.54, 3. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 25.28, 4. Rebecca Gerber, Utah, 25.83, 5. Lori Fowler, Utah, 25.97, 6. Annie Zucker, OSU, 26.43. 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Paula Finlay, OSU, 4:32.28, 2. Mari Embertson, OSU, 4:35.07, 3. Kimberly Lewis, Utah, 4:40.36, 4. Melissa Chamberlin, Utah, 4:41.41, 5. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 4:45.07. 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 2:04.68, 2. Kristen Kaiser, Utah, 2:09.72, 3. Verena Haas, OSU, 2:10.60, 4. Sara Afong, Utah, 2:12.06, 5. Katherine Hallaway, Utah, 2:16.55, 6. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 2:17.48. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Neringa Statkeviciute, Utah, 52.40, 2. Kristin Huston, OSU, 52.95, 3. Courtney McKinney, Utah, 54.28, 4. Bonnie Renwick, OSU, 54.58, 5. Rebecca Gerber, Utah, 55.07, 6. Lori Fowler, Utah, 56.31, 7. Annie Zucker, OSU, 57.70. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Loren Sweny, Utah, 2:05.27, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU, 2:09.80, 3. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:10.97, 4. Amber Nye, Utah, 2:11.75, 5. Kimberly Lewis, Utah, 2:12.02, 6. Jill Personius, OSU, 2:17.21, 7. Rachel Rudd, Utah, 2:29.48. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 4:59.47, 2. Kristen Kaiser, Utah, 5:06.21, 3. Melissa Young, Utah, 5:14.21, 4. Grace Peterson, OSU, 5:19.44, 5. Katherine Hathaway, Utah, 5:24.35, 6. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 5:29.26, 7. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 5:32.17. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:17.08, 2. Melissa Chamberlin, Utah, 2:22.83, 3. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU, 2:23.40, 4. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:25.53, 5. Tessa Greegor, Utah, 2:26.91, 6. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 2:31.06, 7. Bryn Evans, Utah, 2:31.48, 8. Phoenix Friburg, Utah, 2:31.90. 400 FREESTYLE 1. Oregon State A (Huston, Renwick, Starkey, Finlay), 3:33.91, 2. Utah A, 3:35.34, 3. Utah B, 3:39.42, 4. Oregon State B, 3:48.63.

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