OSU Swimmers Down San Jose State 99-87

Nov. 3, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Naya Higashijima set a new Oregon State school record for the second time in nearly a week and the OSU women's swim team evened its dual meet record at 2-2 with a 99-87 victory over San Jose State Saturday at Stevens Natatorium.

Higashijima finished the 400 individual medley in 4 minutes, 26.56 seconds, eclipsing Birte Steven's mark of 4:27.99 which was set during the 2000-2001 season. Higashijima bettered her own shool record in the 1,000 freestyle in a dual meet victory October 26th over Utah.

'This is definitely going to be Naya's year,' OSU coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'She has been slowly getting better each year and working hard during the summer. She prepares herself and stays focused and gets ready. Come September she is ready to go. This year is the year where I think Naya's goals for getting to and scoring at the NCAA's is in her reach. It is hers for the taking.'

The Beavers jumped out to an early lead over the Spartans with first place finishes in the meet's first four events. Suzanne Starkey, Birte Steven, Bonnie Renwick and Kristin Huston teamed to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.63. Verena Haas took first in the 1,000 freestyle at 10:28.99, Huston won the 200 freestyle in 1:54.11 and Starkey claimed victory in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.20.

Jessie Hong finished first in the 200 backstroke and Steven was the top finisher in the 200 breaststroke for the Beavers, who altered their lineup and had several members competing as exhibition racers in events during the meet.

'It allows coaches to see a different side of what the swimmers are capable of,' Podkoscielny said. 'We usually stick to events we believe they are going to be best at, but because of the dual meet and how competitive it gets, we don't get to put them in events they don't normally compete, and we don't see what they are capable of doing in other events.

'This gives us more options when we go to the next meet because we know what they are capable of doing. It makes it a little more relaxed for them and helps them refocus for the next meet.'

OSU will compete Saturday, Nov. 10 at Nevada in its first of four consecutive meets on the road. The team's next home meet is Jan. 12 versus Brigham Young.

200 Medley Relay - 1. Oregon State A (Starkey, Steven, Renwick, Huston), 1:46.63, 2. San Jose State A, 1:50.34, 3. Oregon State B, 1:53.57, 4. San Jose State B, 1:54.38. 1,000 Freestyle - 1. Verena Hass, OSU, 10:28.99, 2. Grace Peterson, OSU, 10:41.47, 3. Jill McMinn, OSU, 10:54.41, 4. Tracy Frick, SJS, 11:07.53, Jill Personius, OSU, 11:00.40. 200 Freestyle - 1. Kristen Huston, OSU, 1:54.11, 2. Birte Steven, OSU, 1:54.20, 3. Charlotte Pierce, SJS, 1:58.38, 4. Lindsay Barton, SJS, 2:02.77, 5. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 2:08.11. 50 Freestyle - 1. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 25.20, 2. Valerie Brady, SJS, 25.72, 3. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 26.70, 4. Alana Lella, SJS, 25.96, 5. Anne Zucker, OSU, 26.47, 6. Shiela Tehranchi, OSU, 26.70. 400 Individual Medley - 1. Naya Higashijima (Exhibition), OSU, 4:26.56 (New school record), 2. Mari Embertson (Exhibition), OSU, 4:34.69, 3. Jessie Hong (Exhibition), OSU, 4:41.76, 4.. Emily Hutson, SJS, 4:42.36, 5. Flora Montagni, SJS, 4:54.30. 200 Butterfly - 1. Charlotte Pierce, SJS, 2:06.53, 2. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 2:09.44, 3. Verena Haas, OSU, 2:10.25, 4. Jill McMinn, OSU, 2:15.52, 5. Keeley Hoffman, SJS, 2:18.14. 100 Freestyle - 1. Bonnie Renwick (Exhibition), 54.70, 2. Paula Finlay (Exhibition), OSU, 55.10, 3. Alana Lella, SJS, 56.98, 4. Lindsay Barta, SJS, 57.25, 5. Anne Zucker (Exhibition), OSU, 57.30, 6. Kristen Martinec (Exhibition), OSU, 1:01.23. 200 Backstroke - 1. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:10.52, 2. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:11.48, 3. Flora Montagni, SJS, 2:16.77, 4. Keeley Huffman, SJS, 2:20.39, 5. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 2:27.62. 500 Freestyle - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 5:05.46, 2. Jill Personius, OSU, 5:19.46, 3. Jill McMinn, OSU, 5:23.75, 4. Tracy Fick, SJS, 5:26.59, 5. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 5:26.92, 6. Nicole Paskvan, SJS, 5:29.84. 200 Breaststroke - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:17.87, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU, 2:25.36, 3. Emily Hutson, SJS, 2:26.15, 4. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 2:29.90, 5. Camdia Byma, SJS, 2:31.89. 200 Freestyle Relay - 1. Oregon State A (Exhibition) (Renwick, Chambers, Finlay, Huston), 1:40.24, 2. San Jose State, 1:44.42, 3. Oregon State B, 1:44.78, 4. Oregon State C, 1:47.62.

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