Beavers Win Third Straight In Women's Swimming

Nov. 10, 2001

RENO, Nev. - Naya Higashijima remained unbeaten this season Saturday, winning two events as Oregon State beat Nevada 150-144 in non-league women's swimming. OSU (3-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10) won its third straight dual meet, and the Beavers earned their first-ever win at Nevada (2-1, 0-0 Western Athletic).

Higashijima, who won the 500-yard freestyle and the 200 butterfly, has won all 13 of her scoring races this season. The junior has also won a pair of races as a non-scoring exhibition competitor.Birte Steven also won twice for OSU, taking the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke.

OSU won 11 of the 16 events, the Beavers spotted Nevada 32 points because Oregon State does not field a diving team. The Wolfpack had beaten seventh-ranked California on Friday.

'Today was just a great day for Beaver swimming,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We won the close races and we raced hard. We were the team able to overcome adversity, swimming at (high) altitude and being 32 points in the hole because we don't have diving. I was proud of them, and we're looking forward to the Speedo Cup (Nov. 29-Dec. 1). It was a great team effort.'

The Beavers needed to finish at least second in the 400 freestyle relay, the day's final event, to secure the victory. OSU's team of Kristin Huston, Bonnie Renwick, Suzanne Starkey and Steven picked up the necessary points to give Oregon State just its third-ever win over Nevada in the 12-meet series.

'Our girls just swam so awesome, we came together as a team,' Podkoscielny said. 'This was the best team effort I've seen from an Oregon State team. We started off with a great relay, out-touching them after they led most of the way and it was great for us to come through at the end.'

Verena Haas (1,000 freestyle), Kristin Huston (100 freestyle), Suzanne Starkey (100 butterfly) and Mari Embertson (400 individual medley) also picked up wins for Oregon State.

OREGON STATE 150, NEVADA 144

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Oregon State B (Finlay, Tehranchi, Higashijima, Chambers), 3:51.05, 2. Nevada A, 3:51.72, 3. Nevada B, 3:58.83, 4. Oregon State A, 3:58.83.

1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Verena Haas, OSU, 10:41.81, 2. Jennifer McCoy, Nev., 10:45.78, 3. Grace Peterson, OSU, 10:46.55, 4. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 11:09.58, 5. Amy Murphy, Nev., 11:12.55, 6. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 11:18.26, 7. Kyndra Battle, Nev., 11:56.25.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higahijima, OSU, 1:55.00, 2. Heather Thomas, Nev., 1:55.23, 3. Leticia Cunha, Nev., 1:55.95, 4. Paula Finlay, OSU, 1:56.75, 5. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 1:59.28, 6. Kelsey McKenncy, Nev., 1:59.60.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Alyssa Chin, Nev., 57.99, 2. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 59.87, 3. Charlene Rigdon, Nev., 1:00.42, 4. Jackie Walk, Nev., 1:01.50, 5. Jessie Hong, OSU, 1:02.25, 6. Christine Chirrim, Nev., 1:02.49, 7. Annie Zucker, OSU, 1:05.63.

100 BREASTSTROKE - Birte Steven, OSU, 1:03.57, 2. Kathy Echiverri, Nev., 1:04.28, 3. Shelia Tehranchi, OSU, 1:07.23, 4. Beth Hejny, Nev., 1:08.05, 5. Mari Embertson, OSU, 1:08.55, 6. Ashely Johnson, Nev., 1:09.74, 7. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 1:11.51.

200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higahijima, OSU, 2:08.08, 2. Verena Haas, OSU, 2:11.09, 3. Alzina Lim, Nev., 33.98, 4. Michaela Keller, Nev., 2:15.83, 5. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 2:21.31, 6. Kelsey McKenney, Nev., 2:21.59.

50 FREESTYLE - Ashley Selleh-Clenderin, Nev., 24.39, 2. Kristin Huston, OSU, 24.61, 3. Brandy Reichardt, Nev., 25.19, 4. Kim Matz, Nev., 25.35, 5. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 25.61, 6. Annie Zucker, OSU, 26.70, 7. Kristin Martinec (Ex.), OSU, 26.72.

THREE-METER DIVING - 1. Kate Oiness, Nev., 284.65, 2. Krista Sunderman, Nev., 274.60, 3. Julie Whitehead, Nev., 267.35, 4. Christine Lachman (Ex.), Nev., 264.65, 5. Megan Jones (Ex.), Nev., 224.25.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 53.10, 2. Ashley Selleh-Clendenin, Nev., 53.13, 3. Heather Thomas, Nev., 53.33, 4. Kathy Echiverri, Nev., 53.61, 5. Bonnie Rendwick, OSU, 54.54, 6. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 55.17, 7. Kim Matz (Ex.), Nev., 56.77, 8. Annie Zucker (Ex.), OSU, 57.38.

200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Alyssa Chin, Nev., 2:06.43, 2. Charlene Ridgon, Nev., 2:09.02, 3. Paula Finlay, OSU, 2:10.31, 4. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:10.44, 5. Jackie Walk, Nev., 2:12.65, 6. Christine Chittim (Ex.), Nev., 2:20.15, 7. Jill Personius, OSU, 2:21.51.

200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:19.43, 2. Shelia Tehranchi, OSU, 2:24.91, 3. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:25.32, 4.Leticia Cunha, Nev., 2:29.47, 5. Beth Hejny, Nev., 2:29.87, 6. Nicole Reynolds (Ex.), OSU, 2:32.69, 7. Ashely Johnson, Nev., 2:35.88.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 5:10.69, 2. Verena Haas, OSU, 5:12.16, 3. Jennifer McCoy, Nev., 5:13.00, 4. Grace Peterson, OSU, 5:21.97, 5. Amy Murphy, Nev., 5:25.33, 6. Jillian McMinn (Ex.), OSU, 5:35.41, 7. Kyndra Battle, Nev., 5:48.49.

100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 58.19, 2. Alzina Lim, Nev., 59.31, 3. Bonnie Renwick, OSU, 59.60, 4. Michaela Keller, Nev., 1:00,29, 5. Kelsey McKenney, Nev., 1:01.01, 6. Kristin Martinec, OSU, 1:02.18.

ONE-METER DIVING - 1. Kate Oiness, Nev., 277.70, 2. Krista Sunderman, Nev., 273.60, 3. Christine Lachman, Nev., 267.10, 4. Julie Whitehead (Ex.), Nev., 266.80, 5. Megan Jones (Ex.), Nev., 213.95.

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Mari Embertson, OSU, 4:36.45, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU, 4:38.47, 3. Alyssa Chin, Nev., 4:43.94, 4. Leticia Cunha, Nev., 4:46.28, 5. Jessie Hong, 4:48.07, 6. Nicole Reynolds (Ex.), OSU, 4:51.70, 7. Jennifer McCoy, Nev., 5:07.78.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Nevada A (Thomas, Rigdon, Selleh-Clendenin, Echiverri), 3:32.12, 2. Oregon State A, 3:34.04, 3. Nevada B, 3:40.38, 4. Oregon State B, 3:47.27, 5. Nevada C (Ex.), 3:51.87.

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