Beavers Win Fifth Straight

Dec. 18, 2001

HONOLULU, Haw. - Oregon State won its fifth straight dual meet and Naya Higashijima remained unbeaten in dual meet races this season as the Beavers topped Seattle 84-16 in non-league women's swimming Tuesday evening at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. OSU (5-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10) will remain in Hawai'i for three more days of training and then break for the holidays, the Beavers return to action Jan. 12 with a home meet against Brigham Young.

Against Seattle (2-2), Higashijima won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly to push her dual-meet win streak to 20 races this season. Oregon State also got wins from Birte Steven in the 1,000 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Kristin Huston in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Bonnie Renwick in the 50 freestyle, Verena Haas in the 500 freestyle and Sheila Tehranchi in the 200 breaststroke.

'It was a pretty good meet for us to get in the blocks and race,' said OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny, who sent his team through more than a week of strenuous workouts since the Beavers' win over Hawai'i on Dec. 9. 'We've been working hard, this was probably our hardest week of training during the year. We got in the blocks tired but we performed well, and we had some people in events they don't usually swim.

'We definitely accomplished what we wanted (on the winter training trip). This kind of closes the chapter on the first term, and it's been an awesome three months for us as far as training and performance in meets. Now we're looking forward to the second half of the season, getting back into dual meet competition and having the championship meets at the Pac-10s and NCAAs.'

OREGON STATE 84, SEATTLE 16

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Oregon State A (Starkey, Martinec, Finlay, Renwick), 1:50.57, 2. Seattle A, 1:56.30, 3. Seattle B, 2:02.13. 1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 10:19.01, 2. Grace Peterson, OSU, 10:26.76, 3. Megan Ackerman, SU, 10:50.32, 4. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 10:59.43, 5. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 11:07.94, 6. Jennifer Caldwell, SU, 11:22.20. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 1:53.21, 2. Verena Haas, OSU, 1:55.61, 3. Kristen Michener, SU, 1:57.99, 4. Jill Personius, OSU, 2:00.71, 5. Marion Gallagher, SU, 2:02.93, 6. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:03.84, 7. Elise Fischbach, SU, 2:04.20, 8. Kelly Swanson, SU, 2:06.19. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Bonnie Renwick, OSU, 25.15, 2. Birte Steven, OSU, 25.31, 3. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 25.61, 4. Gretchen Denzer, SU, 25.98, 5. Rachel DiPasquale, SU, 26.38, 6. Elizabeth Hansen, SU, 27.31, 7. Abby Woodall, SU, 27.85. 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 2:08.40, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU, 2:09.76, 3. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU, 2:16.73, 4. Kristin Johansing, SU, 2:17.00, 5. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:17.25, 6. Emily Woodworth, SU, 2:22.73, 7. Stephanie Fong, SU, 2:24.40, 8. Talia Wong, SU, 2:28.97. ONE-METER DIVING - 1. Abby Woodall, SU, 168.95 points. 100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 58.74, 2. Merceda Rivera, SU, 1:00.65, 3. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 1:01.24, 4. Megan Montague, SU, 1:03.97, 5. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 1:04.03, 6. Ryann Cooper, SU, 1:04.40, 7. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 1:06.15, 8. Abby Woodall, SU, 1:08.55. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 54.07, 2. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 54.63, 3. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 54.96, 4. Jill Personius, OSU, 56.73, 5. Gretchen Denzer, SU, 56.93, 6. Jennifer Caldwell, SU, 57.12, 7. Rachel DiPasqualie, SU, 57.25, 8. Stephanie Fong, SU, 59.73. 100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 1:01.06, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU, 1:01.77, 3. Emily Woodworth, SU, 1:03.40, 4. Jessie Hong, OSU, 1:03.54, 5. Talia Wong, SU, 1:03.98, 6. Katherine Cuevas, SU, 1:04.72, 7. Elise Fischbach, SU, 1:04.93. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Verena Haas, OSU, 5:03.72, 2. Grace Peterson, OSU, 5:07.77, 3. Kristen Michener, SU, 5:13.70, 4. Kristin Johansing, SU, 5:16.31, 5. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 5:24.41, 6. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 5:27.70, 7. Megan Ackerman, SU, 5:36.80, 8. Kelly Swanson, SU, 5:38.44. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Sheila Tehranchi, OSU, 2:23.11, 2. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:25.09, 3. Grace Peterson, OSU, 2:30.31, 4. Marion Gallagher, SU, 2:31.12, 5. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 2:31.46, 6. Ryann Cooper, SU, 2:36.92, 7. Kristin Johansing, SU, 2:38.03, 8. Stephanie Fong, SU, 2:44.75. 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Oregon State A (Huston, Higashijima, Starkey, Finlay), 3:36.53, 2. Seattle A,. 3:46.60, 3. Oregon State B, 3:48.74, 4. Seattle B, 4:01.54.

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