OSU Puts Win Streak On Line
Jan. 10, 2002
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
Brigham Young at Oregon State, Stevens Natatorium, 4 p.m.
Oregon State looks to extend its dual meet winning streak to six when it hosts Brigham Young Saturday at Stevens Natatorium.
The meet will be the Beavers (5-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10 duals) first in nearly a month as OSU last swam Dec. 18 in Hawi'i. Oregon State's last home competition was a victory over San Jose State on Nov. 3.
BYU (3-1 overall) competes at Washington on Friday before traveling to Corvallis. The Beavers and Cougars saw a glimpse of each other earlier this season as both schools competed at the Speedo Cup, in which OSU placed second out of 21 teams.
'We beat them at the Speedo Cup, but we were at different parts of our season and we were more prepared and toned for racing,' Oregon State head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'They were Western Athletic Conference Champions last season and we expect them to be a hard- racing team.'
Podkoscielny had some concern with his team staying in shape during Christmas vacation, but said for the most part everyone did a good job of working out on their own. One concern for the Beavers, though, is injuries.
'We will have to wait and see if Sheila will be back 100 percent in time for the Pacific-10 Championships,' Podkoscielny said. 'We are going to miss those three and it makes our task a little bit tougher.'
ALL-TIME VERSUS BYU: Oregon State is 0-6 against Brigham Young. The two teams first met in 1981 and last met in 1996. The closest margin of defeat for the Beavers came in the 1994 meet, which the Cougars won 109-89.
LAST MEET: The Beavers won non-league dual meets versus Hawai'i and Seattle during the holidays, stretching their winning streak to five.
Against Seattle, Naya Higashijima won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly to push her dual-meet win streak to 20 races this season. Oregon State, which won the meet 84-16, 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 while in Hawai'i. '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.'
In the 134-97 win over Hawai'i, Higashijima won the 1,000-yard freestyle, the 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle. That helped OSU win a meet in which the Beavers overcame several potential pitfalls.
Oregon State spotted Hawai'i 26 points in the two diving events because the Beavers don't have a diving squad, OSU swam two days after wrapping up final exams and one day after flying to Honolulu.
'This was a very unique situation,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'There were a lot of factors that could have gone the wrong way and taken us out of this meet, but the kids didn't let it affect them and it showed in their performance all the way through ... you could tell they were still tired and recovering from finals. It was a tough situation but they really came through.'
Also picking up wins for the Beavers were Kristin Huston on the 50 freestyle, Paula Finlay in the 200 backstroke, Birte Steven in the 100 breaststroke and teams in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
'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.'
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 26-32 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.
BEAVERS FACE TOP-FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Oregon State will compete against 6 teams ranked in the CSCAA coaches poll as of Dec. 13: No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 6 California, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 10 Southern California and No. 11 UCLA.
STEVENS NATATORIUM: Oregon State swims its home meets at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus. The Beavers are 2-0 at home in dual meets this season and have an all-time record of 7-3 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 WINNING STREAKS: Oregon State's current 5-meet win streak in duals is the Beavers' longest since ... last season. OSU also won 5 straight duals in 2000-01. Prior to that, though, the Beavers hadn't put together a 5-meet win streak since the last 5 meets of the 1993-94 season.
OREGON STATE SCHOOL RECORDS: Members of Oregon State's 2001-02 squad hold 11 of the 14 individual event school records. The Beavers have already begun rewriting the book this season, having broken school records 14 times in 12 different events. A look at the occasions when OSU has set school marks this season:
1,000 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,10:09.39, Oct. 26 vs. Utah.400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Naya Higashijima,4:26.56, Nov. 3 vs. San Jose State.400 MEDLEY RELAY: Suzanne Starkey, Birte Steven,Naya Higashijima and Kristin Huston,3:48.03, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup.200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Paula Finlay,2:04.54, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup.500 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,4:54.86, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup (prelims).500 FREESYLE: Naya Higashijima,4:54.05, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup (finals).200 FREESTYLE: Kristin Huston,1:50.61, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.100 BUTTERFLY: Suzanne Starkey,56.14, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.800 FREESTYLE RELAY: Naya Higashijima, Paula Finlay,Birte Steven and Kristin Huston,7:31.50, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.200 MEDLEY RELAY: Suzanne Starkey, Birte Steven,Bonnie Renwick and Kristin Huston,1:44.09, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.1,000 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,10:08.93, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.1,650 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,16:43.75, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.200 BUTTERFLY: Naya Higashijima,2:00.32, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.200 BREASTROKE: Birte Steven,2:13.95, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.
OREGON STATE EVENT WINNERS: So far this season, Naya Higashijima tops OSU swimmers in individual event victories with 20 wins. The Beaver leaders through Dec. 18 (exhibition wins in parentheses, and not included in total):
1. Naya Higashijima (2) 202. Birte Steven 123. Kristin Huston 104. Suzanne Starkey 35. Paula Finlay 2(tie) Verena Hass 27. Jessie Hong 1(tie) Mari Embertson 1(tie) Bonnie Renwick (1) 1(tie) Sheila Tehranchi 1
BEAVERS' PLACES ON SCHOOL TOP-10 LISTS: Current OSU squad members hold 55 of the 141 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 Dec. 18:
1. Naya Higashijima 82. Birte Steven 73. Paula Finlay 6(tie) Suzanne Starkey 65. Bonnie Renwick 4(tie) Kristin Huston 47. Mari Embertson 3(tie) Verena Haas 39. Kristin Martinec 2(tie) Jillian McMinn 2(tie) Dana Stoddard 2(tie) Sheila Tehranchi 2(tie) Jessie Hong 2(tie) Grace Peterson 215. Nicole Reynolds 1(tie) Jill Personius 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 individual top-10 lists through Dec. 18:
50 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels 23.11 19942. Kristin Huston 23.69 20026. Suzanne Starkey 24.10 20018. Bonnie Renwick 24.36 2001100 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels 50.64 19952. Kristin Huston 51.40 20027. Suzanne Starkey 52.42 200110. Bonnie Renwick 53.19 2000200 FREESTYLE1. Kristin Huston 1:50.61 20024. Naya Higashijima 1:52.89 20005. Birte Steven 1:54.20 20029. Paula Finlay 1:54.99 2000500 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima 4:54.05 20003. Verena Haas 5:03.72 20026. Birte Steven 5:05.31 20017. Verena Haas 5:05.78 20029. Stephanie Chambers 5:06.67 20021,000 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima 10:08.93 20022. Birte Steven 10:19.01 20025. Grace Peterson 10:26.76 20026. Verena Haas 10:28.99 20027. Jillian McMinn 10:38.50 20009. Dana Stoddard 10:44.56 19991,650 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima 16:43.75 20015. Grace Peterson 17:34.62 20026. Dana Stoddard 17:35.08 19998. Jill Personius 17:45.61 20019. 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 20017. Jessie Hong 2:06.77 2002100 BUTTERFLY1. Suzanne Starkey 56.14 20022. Bonnie Renwick 57.04 20013. Naya Higashijima 57.17 20014. Kristin Martinec 57.20 1999200 BUTTERFLY1. Naya Higashijima 2:00.33 20025. Kristin Martinec 2:09.34 19996. Suzanne Starkey 2:09.44 20028. 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 2:13.95 20022. Paula Finlay 2:19.50 20024. Sheila Tehranchi 2:21.17 20017. Mari Embertson 2:22.89 20028. Nicole Reynolds 2:23.87 2002200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Paula Finlay 2:04.54 20022. Birte Steven 2:05.25 20026. Naya Higashijima 2:08.40 20027. Mari Embertson 2:08.96 2002400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Naya Higashijima 4:26.56 20022. Birte Steven 4:27.99 20014. Paula Finlay 4:28.30 20015. Mari Embertson 4:29.99 200210. Jessie Hong 4:36.46 2002