Swimming Drowns BYU, 110-92

Jan. 12, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State women's swim team captured eight of 11 races en route to a 110-92 win over Brigham Young at Stevens Natatorium in non-league swimming action on Saturday evening.

The Beavers (6-2 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) got two race wins from Kristin Huston, Birte Steven, and Naya Higashijima, as OSU jumped out to a quick 74-38 advantage after six races.

The 400-yard medley relay team of Bonnie Renwick, Birte Steven, Suzanne Starkey and Kristin Huston opened the meet with a win with a time of 3:53.65, and the Beavers never looked back from there.

Huston's first win came in the 50 freestyle, where she sped to a time of 24.51. She then followed that with a time of 52.66 to win the 100 freestyle.

Steven notched her 13th and 14th wins of the year, as she claimed the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:07.63. The sophomore All-American then took home the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.51 while swimming the race as an exhibition.

Higashijima tallied her team-leading 21st and 22nd wins of the year, claiming the 200 butterfly in 2:04.84 and the 500 freestyle in 5:01.33.

Freshman Verena Haas also had a win on the day, capturing the 1,000 freestyle in 10:26.61.

'I think this was huge to set up the rest of the season for us,' OSU coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We finished up pretty strong in December - there were a lot of unknowns as far as taking a break for the holidays and then coming back and having a few problems with injuries. There were a lot of things that, for all practical reasons, should have brought us down, but we were able to bounce back well at this meet and set up the rest of the season in a good way.

'I think Verena Haas probably was the workhorse today because she had to swim all the distance events as well as the 200 fly without much rest. We had a whole bunch of people step up and perform well. It started off with a great reley, then Paula Finlay had a great 200 backstroke. The 100 breaststrokers did an awesome job, as did the medlists. We were in the middle of every race, so it's just nice to be in that kind of mix.'

The Beavers get a week off before heading to California to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs on Jan. 26.

'We have a weekend off next weekend and then we travel to Fresno State,' Podkoscielny said. 'That's going to be a tough weekend there, because it's in their house. Last time we swam them at home we lost, so we've got a little score to settle.'

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. OSU 'A' (Renwick, Steven, Starkey, Huston), 3:53.65, 2. BYU 'A' (Burrows, Grant, Lietz, Adams), 3:55.45, 3. BYU 'B' (Rumfallow, Covington, Juran, Lambert), time not available, 4. OSU 'B' (Hong, Embertson, Reynolds, Stoddard), 4:25.82, 5. BYU 'C' (Rappleye, Egan, Majaj, Busley), time not available. 1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Verena Haas, OSU 10:26.61, 2. Grace Peterson, OSU, 10:33.42, 3. Monica Ferrell, BYU, 10:41.92, 4. Jill McMinn, OSU, 10:54.58, 5. Lindsey Otteson, BYU, 11:10.48, 6. Rachel Mason, BYU, 11:20.10. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Courtnee Adams, BYU, 1:53.01, 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 1:53.10, 3. Paula Finlay, OSU, 1:55.64, 4. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 1:57.41, 5. Codi Jensen, BYU, 1:59.66, 6. Jill Personius, OSU, 2:00.35, 7. Amy Garrick, BYU, 2:01.86. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 24.51, 2. Bonnie Renwick, OSU, 25.36, 3. Jamie Lambert, BYU, 25.39, 4. Melissa Busby, BYU, 25.51, 5. Kristi Egan, BYU, 26.71, 6. Kathryn Rappleye, BYU, 26.88. 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:07.63, 2. Ashlee Rumfallow, BYU, 2:11.14, 3. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:12.10, 4. Tamber Covington, BYU, 2:12.40, 5. Amanda Grant, BYU, 2:13.06. 6. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:13.08, 7. Tina Adkinson, BYU, 2:13.82, 8. Nicole Reynolds, OSU, 2:18.01. 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 2:04.84, 2. Verena Haas, OSU, 2:07.72, 3. Monica Ferrell, BYU, 2:12.59, 4. Hana Majaj, BYU, 2:13.91, 5. Jill McMinn, OSU, 2:14.21, 6. Amy Garrick, BYU, 2:17.72, 7. Lyndi Juvan, BYU, 2:18.48. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 52.66, 2. Heidi Lietz, BYU, 53.20, 3. Stephanie Chambers, OSU, 55.18, 4. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 55.56, 5. Melissa Busby, BYU, 56.25. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Tina Adkinson, BYU, 2:07.84, 2. Paula Finlay, OSU, 2:07.94, 3. Nichole Burrows, BYU, 2:08.88, 4. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:10.63, 5. Ashlee Rumfallow, BYU, 2:10.74, 6. Kathryn Rappleye, BYU, 2:14.02. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 5:01.33, 2. Verena Haas, OSU, 5:07.38, 3. Grace Peterson, OSU, 5:11.73, 4. Lindsey Otteson, BYU, 5:22.02, 5. Codi Jensen, BYU, 5:26.18, 6. Dana Stoddard, OSU, 5:28.41, 7. Rachel Mason, BYU, 5:32.67. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU (exhibition), 2:16.51, 2. Tamber Covington, BYU, 2:23.09, 3. Paula Finlay, OSU (exhibition), 2:23.51, 4. Mari Embertson, OSU (exhibition), 2:27.79, 5. Jamie Lambert, BYU, 2:28.53, 6. Amanda Grant, BYU, 2:30.70, 6. Nicole Reynolds, OSU (exhibition), 2:30.70, 8. Kristi Egan, BYU, 2:32.21. 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. BYU 'A' (Lietz, Burrows, Ferrell, Adams), 3:35.16, 2. OSU (Renwick, Chambers, Personius, Starkey), 3:39.02, 3. BYU 'B' (Adkinson, Jensen, Mason, Otteson), 3:51.74.

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