OSU Looks For Seventh Straight Win

Jan. 23, 2002


Oregon State at Fresno State, Fresno, Calif., 11 a.m.

Oregon State (6-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10) looks to extend its dual meet winning streak to seven when it travels to Fresno State (6-2, 0-0 Western Athletic) on Saturday in non-league women's swimming.

'We are looking forward to swimming in Fresno,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'Fresno State lost a lot of seniors so they are kind of in a rebuilding situation, but they have very good upperclassmen and a lot of good freshmen came in for them and are swimming very well.'

That's not OSU's only obstacle to increasing its win streak. Oregon State does not field a diving team, so the Bulldogs can pick up 32 uncontested points in the diving events. Fresno State's home pool is outside and weather forecasts are predicting rain and temperatures to be around 50 degrees.

The Beavers will be without Kristin Martinec, Annie Zucker and Sheila Tehranchi for the second meet in a row due to injuries.

'It is going to be an uphill battle for a number of reasons, but it will be a good meet to test our character going into the Pac-10 part of the schedule,' Podkoscielny said.

Fresno State will be the Beavers' final non-league opponent of the dual meet season. OSU goes to Washington State for duals on Feb. 1-2, then has its regular-season finale at home against Washington on Feb. 9. The Pacific-10 Championships are Feb. 28-March 2.

If the Beavers can overcome those obstacles in Fresno, they could come home with the third-longest dual meet winning streak in OSU women's swimming history. The current six-meet win streak is tied for third-longest in the history of the program, OSU has previously won six straight meets on three occasions, the latest during the 1989-90 season.

Oregon State's longest winning streak is 11, done twice. The 1979-80 team won its last 8 meets and the Beavers began the following season with 3 straight wins. In 1981-82, OSU won its final five meets and the Beavers won their first six duals during the 1982-83 season.

ALL-TIME VERSUS FRESNO STATE: Oregon State earned its first victory over the Bulldogs last season with a 145-117 win in Corvallis. Fresno State won the first 3 meetings in the series, which began in 1992, the Bulldogs' last win was 136-126 in Fresno in 2000.

LAST MEET: Oregon State captured 8 of 11 races en route to a 110-92 win over Brigham Young at Stevens Natatorium on Jan. 12.

The Beavers got 2 wins each from Kristin Huston, Birte Steven and Naya Higashijima, as they jumped out to a quick 74-38 lead after 6 races.

Verena Haas won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the Beavers placed first in the the 400 medley relay.

'I think this was huge to set up the rest of of the season for us,' OSU head 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 holdiays 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 athis meet and set up the rest of the season in a good way.

'I think Verena Haas probably was the workhorse 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 with a great relay, 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.'

Naya Higashijima's 19-race dual meet win streak ended when the OSU junior placed second by .09 seconds in the 200 freestyle.

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 27-32 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 3-0 at home in dual meets this season and have an all-time record of 8-3 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 6-meet win streak in duals is the third-longest in the history of the program. The Beavers' won 6 straight duals between the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. Oregon State's longest winning streak is 11, a feat set twice. The 1979-80 team won its last 8 meets and the following season started with 3 wins. In 1981-82, OSU finished with 5 wins and the Beavers won their first 6 dual meets during the 1982-82 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 21 wins. The Beaver leaders through Jan. 13 (exhibition wins in parentheses, and not included in total):

1. Naya Higashijima  (2) 202. Birte Steven      (1) 143. Kristin Huston	 124. Suzanne Starkey	 3(tie) Verena Hass	 36. Paula Finlay 	 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 56 of the 140 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 Jan. 12:

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. Stephanie Chambers	1(tie) 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 Jan. 12:

50 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	23.11	19942. Kristin Huston	23.69	20026. Suzanne Starkey	23.96	20028. 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	20024. Verena Haas  	5:03.72	20026. Birte Steven 	5:05.31	20018. Stephanie Chambers	5:06.67	20021,000 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	10:08.93 20022. Birte Steven 	10:19.01 20025. Verena Haas  	10:26.61 20026. Grace Peterson	10:26.76 20027. Jillian McMinn	10:38.50 20009. Dana Stoddard	10:44.56 19991,650 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	16:43.75 20025. 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	20024. Verena Haas  	2:07.72	20026. Kristin Martinec	2:09.34	19997. Suzanne Starkey	2:09.44	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
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