Women's Swimming Stays Close, But Washington State Too Much For OSU

Feb. 2, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon State women's swimming came up short in their attempt to earn their first Pacific-10 Conference dual meet victory as the Beavers (7-4 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) were defeated 113-90 by Washington State Saturday.

The two teams swam a 14-event schedule Friday night and the Cougars led throughout on their way to a 159-103 victory. On Saturday, WSU finished first in seven of 11 events, but the Beavers stayed within striking distance and trailed 98-88 going into the meet's final event.

'I was disappointed with the outcome yesterday and today, but I'm extremely excited about the effort we gave today,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'This was one of the best team efforts that I have seen from this team. This morning was a good moral victory for us.'

Naya Higashijima won the 1,000 and 500-yard freestyle races and Birte Steven finished first in the 200 breaststroke for the Beavers. Bonnie Renwick, Steven, Suzanne Starkey and Kristin Huston teamed to win the 400-medley relay for OSU's other win.

'We did a lot better in the second through fifth place finishes today,' Podkoscielny said. 'There were a couple of close races, but we just didn't get the breaks. WSU put together a good meet and they are a well improved team.'

The Beavers will host Washington Saturday, February 9, in their final dual meet of the season.

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Oregon State A (Renwick, Steven, Starkey, Huston), 3:53.24, 2. Washington State B (Byrnes, Swanson, Chinn, Schmied), 4:03.53, Washington State A (LeRoy, Dong, Henahan, Hubley), (disqualified). 1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Higashijima, OSU, 10:22.08, 2. Olson, WSU, 10:27.08, 3. Zavereh, WSU, 10:31.99, 4. Verena Haas, OSU, 10:34.68, 5. Louw, WSU, 10:43.32, 6. Peterson, OSU, 10:56.49, 7. McMinn, OSU, 11:20.25. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Cohen, WSU, 1:54.71, 2. Steven, OSU, 1:56.60, 3. Chambers, OSU, 1:56.79, 4. Taylor, WSU, 1:56.82, 5. Byrnes, WSU, 1:59.35, 6. Personius, OSU, 2:00.80. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Henahan, WSU, 24.23, 2. Huston, OSU, 24.43, 3. Schmied, WSU, 24.94, 4. Swanson, WSU, 25.03, 5. Starkey, OSU, 25.11, 6. Renwick, OSU, 25.12. 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY 1. LeRoy, WSU, 2:08.96, 2. Finlay, OSU, 2:10.66, 3. Embertson, OSU, 2:12.81, 4. Hong, OSU, 2:13.54, 5. Chinn, WSU, 2:14.92, 6. Dunn, WSU, 2:17.33, 7. Reynolds, OSU, 2:20.79. 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Hubley, WSU, 2:02.13, 2. Higashijima, OSU, 2:03.28, 3. Haas, OSU, 2:11.65, 4. Zavareh, WSU, 2:11.66, 5. McMinn, OSU, 2:16.64, 6. Irwin, WSU, 2:18.06. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Henahan, WSU, 53.07, 2. Huston, OSU, 53.32, 3. Dong, WSU, 53.34, 4. Schmied, WSU, 54.49, 5. Starkey, OSU, 54.58, 6. Renwick, OSU, 54.72, 7. Chambers, OSU, 54.85, 8. Swanson, WSU, 55.16. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. LeRoy, WSU, 2:06.79, 2. Byrnes, WSU, 2:06.99, 3. Hong, OSU, 2:10.44, 4. Finlay, OSU, 2:11.94, 5. Embertson, OSU, 2:13.15, 6. Dunn, WSU, 2:13.94, 7. Taylor, WSU, 2:16.81, 8. Personius, OSU, 2:19,62. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Higashijima, OSU, 5:05.40, 2. Cohen, WSU, 5:07.52, 3. Haas, OSU, 5:10,94, 4. Haas, OSU, 5:13.02, 5. Louw, WSU, 5:13.12, 6. Peterson, OSU, 5:27.25, 7. Stoddard, OSU, 5:30.13. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Steven, OSU, 2:18.91, 2. Embertson, OSU, 2:24.31, 3. Dong, WSU, 2:24.33, 4. Finlay, OSU, 2:24.84, 5. Reynolds, OSU, 2:32.65, 6. Chinn, WSU, 2:35.77. 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Washington State A (Cohen, Louw, Taylor, Hubley), 3:35.30, 2. Washington State B (Dunn, Zavareh, Olson, Irwin), 3:44.08, 3. Oregon State A (Chambers, Personius, Hong, Peterson), 3:47.90.

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