OSU Claims Conference Win Over Washington State

Jan. 31, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Five Oregon State swimmers won an individual event as the Beavers defeated Washington State 100-78 Friday night in Pacific-10 Conference women's swimming action at Stevens Natatorium.

OSU (11-2, 1-2) started the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay and Naya Higashijima followed with a win in the 1,000 freestyle. Kristi Kuhlmey then won the 200 freestyle to give the Beavers a 30-point advantage.

Birte Steven placed first in the 200 individual medley, Kristin Huston took the 100 freestyle, and Ausra Pacebutaite finished first the 100 backstroke for the Beavers, who captured their first Pac-10 victory since the 1999-2000 season.

'It's good to get the win, but more importantly we were racing hard and what we did in the pool today was what we were looking for,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'The important thing is that we have to do even better tomorrow. We are going to have to repeat day-after-day at the Pac-10s, so we can't allow ourselves to get down emotionally or physically.'

Oregon State was successful Friday in earning second and third place finishes. OSU swept the 200 individual medley with Paula Finlay taking second and Christina Kinney third. Higashijima, Danielle Kinney, Jessie Hong and Huston all earned second place finishes in their respective events.

'We were in control of the meet but what stood out in my mind was how aggressively we approached every event,' Podkoscielny said. 'We were racing hard regardless of where we were in the meet.'

Oregon State and Washington State face each other again 11 a.m. Saturday. The Beavers, who are now one win shy of tying the school record for victories in a season, will honor seniors Finlay, Higashijima, McMinn and Suzanne Starkey before the meet.

RESULTS

Oregon State 100, Washington State 78

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Oregon State (Starkey, Steven, Christina Kinney, Kristin Huston) 1:46.65; 2. Washington State (Chinn, Copland, Henahan, Ouellete) 1:48.82; 3. Oregon State (Thomas, Embertson, Miroslaw, Foree) 1:54.53; 4. Washington State (Dunn, Eldred, Mills, Schmied) 1:55.92. 1000 FREESTYLE - 1. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 10:07.91; 2. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 10:35.22: 3. Becca Cohen, WSU, 10:38.22; 4. Leah Schaab, OSU, 10:44.78. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 1:55.92; 2. Jessie Hong, OSU, 1:58.17; 3. Jill Olson, WSU, 1:58.66; 4. Sasha Taylor, WSU, 1:59.03; 5. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 2:00.63; 6. Leanne Svoboda, OSU, 2:02.02; 7. Natascha Renfro, WSU, 2:04.76; 8. Andrea Lubeck, WSU, 2:15.51. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Lindsay Henahan, WSU, 24.40; 2. Kristin Huston, OSU, 24.77; 3. Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 24.88; 4. Sara Schmed, WSU, 25.16; 5. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 25.25; 6. Sheena Mills, WSU, 25.75; 7. Lesley Ouelette, WSU, 25.93; 8. Lynsey Foree, OSU, 26.52; (EX) Anna Zucker, OSU, 29.92. 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:07.78; 2. Paula Finaly, OSU, 2:10.15; 3. Christina Kinney, OSU, 2:12.04; 4. Nicole Chinn, WSU, 2:15.97; 5. Theresa Dunn, WSU, 2:19.03; 6. Karen Eldred, WSU, 2:23.25; (EX) Monica Miroslaw, OSU, 2:13.18; (EX) Chelsea Keown, OSU, 2:18.12. 100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Lindsay Henahan, WSU, 56.32; 2. Naya Higashijima, OSU, 56.87; 3. (tie) Suzanne Starkey, OSU, 24.88; 3. Christina Kinney, OSU, 57.65; 5. Sheena Mills, WSU, 1:00.62; 6. Leah Schaab, OSU, 1:02.65; 7. Natascha Renfro, WSU, 1:03.15; (EX) Leanne Svoboda, OSU, 1:05.56. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 53.55; 2. Becca Cohen, WSU, 54.10; 3. Paula Finlay, OSU, 54.12; 4. Sara Schmeid, WSU, 54.42; 5. Lynsey Foree, OSU, 56.86; 6. Chelsea Keown, OSU, 57.63. 100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 58.44; 2. Nicole Chinn, WSU, 59.07; 3. Sasha Taylor, WSU, 1:00.91; 4. Jessie Hong, OSU, 1:01.62; 5. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 1:02.55; 6. Theresa Dunn, WSU, 1:02.61; 7. Mari Embertson, OSU, 1:03.31; 8. Andrea Lubeck, WSU, 1:10.98. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Jill Olson, WSU, 5:08.72; 2. Jane Copland, WSU, 5:09.88; (EX) Naya Higashijima, OSU, 5:01.00; (EX) Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 5:06.85; (EX) Danielle Kinney, OSU, 5:11.84; (EX) Leanne Svoboda, OSU, 5:32.99. 100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Jane Copland, WSU, 1:05.86; 2. Lesley Ouelette, WSU, 1:11.13; 3. Karen Eldred, WSU, 1:14.78; (EX) Birte Steven, OSU, 1:03.25; (EX) Paula Finlay, OSU, 1:05.63; (EX) Mari Embertson, 1:07.65; (EX) Leah Schaab, OSU, 1:09.71. 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - (EX) Washington State (Mills, Henahan, Schmied, Cohen) 1:39.64; (EX) Oregon State (Pacebutiate, D. Kinney, Kristi Kuhlmey, Hong) 1:41.97; (EX) Washington State (Chinn, Dunn, Taylor, Renfro) 1:42.82.

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