Steven Starts Senior Season With Four Wins

Oct. 10, 2003

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Birte Steven earned four victories as Oregon State opened its women's swimming season Friday afternoon with a double-dual meet at California-Santa Barbara. The Beavers were edged 132-128 by UCSB and fell to UCLA 148-108; Steven won the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes against both the Gauchos and the Bruins.

OSU also got two wins against the Gauchos from Kristin Huston in the 100 and 200 freestyles and Christina Kinney in the 100 and 200 butterflies. The Beavers also picked up victories against UCSB from freshman Sandy Hong in the 1,000 freestyle and in the 400 freestyle relay to win eight of the 14 events in that dual.

'I thought they did a great job today,' said Larry Liebowitz, who was making his head coaching debut at Oregon State. 'They swam really well; we had some career dual-meet bests and Birte made the B qualifying standard in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes - that's a great swim.'

Swimmers meeting the 'A' standard earn automatic entry into the NCAA Championships; swimmers meeting the 'B' standard will be considered for inclusion in the NCAAs. Steven is a five-time All-American in the breaststrokes.

OSU also picked up wins against UCLA from Huston in the 200 freestyle, Monika Miroslaw in the 400 individual medley, Ausra Pacebutaite in the 100 backstroke and in the 400 freestyle relay.

'They raced really solid and were very supportive of each other,' Liebowitz said of the Beavers. 'I thought it was a very good start to the season.'

Huston's three dual meet wins on the day gave her 31 for her career, tying her for sixth place on OSU's list of Pac-10 era leaders with Paula Finlay (2000-03) and Traci Lamoure (1994-98). Steven now has 75 career wins, which is good for second place on the list; Naya Higashijima - now OSU's undergraduate assistant coach - is the leader with 104.

Next up for Oregon State is its home-opener against San Jose State; the Beavers will greet the Spartans on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. in Stevens Natatorium at OSU's Dixon Recreation Center.

CALIFORNIA-SANTA BARBARA 132, OREGON STATE 128

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. UCSB (Dalonzo, Wong, Short, Lyes), 1:45.77; 2. OSU (Pacebutaite, Steven, Kinney, Marhenke), 1:46.84; 7. UCSB (Scott, Belisle, Moecker, Glusac), 1:51.16; 8. UCSB (Taylor, Andropoulos, Sulprizio, Fisher), 1:52.88; 9. OSU (Foree, Schaab, Thomas, Jones), 1:57.17. 1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Sandy Hong, OSU, 10:19.47; 2. Emily Murad, UCSB, 10:24.53; 3. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 10:25.56; 4. Abby Murad, UCSB, 10:27.63; 5. Lily Johnson, UCSB, 10:30.24. 200 FREESTYLE - Kristin Huston, OSU, 1:54.08; 2. Stephanie Netzley, UCSB, 1:54.65; 3. Colleen Barnett, UCSB, 1:55.06; 4. Allison Eller, UCSB, 1:55.07; 5. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 1:57.12; 6. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:02.89. 100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Lindsay Dalonzo, UCSB, 57.30; 2. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 57.33; 3. Stephanie Scott, UCSB, 59.26; 4. Danielle Taylor, UCSB, 1:00.83; 5.Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 1:02.76; 6. Lynsey Foree, OSU, 1:05.30. 100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 1:03.15; 2. Mari Embertson, OSU, 1:07.36; 3. Pam Wong, UCSB, 1:07.60; 4. Amy Belisle, UCSB, 1:08.14; 5. Melissa Andropoulos, UCSB, 1:11.18; 6. Leah Schaab, OSU, 1:11.30. 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Christina Kinney, OSU 2:03.92; 2. Jennifer Schwalb, UCSB, 2:04.37; 3. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 2:06.11; 4. Katie Moeckel, UCSB, 2:08.39; 5. Jen Moeckel, UCSB, 2:11.43; 6. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 2:13.28. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Jennie Lyes, UCSB, 24.14; 2. Kristin Huston, OSU, 24.31; 3. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 24.67; 4. Kendal Short, UCSB, 25.39; 5. Becky Glusac, UCSB, 25.77; 6. Brie Marhenke, OSU, 26.15. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 53.51; 2. Jennie Lyes, UCSB, 53.67; 3. Gina Sulprizio, UCSB, 54.47; 4. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 55.73; 5. Lauren Moskovitz, UCSB, 55.99; 6. Brie Marhenke, OSU, 57.67. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Lindsay Dalonzo, UCSB, 2:04.18; 2. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 2:04.40; 3. Stephanie Scott, UCSB, 2:08.79; 4. Danielle Taylor, UCSB, 2:09.95; 5. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 2:12.83; 6. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:17.57. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:14.20; 2. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:21.06; 3. Jennifer Schwalb, UCSB, 2:08.79; 4. Amy Belisle, UCSB, 2:27.79; 5. Leah Schaab, OSU,2:29.09; 6. Amy Mitchell, UCSB, 2:40.85. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Allison Eller, UCSB, 5:03.25; 2. Sandy Hong, OSU, 5:03.60; 3. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 5:04.88; 4. Colleen Barnett, UCSB, 5:04.90; 5. Lily Johnson, UCSB, 5:10.80; 6. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 5:13.94. 100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Christina Kinney, OSU, 57.13; 2. Kendal Short, UCSB, 57.49; 3. Stephanie Netzley, UCSB, 58.29; 4. Katie Moeckel, UCSB, 58.36; 5. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 1:00.16; 6. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 1:03.57. 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Jennifer Schwalb ,UCSB, 4:28.88; 2. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 4:30.96; 3. Mari Embertson, OSU, 4:31.21; 4. Stephanie Scott, UCSB, 4:39.37; 5. Pam Wong, UCSB, 4:40.26; 6. Jessie Hong, OSU, 4:58.10. 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. OSU (Steven, Kuhlmey, C. Kinney, Huston), 3:32.13; 2. UCSB (Lyes, Dalonzo, Eller, Netzley), 3:33.74; 3. UCSB (Barnett, Glusac, Johnson, Sulprizio), 3:40.39; 4. OSU (D. Kinney, Marhenke, Jones, Hong), 3:40.76.

UCLA 148, OREGON STATE 108

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. UCLA (Watanabe, Hovsepian, Lewis, Platzer), 1:46.46; 2. Oregon State (Pacebutaite, Steven, Kinney, Marhenke), 1:46.84; 3. UCLA (Arnold, Seissen, Vandenberg, Svahnstrom), 1:46.85; 4. UCLA (Bal, Thurman, Buck, Smart), 1:50.67; 5. UCLA (Iverson, Fuccillo, Miesner, Butler), 1:541.04; 6. Oregon State (Foree, Schaab, Thomas, Jones), 1:57.17. 1,000 FREESTYLE - 1. Katie Nelson, UCLA, 1:00.90; 2. Liz Keating, UCLA, 1:06.71; 3. Jane Imagane, UCLA, 10:13.94; 4. Sandy Hong, OSU, 10:19.47; 5. Kristen Tinney, UCLA, 10:23.58; 6. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 10:25.56. 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 1:54.08; 2. Lindsay Wolf, UCLA, 1:54.87; 3. Jackie Lobdell, UCLA, 1:55.37; 4. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 1:57.12; 5. Lindsey Buck, UCLA, 1:57.28; 6. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:02.89. 100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 57.33; 2. Naoko Watanabe, UCLA, 57.54; 3. Katie Arnold, UCLA, 58.52; 4. Kim Scarborough, UCLA, 59.67; 5. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 1:02.76; 6. Lynsey Foree, OSU, 1:05.30. 100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 1:03.15; 2. Leslie Hovsepian, UCLA, 1:06.77; 3. Cathy Coler, UCLA, 1:07.60; 4. Eileen Seissen, UCLA, 1:07.62; 5. Mari Embertson, OSU, 1:07.36; 6. Leah Schaab, OSU, 1:11.30. 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Kristen Lewis, UCLA, 2:03.20; 2. Christina Kinney, OSU, 2:03.92; 3. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 2:06.11; 4. Krista Daley, UCLA, 2:06.59; 5. Isabel Miesner, UCLA, 2:06.68; 6. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 2:13.28. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Sara Platzer, UCLA, 23.74; 2. Kim Vandenberg, UCLA, 24.09; 3. Kristin Huston, OSU, 24.31; 4. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 24.67; 5. Katie Arnold, UCLA, 23.74; 6. Brie Marhenke, OSU, 26.15. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Malin Svahnstrom, UCLA, 53.37; 2. Kristin Huston, OSU, 53.51; 3. Amy Thurman, UCLA, 53.53; 4. Lindsey Smart, UCLA, 53.57; 5. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 55.73; 6. Brie Marhenke, OSU, 57.67. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Naoko Watanabe, UCLA, 2:03.11; 2. Courtney Iversen, UCLA, 2:04.01; 3. Kim Scarborough, UCLA, 2:04.79; 4. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 2:04.40; 5. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 2:12.83; 6. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:17.57. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:14.20; 2. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:21.06; 3. Shellene Catalano, UCLA, 2:21.52; 4. Cathy Coler, UCLA, 2:23.48; 5. Jeana Fuccillo, UCLA, 2:25.66; 6. Leah Schaab, OSU, 2:29.09. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Katie Nelson, UCLA, 4:55.55; 2. Liz Keating, UCLA, 4:55.89; 3. Jane Imagane, UCLA, 4:58.90; 4. Sandy Hong, OSU, 5:03.60; 5. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 5:04.88; 6. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 5:13.94. 100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Kim Vandenburg, UCLA, 55.85; 2. Kirsten Lewis, UCLA, 56.23; 3. Christina Kinney, OSU, 57.13; 4. Kendall Butler, UCLA, 58.83; 5. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 1:00.16; 6. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 1:03.576. 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 4:30.96; 2. Mari Embertson, OSU, 4:31.21; 3. Jessie Hong, OSU, 4:58.10; Kim Scarborough, UCLA, 4:24.32 (exhibition); Brooke Winkler, UCLA, 4:28.76 (exhibition); Jeana Fuccillo, UCLA, 4:31.74 (exhibition). 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Oregon State (Steven, Kuhlmey, C. Kinney, Huston), 3:32.13; 2. Oregon State (D. Kinney, Marhenke, Jones, Hong), 3:40.76; UCLA (Butler, Tinney, Nieto, Thurman), 3:27.12 (exhibition); UCLA (Vandenberg, Smart, Platzer, Svahnstrom), 3:32.68 (exhibition); UCLA (Buck, Seissen, Bal, Wolf), 3:49.32 (exhibition); UCLA (Lewis, Miller, Murray, Daley), 3:49.51 (exhibition).

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