Senior All-American Birte Steven Finishes Third in 100-meter Breaststroke

Dec. 4, 2003

Day one at the United States Open drew to a close with senior All-American Birte Steven finishing third in the 100-meter breaststroke, giving Oregon State 12th place standings. She was the only Beaver swimmer to race today.

'This was her lifetime best swim,' OSU head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'It was a super swim, and she's very excited about it. We are both looking forward to the 200 breaststroke.'

Steven swam the long-course in 1 minute, 9.75 seconds. Prior to the meet, Liebowitz noted 'since the long-course is a different feel than what our swimmers face during the regular season, if Birte swims the 100 (breaststroke) in 1:09, she will be doing something special.'

Racing continues Friday morning with the preliminaries, and on into the evening with the finals. Slated to race for the Beavers are junior Mari Embertson and sophomore Monika Miroslaw in the 400 individual medley, and sophomore Christina Kinney in the 100 butterfly.

Embertson set the school record in the 400 IM at the Speedo Cup Nov. 20-22, while Kinney improved her second place standing in OSU record books in the 100 fly.


100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Megan Quann, South Sound Titans, 1:08.13; 2. Tara J Kirk, Unattached, 1:08.99; 3. Birte Steven ,OSU, 1:09.75; 4. Rhiannon Leier, Canada, 1:09.76; 5. Lauren Van Oosten, Canada, 1:10.11.

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