Swimming Looks For Better Effort After So-So Weekend At Utah

Nov. 8, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State women's swim team rediscoverd its aggressive nature last Saturday in a 153-126 win over Utah after coming out sluggish against the Utes on Friday in a 120-101 loss. The Beavers hope to elevate the intensity another level this Saturday against the University of Nevada in an 11 a.m. match at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus.

OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny felt the Beavers resiliency on Nov. 4 after a poor performance the previous night was a mixed blessing.

'It's one of those things,' Podkoscielny said. 'Not to take anything away from Utah - they've done an excellent job of racing - but we should have been more mentally present at that meet. So bouncing back and showing emotional and mental toughness on the second day was a result of us doing a poor job on Friday. That (Friday's performance) shouldn't have happened. So it's a moral victory but it still doesn't do anything for us. We should have been better on the first day - period.'

The Beavers will look to knock off the Wolfpack for the first time since the 1979-80 season, when OSU claimed its only win in the series by a score of 79-61. The teams met in 1998-99, with Nevada defending its home pool with a 111-27 win to improve to 9-1 in the series.

'Their strenghts are most likely going to be the distance events, the butterfly and backstroke,' Podkoscielny said. 'They're going to be a little weaker in breaststrokes, and that's where our strengths are.'

Nevada graduated several swimmers from last year's squad that finshed in the top 20 at the NCAA Championship, so their outlook is still a bit unclear.

'They've graduated quite a few good swimmers in the past, so I'm not sure if they're going to be as good as they were last year when they finished in the top 20 in the NCAAs. They're still a very good team and a very well-coached team. They've got a coach (Mike Shrader) who is in his second year who is taking the team through a transistion, he's done a great job with them.'

The Beavers will utilize their week of practice to work on details such as turns and dives, two areas which have been a little rough around the edges thus far this season.

'We're definitely going to do a better job on the little things, like turns and dives,' Podkoscielny said. 'We were getting beat on the walls (in Utah). When you swim 25 yards, there's not a whole lot of room for mistakes. Walls are such a crucial part of the racing strategy, and if you don't have good walls, you're really giving up a lot of room for somebody else to step in and take over the race.

'Some swimmers are stronger in that area than others, but we definitely have a lot of room to improve in that area and that's something we're going to have to focus on in the next few weeks, both going into (Nevada) and also going into the Speedo Cup.'

The Beavers see the Nevada meet as a good test of where they stand before the season gets into high gear, and swimmers will make every effort to set standards for the rest of the year on Saturday.

'This is the last tune-up before the Speedo Cup for us,' Podkoscielny said. 'We're going to be shaving some of our swimmers at that meet and try to go for season-best times. This is the last opportunity for us to work on our racing strategy, so this weekend is going to be very, very important for us. We're not going to get a second chance like we did in Utah if we don't show up this weekend, this is just one dual meet.'

HEAD COACH MARIUSZ PODKOSCIELNY: Mariusz Podkoscielny is in his fifth season as head coach at Oregon State. In his first four years, OSU had a dual meet record of 16-27 overall and 2-11 in the Pacific-10. Podkoscielny, 32, is a 9-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 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.

OSU VS. NEVADA: The Beavers have defeated the Wolfpack once in the series, the Beavers are 1-9 since the series began in 1980. OSU lost in the 1998-99 season 111-27. The Beavers win came in 1979-80, when OSU posted a 79-61 win.

STEVENS NATATORIUM: For the second season in a row, Oregon State scheduled all its home swim meets on campus as the Beavers moved into Stevens Natatorium in the 1999-2000 season. OSU had a 3-1 dual meet record at home in 2000.

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 this 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'S BEST DUAL MARK SINCE ... : Oregon State's 7-3 dual meet record last season gave the Beavers their first winning season since going 7-4 in 1991. The last time OSU won more than 7 dual meets in a season was 1983, when OSU finished 8-2. The Beavers' .700 winning percentage in dual meets was Oregon State's highest since a .750 mark while going 6-2 in 1990.

OSU is 2-2 in dual meets this year.

OREGON STATE SCHOOL RECORDS: Oregon State set three school records in its first meet of the season, a double dual with Pacific and San Jose State on Oct. 21. The Beavers did not set any records in the high altitudes of Salt Lake City when they swam against Utah on Nov. 3 and 4. OSU did split the meets, dropping the first meet and claiming the second. Here's a look at the records that have been set this season:

1,000 freestyle	Naya Higashijima 10:16.57, Oct. 21 at San Jose State100 breaststroke	Birte Steven, 1:03.23, Oct. 21 at San Jose State200 breaststroke	Birte Steven, 2:17.29, Oct. 21 at San Jose State

OREGON STATE EVENT WINNERS: In the dual meet season, freshman Birte Steven leads the Beavers with nine wins. A look at this season's winners:(Wins while swimming as an exhibtion entry are inparentheses, those wins are not included in total)

1. Birte Steven	        92. Naya Higashijima	73. Paula Finlay	        44. Suzanne Starkey	25. Erin Buckley	        15. Arianna Higuera	15. Jill McMinn	        1

BEAVERS' PLACES ON SCHOOL TOP-10 LISTS: After one double dual and two dual meets, the 2000-2001 Oregon State team held 58 of the 140 places on list of top 10 performers in each event.

Here are the members of the 2000-2001 OSU squad with the most entries on the school's all-time leaders list:

1. Naya Higashijima 	72. Paula Finlay	        63. Arianna Higuera	54. Sarah Cohen	        4tie. Amy Imwalle	4tie. Bonnie Renwick	4

WHERE THE BEAVERS RANK ON SCHOOL LISTS: Here are OSU's school records and where members of the 2000-2001 Beavers (listed in bold type) rank on the school's top-10 lists through Nov. 6:

50 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	23.11	19944. Arianna Higuera	23.99	20006. Bonnie Renwick	24.42	19999. Erin Buckley	        24.57	1998100 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	50.64	19955. Arianna Higuera	52.31	19997. Bonnie Renwick	53.19	20009. Trista Hedlind	53.25	2000200 FREESTYLE1. Traci Lamoure	1:50.91	19983. Naya Higashijima	1:52.89	20004. Melissa Hsieh	1:54.28	19985. Arianna Higuera	1:54.57	20007. Paula Finlay	        1:54.99	20008. Amy Imwalle	        1:55.12	19999. Erin Buckley	        1:55.19	199810. Trista Hedlind	1:55.52	2000500 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	4:54.99	20006. Amy Imwalle	        5:06.95	19999. Jill Personius	5:10.63	20001,000 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	10:16.57	20014. Jill McMinn	        10:38.50	20005. Amy Imwalle	        10:43.96	19996. Dana Stoddard	10:44.56	19991,650 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	16:55.87	20004. Amy Imwalle	        17:28.21	19995. Dana Stoddard	17:35.08	19997. Jill McMinn	        17:51.30	2000100 BACKSTROKE1. Tori Eisenbeis	57.23	19956. Suzanne Starkey	58.56	20008. Erin Buckley	        1:00.50	200110. Jill Personius	1:00.90	2001200 BACKSTROKE1. Christy Ryerson	2:03.41	19945. Paula Finlay	        2:07.77	20017. Suzanne Starkey	2:08.73	2000100 BUTTERFLY1. Kristin Martinec	57.20	19992. Naya Higashijima	57.88	20003. Melissa Hsieh	58.03	19984. Bonnie Renwick	58.12	19999. Arianna Higuera	59.31	1999200 BUTTERFLY1. Naya Higashijima	2:01.96	20003. Melissa Hsieh	2:07.67	19985. Kristin Martinec	2:09.34	199910. Jill McMinn	        2:11.28	2000100 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven	        1:03.23	20012. Paula Finlay	        1:04.39	20003. Kristen Severance	1:06.45	20007. Sheila Tehranchi	1:07.35	19999. Sarah Cohen	        1:07.81	1999200 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven	        2:17.29	20013. Paula Finlay	        2:20.09	20004. Sarah Cohen	        2:21.70	19995. Kristen Severance	2:22.78	20007. Sheila Tehranchi	2:23.93	2000200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Paula Finlay	        2:05.46	20003. Arianna Higuera	2:08.10	19996. Sarah  Cohen	        2:10.96	19997. Kristen Severance	2:10.97	19998. Bonnie Renwick	2:11.20	200010. Birte Steven	2:11.63	2001400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Erica Stephens	4:28.16	19982. Birte Steven	        4:29.86	20014. Paula Finlay	        4:33.00	20015. Sarah Cohen  	4:34.82	19998. Naya Higashijima	4:35.85	200010. Sheila Tehranchi	4:41.33	1999

NOTE: This list complete through Nov. 6.

BEAVER SPORTS INFORMATION: Oregon State women's swimming sports information director Travis Lahman can be reached at (541) 737-7472. OSU women's swimming information is also on the athletic department website at www.osubeavers.com

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