Beavers Head For Honolulu

Dec. 4, 2001


Oregon State at Hawaii, Honolulu, Haw., 6 p.m. PST


Oregon State vs. Seattle, Honolulu Haw., 6 p.m. PST

Oregon State (3-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10 duals) goes to Hawai'i for its annual winter training trip, and while in the islands the Beavers will swim their final dual meets in the year 2001 against Hawai'i (1-0 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic) and Seattle (2-0). OSU had originally been scheduled to go to Florida and meet Miami (Fla.) and Florida State but altered its schedule this fall.

With finals week concluding Friday, the Beavers will fly to Honolulu on Saturday and compete against the Wahine the following day in what OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny sees as a tough meet.

'We are coming off a pretty tiring week,' Podkoscielny said. 'And to fly out the whole day and compete the next day will be hard. They are diving against us and that puts us down 32 points (because OSU does not have a diving squad). There will be a short swimming order (of 11 events rather than the longer 14-event option), so it is going to be a pretty tough meet for us.'

The Beavers overcame lost diving points in a meet earlier this year at Nevada to win 150-144. However, Sunday's shorter program gives OSU fewer chances to make up those points.

After swimming against Hawai'i, the Beavers will spend a week in hard training before competing against Seattle, a Division II school. After that, OSU won't return to action until a Jan. 12 home meet against Brigham Young.

'It's a crucial time for our girls to make sure they go home and practice,' Podkoscielny said of the layoff between meets over the holidays. 'We put in three good months and with the nature of the sport, if you don't train for 10 days, you pretty much start from scratch. We will only have eight weeks until the Pac-10 Championships so we need to focus on our next step of racing, which is speed.'

Oregon State is coming off its top performance of the year, as the Beavers placed second in the 21-team Speedo Cup held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Long Beach, Calif.

ALL-TIME VERSUS HAWAII AND SEATTLE: Oregon State is swimming dual meets against Hawaii and Seattle for the first time.

LAST MEET: Oregon State swam to second place in the 21-team Speedo Cup, breaking 11 school records in the process. That matched the best-ever finish for the Beavers in the meet, which is one of the key events in OSU's season.

Birte Steven assured herself a spot in the NCAA Championships for the second straight year with her automatic qualifying time of 2 minutes, 13.95 seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke. Naya Higashijima may also have earned herself a trip to the national meet with her 2:00.32 in the 200 butterfly, that meets the standard for NCAA consideration and OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny feels confident the mark will be good enough to earn Higashijima her first trip to nationals.

'We've never had a meet like this,' Podkoscielny said. 'I couldn't be happier. Everyone performed well. We got persona-best times, season-best times - people had a lot of breakthough swims. It was as good as we could have imagined.'

In addition to the 200 butterfly, Higashijima set school records in the 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle. Steven had the new mark in the 200 breaststroke, Paula Finlay broke the record in the 200 individual medley, Kristin Huston broke the record in the 200 freestyle, Suzanne Starkey broke the record in the 100 butterfly, OSU also got new relay marks in the 800 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 medley.

HEAD COACH MARIUSZ PODKOSCIELNY: Mariusz Podkoscielny is in his sixth season as head coach at Oregon State. Since taking over the Beaver program at the start of the 1996-97 season, Podkoscielny's teams have a dual meet record of 24-32 overall and 2-15 in the Pacific-10.

Podkoscielny, 33, is a nine-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 and 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.

BEAVERS FACE TOP-FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Oregon State will compete against 6 teams ranked in the CSCAA coaches poll of Nov. 29: No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 6 California, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 10 UCLA and No. 11 Southern California.

STEVENS NATATORIUM: Oregon State swims its home meets at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus. The Beavers are 2-0 at home in dual meets this season and have an all-time record of 7-3 in the pool.

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 the 1999-2000 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 SCHOOL RECORDS: Members of Oregon State's 2001-02 squad hold 11 of the 14 individual event school records. The Beavers have already begun rewriting the book this season, having broken school records 14 times in 12 different events. A look at the occasions when OSU has set school marks this season:

     1,000 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,10:09.39, Oct. 26 vs. Utah.     400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Naya Higashijima,4:26.56, Nov. 3 vs. San Jose State.     400 MEDLEY RELAY: Suzanne Starkey,Birte Steven, Naya Higashijima and Kristin Huston,3:48.03, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup.     200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Paula Finlay,2:04.54, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup.     500 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,4:54.86, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup (prelims).     500 FREESYLE: Naya Higashijima,4:54.05, Nov. 29 at Speedo Cup (finals).     200 FREESTYLE: Kristin Huston,1:50.61, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.     100 BUTTERFLY: Suzanne Starkey,56.14, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.     800 FREESTYLE RELAY: Naya Higashijima,Paula Finlay, Birte Steven and Kristin Huston,7:31.50, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.     200 MEDLEY RELAY: Suzanne Starkey,Birte Steven, Bonnie Renwick and Kristin Huston,1:44.09, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.     1,000 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,10:08.93, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.     1,650 FREESTYLE: Naya Higashijima,16:43.75, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.     200 BUTTERFLY: Naya Higashijima,2:00.32, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.     200 BREASTROKE: Birte Steven,2:13.95, Dec. 1 at Speedo Cup.

OREGON STATE EVENT WINNERS: So far this season, Naya Higashijima tops OSU swimmers in individual event victories with 10 wins. The Beaver leaders through Dec. 1 (exhibition wins in parentheses, and not included in total):

1. Naya Higashijima	(2) 142. Birte Steven 	93. Kristin Huston	74. Suzanne Starkey	35. Paula Finlay 	1(tie) Verena Hass	1(tie) Jessie Hong 	1(tie) Mari Embertson	1(tie) Bonnie Renwick	(1)

BEAVERS' PLACES ON SCHOOL TOP-10 LISTS: Current OSU squad members hold 53 of the 141 places on the Beavers' list of the top 10 performers in each individual event. Current Beaver swimmers with entries on the OSU all-time leaders list through Dec. 1:

1. Naya Higashijima 	72. Paula Finlay	        6(tie) Suzanne Starkey	6(tie) Birte Steven	65. Bonnie Renwick	56. Kristin Huston	47. Mari Embertson	38. Kristin Martinec	2(tie) Jillian McMinn	2(tie) Dana Stoddard	2(tie) Sheila Tehranchi	2(tie) Verena Haas	2(tie) Jessie Hong	2(tie) Grace Peterson	215. Nicole Reynolds	1(tie) Jill Personius	1

WHERE THE BEAVERS RANK ON SCHOOL LISTS: Here are OSU's school records and where members of the 2001-2002 Beavers (listed in bold type) rank on the school's individual top-10 lists through Dec. 1:

50 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	23.11	19942. Kristin Huston	23.69	20026. Suzanne Starkey	24.10	20018. Bonnie Renwick	24.36	2001100 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	50.64	19952. Kristin Huston	51.40	20027. Suzanne Starkey	52.42	200110. Bonnie Renwick	53.19	2000200 FREESTYLE1. Kristin Huston	1:50.61	20024. Naya Higashijima	1:52.89	20005. Birte Steven 	1:54.20	20029. Paula Finlay 	1:54.99	2000500 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	4:54.05	20005. Birte Steven 	5:05.31	20016. Verena Haas  	5:05.78	20028. Stephanie Chambers 	5:06.67	20021,000 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	10:08.93 20024. Verena Haas  	10:28.99 20025. Jillian McMinn	10:38.50 2000(tie) Grace Peterson	10:38.50 20028. Dana Stoddard	10:44.56 19991,650 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	16:43.75 20015. Grace Peterson	17:34.62 20026. Dana Stoddard	17:35.08 19998. Jill Personius	17:45.61 20019. Jillian McMinn	17:51.30 2000100 BACKSTROKE1. Suzanne Starkey	57.15	20017. Kristin Huston	59.37	20028. Bonnie Renwick	59.44	2001200 BACKSTROKE1. Christy Ryerson	2:03.41	19944. Paula Finlay 	2:05.45	20015. Suzanne Starkey	2:05.93	20017. Jessie Hong    	2:06.77	2002100 BUTTERFLY1. Suzanne Starkey	56.14	20022. Bonnie Renwick	57.04	20013. Naya Higashijima	57.17	20014. Kristin Martinec	57.20	1999200 BUTTERFLY1. Naya Higashijima	2:00.33	20025. Kristin Martinec	2:09.34	19996. Suzanne Starkey	2:09.44	20028. Verena Haas  	2:10.06	2002100 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven 	1:02.24	20012. Paula Finlay 	1:04.39	20004. Sheila Tehranchi	1:06.26	2001200 BREASTSTROKE1. Birte Steven 	2:13.95	20022. Paula Finlay 	2:19.50	20024. Sheila Tehranchi	2:21.17	20017. Mari Embertson	2:22.89	20028. Nicole Reynolds	2:23.87	2002200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Paula Finlay 	2:04.54	20022. Birte Steven 	2:05.25	20026. Mari Embertson	2:08.96	200210. Bonnie Renwick	2:11.20	2000400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY1. Naya Higashijima	4:26.56	20022. Birte Steven 	4:27.99	20014. Paula Finlay 	4:28.30	20015. Mari Embertson	4:29.99	200210. Jessie Hong 	4:36.46	2002
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