Beavers Looking To Bounce Back, Host Long-Time Nemesis Huskies In Final Dual Meet Of The Season

Feb. 6, 2002



Washington at Oregon State, Stevens Natatorium, 11 a.m.

Oregon State (7-4 overall, 0-3 Pacific-10) concludes the dual meet portion of its schedule when it hosts Pacific-10 rival Washington on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Stevens Natatorium..

The Beavers had their seven-meet winning streak snapped last weekend with a pair of losses at Washington State. The Huskies (4-2 overall, 0-2 Pacific-10) are coming off of a 208-78 victory over Hawai'i Jan. 26.

'We are going to try to bounce back after the losses at Washington State,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We understand that Washington is a tough team and going into the Pac-10 Championships we need to race hard regardless.

'We've been working hard in practice and it is important that we have a good weekend practicing the aspects of racing.'

Washington has won all 24 of the teams' meetings since the two programs began competing against each other in 1977. Podkoscielny said he would like to end the streak against the Huskies, but also that his team has other goals in mind.

'The team talks about the streak and it is going to end one day, we would like it to be this weekend,' Podkoscielny said. 'At the same time, we realize there is more in our goals than beating Washington.

'We are going to be at home and we haven't lost at home this season, so it would be nice to keep that streak going. On paper they are stronger, but different factors come into play. I believe this is the best shot we've had at beating Washington, and teamwise we will put together a good meet, race hard and hopefully the outcome will be positive for us.'

Saturday marks the final home meet for OSU seniors Bonnie Renwick, Dana Stoddard, Sheila Tehranchi, Jill Personius and Kristin Martinec. After going 2-7 in their first season, the Beavers have put together three straight winning dual-meet campaigns.

'For the seniors, it is their last time swimming at Stevens and it is going to be an emotional weekend,' Podkoscielny said. 'Hopefully, we can finish their four years at OSU with a dual meet win.'

ALL-TIME VERSUS WASHINGTON: Oregon State is going for its first-ever victory over the Huskies. The Beavers are 0-24 all-time vs. Washington. Last year, OSU lost 134-124 in Seattle.

LAST MEETS: Oregon State had its seven-meet winning streak end when it lost 159-103 at Washington State on Feb. 1. The Beavers also dropped the Feb. 2 meet against the Cougars 113-90.

'I was disappointed with the outcomes, but I'm extremely excited about the effort we gave Saturday,' OSU head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'This was one of the best team efforts that I have seen from this team. Saturday was a good moral victory for us.

'We did a lot better in the second- through fifth-place finishes Saturday. There were a couple of close races, but we just didn't get enough breaks. WSU put together a good meet and they are a well-improved team.'

The Cougars led from the start in the victory Friday, but OSU challenged Saturday, grabbing an early lead and trailing just 98-88 heading into the meet's final event.

OSU's Naya Higashijima won the 1,000- and 500-yard freestyle races in each meet and set a Washington State pool record in the 1,000 freestyle Friday night. Birte Steven placed first in 3 events and swam a leg on the 400 medley team for OSU's other race victory.

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 28-34 overall and 2-17 in the Pacific-10.

Podkoscielny, 33, 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 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: This season, Oregon State will compete against 6 teams ranked in the CSCAA coaches poll as of Jan. 30: No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Southern California, No. 10 Arizona State and No. 11 UCLA.

STEVENS NATATORIUM: Oregon State swims its home meets at Stevens Natatorium on the OSU campus. The Beavers are 3-0 at home in dual meets this season and have an all-time record of 8-3 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 WINNING STREAK: Oregon State's 7-meet winning streak this season, which ended Feb. 1, is the third-longest winning streak in the history of the program. The Beavers won 6 straight duals between the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. Oregon State's longest winning streak is 11, a feat accomplished twice. The 1979-80 team won its last 8 meets and the following season started with 3 wins. In 1981-82, OSU finished with 5 wins and the Beavers won their first 6 dual meets during the 1982-82 season.

OREGON STATE SEASON FINISHES: The Beavers have guaranteed themselves a winning season in dual meets with a current record of 7-4 and only 1 dual meet remaining. This marks the third consecutive year that OSU will finish with a winning record, that's the longest streak since a 4-year run above .500 from 1987-88 to 1990-91.

OREGON STATE WIN TOTALS: A victory over the Huskies would be OSU's eighth dual meet win of the season and its highest win total in a season since the 1981-82 team finished 9-1. The Beavers have won 7 duals in a season 5 times since 1982, including 7 in each of the past 2 seasons.

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 Higashijimaand 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 Stevenand Kristin Huston,7:31.50, Nov. 30 at Speedo Cup.200 MEDLEY RELAY: Suzanne Starkey, Birte Steven, Bonnie Renwickand 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.

First things first OREGON STATE EVENT WINNERS: So far this season, Naya Higashijima tops OSU swimmers in individual event victories with 27 wins. The Beaver leaders through Feb. 2 (exhibition wins in parentheses, and not included in total):

1. Naya Higashijima	(2) 272. Birte Steven	        (1) 203. Kristin Huston	    144. Suzanne Starkey	     3(tie) Verena Hass	     36. Paula Finlay	             27. Jessie Hong 	             1(tie) Mari Embertson	     1(tie) Bonnie Renwick	 (1) 1(tie) Sheila Tehranchi	     1 

BEAVERS' PLACES ON SCHOOL TOP-10 LISTS: Current OSU squad members hold 56 of the 140 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 Feb. 2:

1. Naya Higashijima 	82. Birte Steven	        73. Paula Finlay	        6(tie) Suzanne Starkey	65. Bonnie Renwick	4(tie) Kristin Huston	47. Mari Embertson	3(tie) Verena Haas	39. Kristin Martinec	2(tie) Jillian McMinn	2(tie) Dana Stoddard	2(tie) Sheila Tehranchi	2(tie) Jessie Hong	2(tie) Grace Peterson	215. Stephanie Chambers	1(tie) 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 Feb. 2:

50 FREESTYLE1. Amy van Loben Sels	23.11	19942. Kristin Huston	23.69	20026. Suzanne Starkey	23.96	20028. 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	20024. Verena Haas	        5:03.72	20026. Birte Steven	        5:05.31	20018. Stephanie Chambers	5:06.67	20021,000 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	10:08.93	20022. Birte Steven	        10:19.01	20025. Verena Haas	        10:26.61	20026. Grace Peterson	10:26.76	20027. Jillian McMinn	10:38.50	20009. Dana Stoddard	10:44.56	19991,650 FREESTYLE1. Naya Higashijima	16:43.75	20025. 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	20024. Verena Haas	        2:07.72	20026. Kristin Martinec	2:09.34	19997. Suzanne Starkey	2:09.44	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. Naya Higashijima	2:08.40	20027. Mari Embertson	2:08.96	2002400 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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