Steven Earns All-Academic Honor

May 17, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's swimmer Birte Steven was named to the 2002 Verizon Women's Academic All-District VIII At-Large Third Team. Steven, a sophomore from Hannover, Germany, has a 3.78 grade point average while majoring in Psychology.

The at-large team includes athletes in women's swimming, crew, gymnastics, skiing, fencing, ice hockey, water polo, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, golf and rifle. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20, be a starter or important reserve on the team, and be at least in their second season at their current school.

In the pool, Steven earned All-America honors in the 200-yard breaststroke with an 11th-place finish and in the 100 breaststroke with a 16th-place finish. Combined with her 16th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke as a freshman, she became the first Oregon State swimmer to earn three All-America honors.

Steven set school records six times in three different events this past season and was also on relays that set school records five times. Steven compiled 24 event victories during the regular season and helped guide Oregon State to a 31st-place finish at the NCAA Championships; that was OSU's best-ever finish at the national meet.

This isn't Steven's first recognition for her academic accomplishments. She was also named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team this season.

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