Beavers Set Four Records In Day One Of Championships

Feb. 27, 2003

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Oregon State set four school records Thursday and is in eighth place in team competition after day one of the Pacific-10 women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatics Center.

UCLA leads the meet with 418.5 points. The Beavers scored 139 points and trail seventh-place Washington by 5.5 points.

'We had a really good morning overall and had six individual finals swims, which is the most-ever on a Thursday night for us,' Oregon State head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'We are really excited as this the highest point total for us after one day.'

Oregon State broke school records in both relay events. The 200-yard freestyle team of Kristin Huston, Suzanne Starkey, Ausra Pacebutaite and Paula Finlay finished eighth and recorded a time of a one minute, 34.61 seconds. The foursome previously held the record at 1:36.55.

Pacebutaite, Birte Steven, Starkey and Huston placed fifth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:43.69, surpassing the previous record time of 3:44.31 they set earlier this season.

'Our relays will finish in the top 20 in the nation (time wise) which is awesome,' Podkoscielny said. 'It's just another reference point to see where the program is. We started getting individuals (Steven and Naya Higashijima) to NCAAs and now we are getting relays close to qualifying.'

Steven broke her own record in the 200 individual medley with a preliminary time of 2:03.53, bettering her mark by .09 seconds. Steven finished 12th overall, and was joined by Paula Finlay ( 15th), Christina Kinney ( 22nd) and Mari Embertson (24th) in the finals.

Suzanne Starkey set the Beavers' other record on the day. The senior, whose previous best mark was 55.76, swam a 55.07 in her 100 butterfly time trial.

Huston finished 14th overall in the 50 freestyle and matched her personal best with a time of 23.40 in her preliminary race. Kristi Kuhlmey's 24th place finish in the 500 freestyle gave the Beavers a total of six swimmers in event finals.

'There is a little feeling of missed opportunities in the evening,' Podkoscielny said. 'We got into finals but fell off a little bit. With the success we had in the morning, however, I think the appetite to do well got bigger.'

The meet resumes Friday at 11 a.m., with preliminary races. Finals races are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.


1. UCLA 418.50; 2. Stanford 409, 3. USC 353; 4. California 301; 5. Arizona State 239; 6. Arizona 217, 7. Washington 144.5; 8. Oregon State 139, 9. Washington State 95.

Results (1st place and Oregon State)

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. California, 1:31.01; 8. Oregon State (Huston, Starkey, Pacebutaite, Finlay) 1:34.61; Oregon State (Foree, Thomas, Svoboda, Hong) 1:42.42. 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Kaitlin Sandeno, USC, 4:39.50; 24. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 5:02.30 (4:58.01 prelim); 31. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 5:02.55; 39. Jillian McMinn, OSU, 5:06.77; 44. Leanne Svoboda, OSU, 5:15.07. 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Michala Kwasny, USC, 1:58.67; 12. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:03.70 (2:03.53 prelim); 15. Paula Finlay, OSU, 2:05.15 (2:04.27 prelim); 22. Christina Kinney, OSU, 2:05.42 (2:04.60); 24. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:08.03 (2:05.31 prelim); 36. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 2:06.81; 42. Leah Schaab, 2:07.99; 46. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:10.33; 53. Chelsea Keown, OSU, 2:13.78; 54. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 2:14.21; Naya Higashijima, OSU, x2:06.72. 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Natalie Coughlin, California, 22:05; 14. Kristin Huston, OSU, 23.46 (23.40 prelim); 34. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 24.22; 55. Lynsey Foree, OSU, 26.27; 58. Anna Zucker, OSU, 28.00; Suzanne Starkey, OSU, x23.84; Leanne Svoboda, OSU, x26.23. 400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Stanford, 3:35.94; 5. Oregon Stae (Pacebutaite, Steven, Starkey, Huston) 3:43.69; Oregon State (Thomas, Embertson, C. Kinney, D. Kinney) 3:55.19.

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