Steven Qualifies For World University Games

May 23, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State junior Birte Steven qualified for the World University Games as a member of the German National Swimming Team after finishing third in the women's 200-meter breaststroke and fourth in the 100 breaststroke at the German Championships last week in Hamburg.

Steven's time in the 200 breaststroke (2 minutes, 28.48 seconds) is the eighth-fastest mark in the world this year. Sarah Poewe won the event in 2:27.60 and Anne Poleska took second at 2:28.04.

Poewe also won the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:09.20. Caroline Bohm finished second in 1:09.57 and Vipa Bernhardt placed third at 1:09.64. Steven completed the race in 1:10.23.

'That was a great accomplishment for Birte and OSU swimming,' Oregon State head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny said. 'It is something special to have a swimmer in the top 10 in the world. We are all really proud of Birte and look forward to another year of watching her swim at the NCAA level and getting her qualified for the 2004 Olympics.'

In March, Steven had OSU's best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships when she placed sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke. She also finished 11th in the 100 breaststroke and is a five-time All-American. This week Steven was selected to the Verizon Academic All District VIII women's at-large second team, which includes athletes in swimming, crew, gymnastics, skiing, fencing, ice hockey, field hockey, gymnastics, water polo, lacrosse, tennis, golf and rifle.

Steven will train in Corvallis during the summer in preparation for the World University Games, which takes place late August in South Korea.


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