Birte Steven Named Most Valuable Swimmer as Beavers Win Speedo Cup

Nov. 22, 2003

Birte Steven set a Speedo Cup record in the 200-yard breaststroke as Oregon State (2-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10) cruised to a first place finish out of 23 schools. The senior All-American was named Most Valuable Swimmer of the Speedo Cup along with senior Markus Rogan of the Stanford men.

Sophomore Ausra Pacebutaite rewrote her own Oregon State all-time record in the 200 backstroke and finished second. The sophomore pair of Christina Kinney and Monika Miroslaw bettered their second and third place standings in the OSU all-time records with their first and second place finishes in the 200 butterfly.

Adding to the first place finishes were junior Kristin Huston in the 100 freestyle and the OSU 'A' relay team in the 400 freestyle relay. Freshman Sandy Hong finished second in the 1,650 freestyle with a time good enough to put her third in the OSU all-time books.

Also finishing well for the Beavers were junior Mari Embertson's third place finish in the 200 breaststroke, and sophomore Kristi Kuhlmey's tenth place finish in the 1,650 freestyle. The Beavers ended the meet with 1,069 points, 138.5 points ahead of second place California-San Diego.

Up next for the swimmers is a visit to Hawai'i to take on Cincinnati, Northwestern, and host school Hawai'i on December 18th.

OREGON STATE 1,069; FINAL RESULTS

1,650 FREESTYLE - 1. Ashley Swart, USD, 16:51.84; 2. Sandy Hong, OSU, 17:03.15; 3. Semah Zaverah, UCI, 17:15.01; 4. Sophie Levy, UCSD, 17:21.76; 5. Julienne White, AFA, 17:28.21; 10. Kristi Kuhlmey, OSU, 17:41.80. 200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Kristin Schneider, CSU, 1:58.86; 2. Ausra Pacebutaite, OSU, 2:01.65; 3. Brittany Davis, BYU, 2:04.17; 4. Kim Do, UCI, 2:04.25; 5. Natasha Schlup, BYU, 2:05.39; 18. Jessie Hong, OSU, 2:09.16. 100 FREESTYLE - 1. Kristin Huston, OSU, 51.17; 2. Cortnee Adams, UN, 51.53; 3. Emily Harlan, UCSD, 51.60; 4. Anju Shimura, UN, 52.05; 5. Melissa Johnson, FSU, 52.47; 14. Danielle Kinney, OSU, 53.72; 25. Brie Marhenke, OSU, 53.63. 200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Birte Steven, OSU, 2:10.89; 2. Rosanna Delurgio, UCSD, 2:17.53; 3. Mari Embertson, OSU, 2:18.44; 4. Lara Bjargardottir, UCI, 2:18.45; 5. Stephanie Gabert, UN, 2:20.30. 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Christina Kinney, OSU, 2:01.14; 2. Monika Miroslaw, OSU, 2:01.50; 3. Ashley Depaul, UCI, 2:05.64; 4. Megan Woodworth, NMSU, 2:06.04; 5. Corinne Hofstetter, CSU, 2:06.05; 15. Leah Schaab, OSU, 2:10.91; 16. Ashleigh Thomas, OSU, 2:11.93. 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Oregon State A, 3:29.93; 2. California-San Diego A, 3:31.44; 3. California-Irvine A, 3:33.08; 4. Brigham Young A, 3:33.06; 5. New Mexico State A, 3:34.57; 19. Oregon State B, 3:42.92.

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