Swimming Remains in Eighth Place After Day Two at Pacific-10 Championships; Kristin Huston and the 200-yard Freestyle Relay Team Break School Records

Feb. 26, 2004

Oregon State kept their eighth place standing after day two of racing finished at the Pacific-10 Championships Thursday evening. California swimmer and world record holder Natalie Coughlin took the spotlight with a Pacific-10 record in the 200-yard individual medley, while Stanford remained in first place overall.

Junior Kristin Huston had the best finish of the night for the Beavers, with a sixth place swim of 23.26 seconds in the 50 freestyle. The time bested her school of 23.40 seconds set Feb. 27 of 2003.

'Tex had the best swim of the evening for us,' Beaver head coach Larry Liebowitz said. 'Brie also had a lifetime best swim.'

Freshman Brie Marhenke finished 22nd with a mark of 23.90 seconds.

In the 200 individual medley, the only finisher for the Beavers was senior All-American Birte Steven, with her 16th place time of 2 minutes, 3.90 seconds.

The relay team of Huston, Steven, sophomore Ausra Pacebutaite, and Marhenke earned the Beavers an eighth place finish in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.42.

'There was a school record set in the relay,' Liebowitz said. 'Our best days are coming up, though. I think our strongest showing will be in the 400 IM and in the stroke events.'

Racing continues Friday morning and evening, with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay making it a full day for the swimmers.

Team Scores After Six Events and 3M Diving:1. Stanford 4822. UCLA 4103. Arizona 3984. California 3545. Arizona State 322.56. USC 3187. Washington 1348. Oregon State 129.59. Washington State 128
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